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Wrecked

3.63  ·  Rating details ·  955 Ratings  ·  141 Reviews
A tragic car wreck leads to PTSD and therapeutic salvation in this novel from the author of America, which Kirkus Reviews deemed “a work of sublime humanity.”

Anna is involved in a horrific accident one night that leaves her brother’s beautiful and popular girlfriend dead. Suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder, she begins an unusual method of therapy called EMDR (Ey
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Paperback, 256 pages
Published April 24th 2007 by Atheneum Books for Young Readers (first published September 27th 2005)
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Wilson
Oct 07, 2010 rated it did not like it
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18 October 2010
Wrecked:
Drama Without Reason
If tragedy struck in your life, would you whine about it for eternity, or try to get past it? Wrecked, written by E.R. Frank is a slow, melodramatic realistic fiction novel. Anna is a girl whose life is shaped after a traumatic accident. She and her friend Ellen barely survive the crash that takes place in front of Wayne’s house, after leaving a party. However, the other driver wasn’t so lucky. T
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Erin
Apr 15, 2007 rated it it was amazing
The night that continues to haunt Anna begins with a party at a friend's house. After her friend Ellen gets inebriated, Anna gets behind the wheel. A series of events lead up to a collision that injures Ellen and kills the other driver - who just happens to be the girlfriend of Anna's brother. Anna continues to hear Cameron's screams...but what affects her the most is when the screaming stops. In addition to this, she suffers from nightmares and panic attacks. Unfortunately, her father is in com ...more
Amanda Goff
Apr 05, 2014 rated it it was ok
Not great.
Jenna Buss
Jul 02, 2017 rated it it was ok
This really wasn't my favorite book. I was expecting it to be a lot better than it turned out to be, and it was pretty repetitive. The story never really went anywhere after the accident, and I grew tired of reading the same thing over, and over, and over. The fact that the author brought up different memories from when the protagonist was a kid did nothing except for distract the reader from the present, and I felt like they didn't really tie into the story at all. I never really grew to like A ...more
Amy's Book Reviews
Grade: C-

After drinking at a party, Anna drives home with her drunk best friend Ellen in the passenger seat. Another car, with her brother in the passenger seat and his drunk (but otherwise perfect) girlfriend driving. Cameron does not survive. Ellen is badly injured. Jack, Ellen and Anna experience varying degrees of PTSD. At home, Anna's father, who has a history of OCD and rage seems to be falling apart.


Positives:

-An accurate description of PTSD and EMDR, though perhaps a bit over explaining
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Samantha Boualaphanh
1. Wrecked
2. E.R. Frank
3. Fiction
4. This book is about an ordinary girl hiding behind the shadows of her popular well-known brother. She had always been the one no one really notice until one night of drinking and driving where she killed her brothers girlfriend Cameron. The whole town and her parents convince people that she didn't kill her when she knows herself that she did. She now lives her life with flashbacks of the accident and the griefs of her family members.
5. One of the key motifs is
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Thomas
May 09, 2009 rated it liked it
"Wrecked" is about Anna, who unfortunately gets in a car accident with her best friend after a night of fun and drinking. She and her friend Ellen survive while her brother's boyfriend Cameron gets killed. After the incident Anna is suffering from panic attacks, nightmares, has a problem with her right eye, and can't even get close to her car. Her friend Ellen broke her leg and a few of her ribs. While the car accident barely left a physical mark on Anna, it did a whole lot of mental damage to h ...more
Maggie61
I expected better from this book. Great storyline, Anna is driving the car that severely injures her best friend and kills another young girl, coincidentally her brothers girlfriend. Although it was not her fault, this story is her journey of how Anna comes to terms with the accident and all that involves.
This was not a can't put the book down type of book. It was an effort to finish it. It's repetitive, jumps all over the place and quite frankly isn't that interesting.
Megan
I was on the fence about this one for a couple of chapters but then the accident happened and I was hooked. It's been a while since I've read a "normal" book where there are no aliens, space travel, sword fights, angels, demons, etc. It was a nice change of pace. There were so many times that I wanted to slap Anna's father and ask him what was wrong with him, and her brother too. Anyway, I don't want to say too much, but this one was a good, quick read in-between series.
Alicia
May 15, 2010 rated it really liked it
Shelves: female
Death at a young age affects everyone and even though the accident wasn't Anna's fault, people still assume it was still somehow her fault.
Karol
Apr 22, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This was a good book, it was not what i expected.
Dayna
Aug 22, 2015 rated it liked it
It ended abruptly. Kind of like most things.
JenacideByBibliophile
May 11, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fiction-ya
I read this book a few years ago and decided to re-read it and give it a review. For it’s simplistic storyline and very straight forward description, this is actually a great read. It is a Young Adult book about a girl named Anna who goes to a party with her best friend, Ellen, and drinks for the first time. After a couple shots and about three hours later, Anna realizes she missed curfew and drives herself and Ellen home. On the way, Anna and Ellen get into a serious car accident. All Anna can ...more
Alondra
Mar 05, 2017 rated it really liked it
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Sabrina Llamas
Oct 01, 2013 rated it really liked it
CHARACTERS: I rate the characters a 5. All of the characters were very well described. Anna is the main character and she gets in a car accident which kills her brothers newfound love and puts her best friend into a coma. The story focuses on her emotions as well as everyone elses thoughts about the accident. Some of the characters are charismatic,sensitive, foolish, fearful, and so on. I loved the characters because they are so believable. A father is firm and tender hearted which defines Anna' ...more
Megan Geo
Mar 24, 2015 rated it liked it
"Wrecked" is a novel by E.R. Frank about a teenage girl named Anna who gets in a car accident that has major impact on her life. The story starts with Anna going to a party with her best friend Ellen. When Ellen gets drunk, Anna drives them home, and while driving they get in a car crash and kill Anna’s brother Jack’s girlfriend, Cameron Polk. Anna escapes the accident with minor physical injuries, while Ellen ends up being unresponsive for a while due to brain damage, and a broken leg. Although ...more
Joan Aybar
Nov 16, 2014 rated it really liked it
Joan Aybar
November 17, 2014
Wrecked
E.R. Frank
What would you do if you accidentally killed someone you cared about? It was an ordinary night when Anna - the main character - and Ellen were extremely anxious to go to a party, waiting for long hours for the moment to arrive. After departing from the party completely drunk and unconscious, Anna and Ellen suffer from a car accident. Anna wakes up at the hospital screaming terrified. She noticed that her parents are in the room but she couldn’t iden
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Sydney21
Jun 14, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: may-june
Wrecked By E.R. Frank


Anna has a best friend just like everybody else, she has Ellen. They sit together, talk together, laugh together, and killed Cameron Pollock together. The accident that wrecked Cameron’s, Jack’s, Ellen’s, Anna’s and anybody close to Cameron’s lives, started with a party. Anna never liked the taste of alcohol, but Ellen did, Ellen got drunk and Anna was buzzed, when they tried to drive home they collided with an oncoming car, killing the driver Cameron Pollock.
Now Cameron is
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Elizabeth
Mar 02, 2011 rated it it was ok
"'Anna, listen to me,' she says...The driver of the other car died.'
'I know,' I tell her, but my jaw and mouth are chattering so much, I can't make the words.
'Anna,' my mother says. She pulls her arms even tighter, and I'm glad because I think I might shake myself right off the bed onto the floor if she weren't here, holding me together. 'It was Cameron Polk,' she says."

Anna and Ellen just wanted to go to the party and have fun. But a night that starts with them drinking and partying results in
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Rayan Lahlou
Aug 24, 2015 rated it really liked it
In a small town where everyone konws eachother's buisness; the protagonist of the story, Anna, is picking leaves in her garden during a sun set. When the fight falls, Anna wants to go to her bestfriend's house, Ellen, because of the party happening that night. Her father wants her to continue handpicking the leaves until the garage looks fine. Without listening to her father's restrictions Anna takes her car out and drives to Ellen's. Ellen explains to Anna that she shouldn't get drunk since Ell ...more
Courtney
Jun 17, 2016 rated it liked it
When I first looked into this book, I didn’t think there would be much special about it - after all, how intriguing can a book about a car accident be? I am pleased to say that I was proved wrong! (Albeit, slightly)

This book is about a sixteen year old girl, named Anna, who is involved in a car accident that kills her brother’s girlfriend. Her best friend is also involved in the wreck and she is injured very badly. Anna comes out of the wreck, remotely, unscathed and after a short stay at the ho
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Michelle
Mar 05, 2009 rated it really liked it
Wrecked is a story that deals with loss, guilt and healing. It centers on Anna as well as her friends and family as they all try to cope due to one situation or another that has impacted them. There are many different elements in this book that don't just revolve around the accident but mostly, it's about the underlying guilt that Anna feels following Cameron's death and the events that unravel as she tries to live her life with the recollection of that one night gone wrong.

I have never read any
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Danielle
Oct 18, 2009 rated it liked it
Shelves: books-i-own
I knew this book wasn't going to live up to the high expectations I had set when I saw the back when I read the "BEFORE" chapter. And when I finished the book, I was right.

Not to say that this book was horrible--it wasn't. It was just... okay. I didn't have the urge to hurl it across the room and burn it to a crisp like I had wanted to after trying out Alice Sebold's The Almost Moon. But I didn't love it either. I wasn't amazed when I read the last sentence. I wasn't crying when I put it down. I
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Lexie Mulhern
Mar 10, 2013 rated it really liked it
Imagine re-living a bad memory that you want nothing from except to forget. Now imagine you can't do very much to forget about it. It wouldn't be very fun living like that would it? Nobody wants to remember, let alone re-live a terrible event that you have had to struggle through. You would try to forget about it,but it keeps coming back to haunt you, and there isn't much you can do about it. A life like that would not be a very enjoyable way to live. 'Wrecked' by E.R Frank is a realistic fictio ...more
Marcia
Sep 10, 2013 rated it liked it
When I read the synopisis of Wrecked I immediately wanted to read this book! But I somehow did expect the main character to be a guy, I can't explain why.. I also expected this book to be in a letter format which it wasnt.

Wrecked is about Anna and Ellen who have a car accident after going to a party. In this accident the driver of the other car is killed - this happens to be Cameron, the girlfriend of Anna's brother.

During the book Anna suffers from panic attacks and nightmares. She, Ellen and J
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Jaemi
Jan 12, 2009 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ya-fiction
Anna finds herself in the most unfortunate position of having been on the other side of an accident which killed her brother’s girlfriend. And if that weren’t bad enough, her best friend Ellen was in the car with her, and suffered sever injuries. But while she was physically least scathed, Anna is the one who cannot readjust.

She doesn’t know what to say to her brother. She doesn’t know how to get used to the way her mother is treating her. To her dad being somewhat less of a jerk. To her brother
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02jessicar
Aug 25, 2011 rated it it was ok
She watched her friend as she saw her friend lay on her lap. Anna felt the warm blood on her leg. This story is very detailed that you can berly know whatnot is saying. This is 256 pages of a life lesson and story of a girls life. This amazing story is by E.R. Frank. The problem of this story is that anna (the main character) had a car accident and has killed a girl named Cameron pork. Which is her brothers girl friend. You can't imagine this story any other time then present time. It has cell ...more
Kendeli Ayala
Nov 29, 2011 rated it liked it
I gave this book a 3 only because I didn't like the ending at all. I usually read books with huge life morals or something that makes and ends the book in a really good way that I want to read it again. This book ends it in a casual way, I don't really get it. I don't like it at all. The only reason I finished this book was because I was more than halfway done with it and I needed the pounts for class. It was a real drag after the beginning. The beginning is the only good part in my opinion. It ...more
Danielle
Mar 16, 2015 rated it liked it
Coming home from a party, Anna gets into a wreck. The driver of the other car, Cameron Polk, is killed. Cameron Polk - Anna's brother's girlfriend, loved by all - dead. What comes next for Anna?

I really enjoyed Anna in this book. She started out as not very likable and very superficial, but then underwent a huge trauma that triggered major character growth. The depictions of PTSD and grief were very real to me. My favorite aspect of the book, however, was the EMRD. I loved the way that E.R. Fran
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Karen
Oct 06, 2010 rated it liked it
I really liked this book and I would have given it 4 stars but I felt it could have been a little more intense. If you like Love you, Hate you, Miss you by Elizabeth Scott you will like this book. Anna, the main character, is not writing letters to a dead friend, but she does get in a car accident and the person in the other car dies. This story is about how Anna and her family deals with the tragedy.

Anna has memories of better times she spend with her brother because after the accident Jack isn
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E. R. Frank is the author of two highly praised novels for Atheneum: America and Friction. Her first novel was Life Is Funny, winner of the Teen People Book Club NEXT Award for YA Fiction and was also a top-ten ALA 2001 Quick Pick.

In addition to being writer, E. R. Frank is also a clinical social worker and psychotherapist. She works with adults and adolescents and specializes in trauma.
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