Wrecked by Maria Padian

Genre: Teen/Young Adult Fiction
Publisher: Algonquin Young Readers
Release Date: October 4, 2016

Quick parent moment. Everything within Wrecked captures my biggest fear each time my daughter leaves the house to go to college. The novel scared me, made me angry, and at the same time left me hopeful that teens will read it and realize they can change things. This novel, however, is for the young adult reader, so it will evoke similar, yet I'm sure different, emotions.

Haley's geeky roommate has always been a little different, but since Jenny came home in the wee hours, she's never been the same. After hearing her roommate's been raped at a college party, Haley agrees to be Jenny's support person, even if her parents think Haley needs to back off and let someone else handle it.

Richard knows his friend hooked up with a freshman during a party. When Jordan asks him to hide that he ever said that, Richard agrees to keep silent, but only if authorities don't ask him. Richard's not going to lie to authorities, not even for a friend.

When Haley and Richard meet, neither realizes they are connected through this alleged rape. It's going to tear at their emotions and make them question those around them.

Rape on campus is a very real situation. It's not something any girl or guy for that matter should hide. There's no reason for the rape victim to feel shame, yet so many do. With the absurd sentencing Brock Turner received, it's even more maddening.

I hope teens read Wrecked and take it to heart. There is never a reason to force someone into something. If you are the victim of a rape, don't be afraid to speak up. I enjoyed seeing how things played out, even if I did get frustrated from time to time. It's simply that real.


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