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Review by Suze
Haley has a concussion. She's a freshman at college and her dream of being a professional soccer player might be over. While Haley is recovering her roommate Jenny comes home from a party completely broken. What happened to her and how can Haley help her roommate? Being there for a girl she's only just met isn't easy, especially not because her brain isn't fully functioning. Will she be able to be the person Jenny needs?
Richard likes the girl he keeps meeting when he's tutoring math. His girlfriend just broke up with him and Haley makes his life a lot more bearable. When Richard's friend Jordan asks for his help he reluctantly gives it, not knowing how many problems this agreement will cause. Jordan is being accused of raping Jenny and the girl Richard likes so much as well as his ex are involved in the case. Richard has landed himself in the middle of something he doesn't want to be part of at all, who's telling the truth and what are the consequences when it comes to light?
Wrecked is an impressive story with many different emotional layers. My heart ached for Jenny and everything she had to go through. Her story isn't completely coherent, which makes finding out what happened to her incredibly complicated, but it's clear from the start that something awful took place that destroyed her completely. Maria Padian writes about it in a beautiful emphatic way. The main focus of her story are Haley and Richard and most of Jenny's story is being told from their point of view. There are also small bits about Jenny herself and that gives the story an extra dimension, which is both impressive and heartbreaking. It kept me on the edge of my seat from beginning to end and I was often moved to tears when I read these pieces of Jenny's story.
Wrecked is a realistic story about an important subject. Unfortunately a lot of college girls have been, are and will be in Jenny's situation, which made me feel it even more. While she's already dealing with so much Jenny also has to answer suggestive questions, is being gossiped about, has to endure the hate of others and much more. Maria Padian writes about this in a raw and honest way. She combines this heavy subject with a complicated love story between Richard and Haley, which gives the story plenty of interesting angles. I think Wrecked is a fantastic poignant story and I highly recommend this book.
Wrecked isn't a light and easy read, keep that in mind before you start reading this amazing book.