Wrecked by Maria PadianWrecked by Maria Padian

Wrecked

byMaria Padian

Hardcover | October 4, 2016

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Everyone on campus has a different version of what happened that night.

Haley saw Jenny return from the party, shell-shocked.

Richard heard Jordan brag about the cute freshman he hooked up with.

When Jenny accuses Jordan of rape, Haley and Richard are pushed to opposite sides of the school’s investigation. Now conflicting versions of the story may make bringing the truth to light nearly impossible--especially when reputations, relationships, and whole futures are riding on the verdict.

Wrecked offers a kaleidoscopic account of a sexual assault on a college campus. It will leave you thinking about how memory, identity, and who sits in judgment shape what we all decide to believe about the truth.


 
 
Maria Padian is a graduate of Middlebury College (BA) and the University of Virginia (MA). She has worked as a news reporter, a press secretary for a US congressman, and an essayist/editor for public radio, and has written three previous YA novels: Brett McCarthy: Work in Progress, Jersey Tomatoes Are the Best, and Out of Nowhere. Mari...
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Title:WreckedFormat:HardcoverDimensions:368 pages, 8.25 × 5.5 × 1.25 inPublished:October 4, 2016Publisher:Algonquin BooksLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:1616206241

ISBN - 13:9781616206246

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Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good Read for Teens The book is about a rape on a college campus. I like that the story is told by the perspective of other people and not the accused and accuser. It was completely different from anything I had read before similar to this with the perspective being he said, she said. I enjoyed that there was a love story woven into the main story to give it something "more". It is definitely a good read for teenagers before heading off to college.
Date published: 2017-01-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Wonderful book with a fantastic message! I was seriously impressed with WRECKED. Campus rape is a huge topic in the news right now and I love that books like WRECKED are helping to bring even more awareness to it. I loved that WRECKED handles the subject in a unique way. The main characters aren't the ones directly involved. Instead they're both linked to the two people that the rape case pertains to. Haley is roommates with Jenny who came home from a party one night and several days later she reported that she had been raped. Richard is housemates with Jordan, the one Jenny has accused of raping her. We don't get to see Jenny's and Jordan's direct perspectives, but instead get to see things from Haley's and Richard's POVs which helps highlight how difficult it can be to get to the truth. In between chapters, Maria Padian has added an omniscient perspective which shows us exactly what happened at the party without any bias, so in the end we know exactly what happened. This combination allows us to see so many different perspectives and also see how big of an issue consent is. I also felt that their backgrounds made Haley and Richard great characters to tell this story through. Both Haley and Richard were pretty average students, and they were very realistic. Richard is a nice guy, a little bit immature, and raised with a typical white male attitude (i.e., entitled without realizing he's entitled at all), and Haley comes from a middle-class background where she was fairly protected and sheltered by her parents. Because of these backgrounds both Richard and Haley are pretty unaware of the nuances of consent, and neither of them have ever encountered rape before this, so their ignorance provides an ideal setting for these story. It allows the author to subtly educate the reader, and I found it extremely well done! It isn't the type of story where you deliberately feel like an author is trying to educate you while reading, but it does leave you with a much greater understanding of campus rape, how the truth can be easily distorted in rape cases, and how rape victims can be continuously victimized throughout the proceedings of cases such as the one detailed in WRECKED. I'm trying super hard not to spoil the finer details of this story because I think going into WRECKED without knowing the unbiased truth makes it even more interesting. I will say that I loved this book though and I think it handled campus rape very well. It was both a wonderful story and extremely informative and even a bit educational about consent which I really appreciated. I wholeheartedly recommend this book!
Date published: 2016-11-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from An intense account of sexual assault on a college campus Wrecked is a powerful story tackling a very current topic – rape and rape culture on college campuses and what happens when you have a she said/he said situation. My rating is 4.5 stars. In the book, Jenny is a quiet college student who keeps to herself for the most part. She has a roommate named Haley, a soccer player. We also meet Richard, another college student currently obsessed with his older girlfriend, who has a housemate named Jordan. One day, Jenny tells Haley that she was raped at a party by Jordan. The same night, Richard overhears Jordan bragging about how he had sex with Jenny. Neither Haley nor Richard are sure who to believe – and this is when the two of them meet. They don’t realize how they are already connected, and the two of them hit it off, until they discover that they are on different ‘sides.’ An investigation is initiated and different things come to light, prompting the book characters to change who they believe depending on the evidence. There are multiple povs, jumping from Haley, to Richard, to memories of what happened that night at the party. As for the reader, throughout the book there are flashes of what happened at the party so the reader knows the truth, but not many others in the book do. The book was very well-written and it unfolded in a way that made sense for its topic. It didn’t shy away from the very tough discussion of rape culture, especially rape culture on a college campus. I would absolutely recommend this book to teens who aren’t afraid to delve into what happens during a sexual assault case, investigation, and resolution; while the circumstances of this book are fictional, it mirrors other actual accounts of rape. The author, Maria Padian, tackles an extremely difficult subject and resolves it – although probably not to everyone’s liking – but in a way that rings true with other recent sexual assault cases that have been in the news.
Date published: 2016-08-03

Editorial Reviews

Fall 16 Kids’ Indie Next Pick “Padian’s latest boasts a swift, excellently crafted plot, exceedingly readable prose, and painfully relatable characters. It is especially surprising to find an affectionate involvement as believable as Haley and Richard’s in the middle of a story centering on a rape investigation. Particularly relevant for high school seniors and college freshmen” —Booklist, starred review“Powerful, suspenseful and illuminating . . . With intriguing, flawed characters and a gripping storyline, Wrecked by Maria Padian offers readers a view of a college sexual assault case that is as engrossing as it is important . . . valuable, riveting.” —Shelf Awareness for Readers, starred review “Rape on college campuses is a massive issue right now (hopefully not forever), and Maria Padian’s new novel Wrecked delves into not just the emotional and physical toll it takes on survivors but the bureaucracy and red tape that exists within the structures that are supposed to be stopping it.”—Bustle   “Padian excels at showing the messy aftermath of a sexual crime in a college community . . . This is a novel about truth and the damage done—to a community, to a person, and to relationships—when hard truths are hidden . . . Wrecked should be assigned to all incoming freshman, especially fraternity members. It’s not enough to have students sit through lectures about sexual assault and rape. They need to learn about it through a story where they see humans instead of statistics, and, as in Wrecked, the very real ripple effects that such a crime can have on an entire campus.” —Portland Press Herald (Portland, Maine)   “Outstanding, powerful, and important . . . This is, hands down, one of the best sexual assault reads in YA, and it’s a book that high schoolers of all genders should read.” —Kelly Jensen, Book Riot   “In the face of recent college rape trials, readers will be rapt and emotionally spent by the end. An important, devastating new perspective on an all-too-timely subject.” —Kirkus Reviews   “Revelatory, deeply real, and urgently important.” —Nova Ren Suma, author of The Walls Around Us   “This is an important and, unfortunately, timely novel . . . This isn’t just a book that all young men and women should read; it’s gripping and human enough that many will want to. Shelve and display alongside Laurie Halse Anderson’s Speak and Courtney Summers’s All the Rage.” —School Library Journal   “Padian avoids oversimplifying or stereotyping as she explores one such assault and its aftermath, telling a story that combines the most painful, everyday, and emotionally intimate aspects of college life . . . Padian’s expansion of the story to include friends and family lends it visceral realism, allowing readers to imagine themselves in a similar scenario without asking them to envision themselves as either victim or perpetrator.” —Publishers Weekly “Padian’s boldest effort yet . . . a powerful, dramatic story with strong messages.”—Morning Sentinel (Waterville, ME) “A fast-paced read . . . With down-to-earth characters and a relatable setting, Wrecked hits close to home for many high school and college students.” —The Bowdoin Orient (Bowdoin College, Brunswick, ME)   “Padian’s characters come beautifully to life in this enthralling and powerful novel. They allow us to step into their shoes and wonder how we would act, what side we would choose and if right and wrong can be defined as sharply as the world wants them to be.” —Middlebury Campus (Middlebury College, VT) “A refreshing look on a subject many of us are unfortunately all too aware of. It keeps the reader enthralled and curious until the very end . . . This book is an easy read for any college student looking for an enlightening, emotional and relatable story.”—The Royal Purple (University of Wisconsin—Whitewater)    “Chapter after mesmerizing/engaging/compelling chapter. . .  I absolutely could not put down this timely, poignant and thought-provoking novel.  Wrecked should be required reading for every rising college freshman.” —Pinestraw Magazine (Southern Pines, NC) “Terrific . . . It is a nuanced account with superbly realized, realistic characters, and a compelling story-line. This is a book made to be discussed . . . a great book on an important issue.” —Daily Bulldog (Farmington, ME)