Sunday, August 7, 2016

Wrecked by Maria Padian

This is a very timely novel considering the epidemic of rapes on campus that are becoming public knowledge.
Haley is a soccer player who has been forced to the sidelines because of too many concussions but becomes involved when her housemate is raped on campus. Richard is a housemate of the boy who is accused of the rape. Both Haley and Richard are asked by their housemates to be a support or counsel which makes their developing relationship very difficult.
This is a very thought-provoking and uncomfortable read because of the subject matter but it is so skillfully written with much sensitivity and thought and really is a book we should all read. The author speaks from so many different angles and characters that it spans the complexity of the situation in the sense of who is responsible, the questionable reliability of memory and eyewitness, and finally what the penalty should be.
As I said, it is an uneasy read but is so beautifully written and is a social issue today. Highly recommended.

Four out of Five Stars

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