Books I’ve Enjoyed: Wrecked by Elle Casey

WreckedWrecked by Elle Casey
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

High Seas and High Adventure from the author of The Changlings, War of the Fae.
If you liked The Breakfast Club and The Swiss Family Robinson, you’ll love WRECKED!


An ill-fated Caribbean cruise and four teenagers: a nerd, a jock, a mouse, and a beauty queen…an island, a treehouse, some nefarious interlopers…life and death…fear and loathing…love and laughter.



Follow Jonathan, Kevin, Candi and Sarah as they find their typical high school lives and their worlds totally WRECKED. 

This is the second book I have read by Elle Casey and again she did not disappoint.

Wrecked is told through the Point of View of four different teenagers. A twin brother and sister and a second set of siblings. Early in the story I had a hard time liking any of the characters because by flipping between all four so often I saw both good sides and bad sides to all four of them by seeing their internal thoughts and insecurities as well as how they treated others and how others saw them. It did sort of prevent me from really connecting to any of them, because I couldn’t really find one I liked. At the same time, it added credibility for the characters, they were far from flat or unrealistic.

Even by getting to the end I don’t think I’d truly connected to one specific character, although I guess I like Candi best. I was definitely invested in the group of characters as a whole, and how they related and reacted to each other.

The writing itself was fantastic. The author’s voice is nearly invisible. Each character is unique and you rarely have to even check to see which characters head you are in, their voices are so unique. After having read The Changelings by the same author I really am even more impressed, because you can see how fully she tells the story as the character, not as herself.

I found several parts positively hilarious and my husband was shooting me dirty looks while I laughed uncontrollably when he was trying to sleep.

The ending could have been more satisfying. If you are someone who really needs everything wrapped up in a neat package with no unanswered questions you may be irritated with the book, but while I would have liked to know a lot more about some of the subplots, especially regarding the parents, I can deal with the end and will just keep hoping a sequel comes out.

As an adult reader, and not a young adult, I’d like to make a note to parents or wary teens but this could be considered a tiny bit spoilerish, so please read the rest of my review with caution.

There is a bit of mature content, but nothing graphic. The situations are realistically but tastefully handled. To leave out the mature content would have diminished the book’s credibility, as it really did fit the situation. It handled the topic of teen sex in a legitimate way that I think their parents can approve of and teens can relate to. The characters realistically worry about consequences, which I think was also so important and helps make this book both entertaining as well as responsible.
[There is a bit of mature content, but nothing graphic. The situations are realistically but tastefully handled. To leave out the mature content would have diminished the book’s credibility, as it really did fit the situation. It handled the topic of teen sex in a legitimate way that I think their parents can approve of and teens can relate to. The characters realistically worry about consequences, which I think was also so important and helps make this book both entertaining as well as responsible. (hide spoiler)]

View all my reviews