Wednesday, March 23, 2016


Decisively aimless, self-destructive, and impulsively in and out of love, Elsie is a young woman who feels stuck. She has a tumultuous relationship with an abusive boyfriend, a dead-end job at a newspaper, and a sharp intelligence that’s constantly at odds with her many bad decisions. When her initial attempts to improve her life go awry, Elsie decides that a dramatic change is the only solution.

An auto-didact who prefers the education of travel to college, Elsie uses an inheritance to support her as she travels to Paris and Sri Lanka, hoping to accumulate experiences, create connections, and discover a new way to live. Along the way, she meets men and women who challenge and provoke her towards the change she genuinely hopes to find. But in the end, she must still come face-to-face with herself.

Whole-hearted, fiercely honest and inexorably human, Wreck and Order is a stirring debut that, in mirroring one young woman's dizzying quest for answers, illuminates the important questions that drive us all.

My thoughts...

A woman seeking change but cannot achieve it until she is forced to look at herself in a mirror and see what she has become. Marrying an abuser and using dirty sex to prove her self worth sends her on a downward spiral. Plot is good but I tended to lose interest in reading the same thing again and again as Elsie goes into self destruction. Not a bad read, just too much focus on one thing. I'm giving it 4 stars for that reason.

I received a copy of this book free from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

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