‘Wrecked’ by J.B. Salsbury is a book I requested from the publisher and holy hell. I’m still in recovery.
Celia is dying and Sawyer’s last gift to her sister is to pretend to be her and pack up her apartment in San Diego. They’ve pretended to be each other plenty of times, so how hard could it be? Sawyer learns about her true self, she learns about Celia but mostly she learns to love Aden, an ex-army sergeant with some serious baggage who doesn’t want to let her go.
Aden is instantly loveable and who wouldn’t want more with him? He’s masculine but with his PTSD, he shows a huge vulnerability that really adds to his mystique. Sawyer was a girl after my own heart. I don’t want to over use this phrase but she was REAL. Her physical characteristics are not immediately attractive but despite what she thinks, she carries herself in such a way that would make any man look twice. It’s one of the things I love about this book, it’s not so much about how the characters look, its more to do with their personalities, their fears and how they conquer them.
I liked that Celia’s dying wish gave Sawyer the opportunity to overcome her fear of (basically) life and in return Sawyer was able to support Aden in tackling his demons whilst the both of them learnt what it means to love. There was so much love in this book that, although not initially recognisable, once you look deeper you realise each seemingly lonely character is surrounded by it. And that’s such a lovely thought to take away from this book. No matter how lonely you think you are, guaranteed there is someone who would care if you were no longer around.
The major issue this book tackles is PTSD; it’s something a lot of people struggle with and it’s one of the those pains that you can’t see for yourself and so it’s easy to shrug someone off who is suffering. I genuinely don’t think this book would be as amazing if it didn’t have this subject matter. I’d never really read a book with such a serious topic before and I can hand on heart say that it’s made me think a little more about everyone’s personal battles.
My god, Salsbury is a literary genius. So, there were a few cringe worthy moments here and there but honestly, I didn’t mind them. I was so caught up in the story and those life-like characters that an actual fish could’ve slapped me in the face and I would’ve kept reading. The humour in this book was something else. I didn’t know until this book, that I needed a fair few belly giggles in my literary activities. The wit was on another level and I hope that I am able to get my hands on more of her books.
Okay, so serious question here: How fucking amazing is this book? SO DAMN FUCKING INCREDIBLY AMAZING! I was legit either smiling, laughing or crying whilst reading this and I’m blown away with it. I can’t stop thinking about it and I need more! I also love it when a book has dual viewpoints. It gives the reader a much better insight into each character and the intensity of this gives the story a whole load of depth. Utterly breathtaking and unforgettable.
“I can’t change who I am, no matter how much I want to. The guilt and the self-hatred is frustrating and I’m so lost in who I am and who I wish I could be that somewhere along the way, I’ve lost my way.”
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