(Review) Wreck and Order
Wreck and Order by Hannah Tennant-Moore
Publication Date: February 9, 2016
My Goodreads Rating: 2 Stars
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.
This is a decent book, I just didn't like it. I think that the actual writing was done very well. The visualization and emotions of this story are real and raw, but it just didn't do it for me.
Elsie is a complex character. She's selfish and lonely. Sex is her emotional outlet but when she finds someone who cares about her she throws it away for her abusive ex-boyfriend.
I couldn't ever get a grasp on Elsie's narrative. The story bounced back and forth from place to place with what seemed like no real timeline.
Like I said, the writing was good, but the story in itself wasn't there. I ended up skimming the last bit of the book to see if there had been any growth, but I'm not sure it happened.
I received this book from Blogging for Books for this review.