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Friendship, loyalties and values are thrown into confusion by a rape in this gritty YA novel.

Friendship, loyalties and values are thrown into confusion by a rape in this gritty YA novel.

Smashed tells the story of three teenage friends, and how their friendship, loyalties and values are thrown into confusion when the main character’s younger sister is raped by one of his best friends. His reaction sets in motion a “ripple effect”, which culminates in a violent act of revenge upon the rapist.

Has our hero done this? As he finds himself deep in trouble and confused about the truth, he is forced to the vital question: are we really just puppets controlled by our genes, or do we have the free will to rewrite our own destiny?

Smashed is a cautionary tale about growing up — of the huge and complex challenges today’s young people face in their lives. Told with humour and compassion it is also, ultimately, a story of courage, love and redemption. Smashed tackles gritty teenage issues such as alcohol, physical and sexual abuse, and anger but award-winning author Mandy Hager delivers it with a sense of humour and great sensitivity. It is a thoughtful, pacy read — one that's hard to put down.

Formats & editions

  • Paperback

    9781869419424

    August 3, 2007

    RHNZ Children's

    272 pages

    RRP $18.99

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  • EBook

    9781869798857

    June 1, 2012

    RHNZ Children’s ebooks

    272 pages

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Also by Mandy Hager

Heloise
Singing Home the Whale
Dear Vincent
The Nature of Ash
Resurrection
Into the Wilderness
The Crossing

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