The Lovely Reckless by Kami Garcia
Release Date: October 4, 2016
Age Group: Young Adult
Summary: I’ve become an expert at avoiding things that could hurt me—which means I will figure out how to stay away from Marco Leone.
Seventeen-year-old Frankie Devereux would do anything to forget the past. Haunted by the memory of her boyfriend’s death, she lives her life by one dangerous rule: Nothing matters. At least, that’s what Frankie tells herself after a reckless mistake forces her to leave her privileged life in the Heights to move in with her dad—an undercover cop. She transfers to a public high school in the Downs, where fistfights don’t faze anyone and illegal street racing is more popular than football.
Marco Leone is the fastest street racer in the Downs. Tough, sexy, and hypnotic, he makes it impossible for Frankie to ignore him—and how he makes her feel. But the risks Marco takes for his family could have devastating consequences for them both. When Frankie discovers his secret, she has to make a choice. Will she let the pain of the past determine her future? Or will she risk what little she has left to follow her heart?
My Thoughts: Dang, this one really sucked me right in. It reminded me of Katie McGarry. It just had that rough bad boy feel to it and that good girl.
We are introduced to Frankie who has spent most of her life well off. She comes from the good part of town and went to a good school. Well, she witnesses her boyfriend's death and that changes everything for her. Frankie ends up moving in with her father and changing schools. She also has to go to an after school program where she helps kids. Frankie helps them but she also learns so much from them, which I really liked seeing. And that darn cat, wow that made me want to cry!
We are also introduced to Marco. Sweet Sweet Marco. He’s that bad boy who you have to love. Marco has his fair share of problems but deep down he’s a smart and loyal person to have in your life.
I also liked Marco and Frankie’s friends. They each were so distinguished and had their own personalities! I also liked the plot and the scenery. It was a rough neighborhood and even a somewhat rough school but I liked seeing how things played out.
I really enjoyed this contemporary. I feel like a lot does happen and I liked seeing all the events and how things ended up.
Overall: I flew right through this one! I really liked it a lot! As for Frankie’s boyfriend’s murder, I just had a feeling that is how it was going to end. I kind of seen that coming even though it still surprised me a little bit. I really enjoyed this one! I did feel like their relationship was a little too rushed but that’s okay.
Cover: Love it!! I’d definitely pick this one up in a store! It would have to go home with me!
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