The Lovely Reckless- Kami Garcia



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 Review:

“Marco tucks my hair behind my ears and raises my chin. I don’t want to stay away from you, Frankie. I’m not even sure I can. But I’ll try if that’s what you want.
The thought of not seeing Marco- of not touching him- rips at the frayed seams holding me together. I suck in a trembling breath. It’s not.
He pulls me against his chest and kisses his way up my neck until he reaches my ear. What are you so afraid of?
Everything, I whisper.
Me too.”

I’ve been dying to read this for quite some time and as soon as I received it in the mail, I started it right away. I think the anticipation was so much more sensational than the actual story.

From the start, the story slowly proceeds and never actually picks up. Too much space between huge plot points to really keep me interested.

What turned me off was the typical good girl falls for bad boy and someone tells them they can’t be together. It honestly sounds like Beautiful Creatures without the magic (Told by a coworker). I want someone to write a contemporary to shock us and maybe mix it up a bit.

But the hugest problem was the fake relationship between Marco and Frankie. Come on, you really want us to believe that Marco, the drag racing hardass has a heart and instantly falls in love with a rich girl with issues!? Give me a break. Their relationship, if you can call it that was cringe-worthy at best.

What I actually enjoyed was the back story of Marco. His Mom, dad, and his little sister. Your heart shatters from what he goes through and how he protects his sister. Not many people going to school would sacrifice so much for a sibling.

Another thing I loved was the friendship that bloomed between Cruz and Frankie. It seemed the most genuine through the entire book. You never know when your best friend will appear and they usually come up when you need them the most. They are hard to find but easy to keep if you’re honest. It was heartwarming.

With all that being said, I just wasn’t impressed by this story. Too stereotypical and predictable. And sometimes we need those in our lives, but not here.

I believe my eyes are currently stuck in a mid-eye roll.



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