From #1 New York Times bestselling author Kami Garcia, a contemporary romance full of loss, love and redemption…
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 public school in the Downs, where fistfights in the halls 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?
Your own heart will race with each page turn of this heart-stopping star-crossed love story.
Jen and Roxie’s Review
Life doesn’t always work out the way you expect it to. Heartbreak and loss can change you into a person you no longer recognize. And sometimes you don’t want to go back to the person you used to be.
As fans of YA books we were excited to read The Lovely Reckless by Kami Garcia. We knew by the synopsis that it was right up our alley.
The Lovely Reckless is an Intricate, twist filled story about Frankie Devereux. After witnessing the murder of her boyfriend she is lost and reckless. She makes some not so smart choices, disappointing her high society mother and tainting her “perfect” world.
Her actions have her shipped off to her father’s—in a neighborhood called The Downs, a far cry from the hoity toity area called The Heights.
“I never took risks. I was afraid of disappointing someone or screwing up the Plan. Now I’ve disappointed everyone. There’s No Plan and no Noah, and I’m still afraid.
Just once, I wish I knew what if felt like to fly.”
Starting over in a new school, making new friends—Frankie starts over. No longer the piano playing, rule following, picture perfect girl she used to be.
Here she meets Marco Leone, bad boy extraordinaire. They share an instant connection. Marco is nothing like Frankie’s previous experiences, growing up poor and in a crime filled environment shapes you. And at times the choices that are made while necessary to survival will also have the power to destroy you and everyone you love.
“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.
“What are you so afraid of?
“Everything,” I whisper.
As Frankie navigates her new life with an absent working father and a delusional mother, she begins to fall for Marco who is so much more than what just meets the eye. Their budding relationship is quickly threatened by outside forces and shadows lurking from the past.
We fell in love with the characters in The Lovely Reckless. We couldn’t stop turning the pages as the story unfolded, sides were drawn as events were set in motion as we anxiously read on this story. The only thing holding us back from giving this book 5 stars is that we really felt it needed an epilogue. MORE, KAMI, WE WANT MORE!!!
About Kami Garcia
Kami was a teacher for seventeen years before co-authoring her first novel on a dare from seven of her students. If she isn’t busy watching Supernatural, Kami can teach you how to escape from a pair of handcuffs or bake a Coca-Cola cake. She lives in Maryland with her family, and their dogs Spike and Oz (named after characters from Buffy the Vampire Slayer). Visit Kami at www.KamiGarcia.com and on Twitter and Instagram @kamigarcia.
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