“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.” – Kami Garcia, The Lovely Reckless
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?
When I finished The Lovely Reckless and I was talking to Jenn about it I described it to her as a combination of Save The Last Dance and Fast and Furious and of course she immediately moved it up on her TBR because who can pass up that kind of combination?
And if you’re wondering, yes, most of our comparisons typically come from late-90’s films.
When I say The Lovely Reckless is like Save The Last Dance I mean it as a young girl is uprooted from her previously charmed life and placed in the middle of a school that is rougher than she’s ever experienced with a much wider variety of races and income level.
When I compare it to Fast and Furious that’s simply because it’s got a lot of cars and badass car racing and a super hot relationship to boot.
As stated in a couple of other reviews recently, I’ve been in a ridiculous reading slump lately and I felt like The Lovely Reckless kind of pulled me out of it. It was a great book for me to read to just enjoy. I’m sure there are many things that I could have pulled from it, but as I’m trying to kick this slump it did everything right for me.
This was the first book I’ve ever read by Kami Garcia (I know, I know! Stop yelling at me!) and I’m definitely going to be finding my way back to her books and maybe, just maybe, I’ll read the Caster Chronicles series because God knows I need more to add to my TBR list.
Overall I gave The Lovely Reckless 4 out of 5 stars and I highly recommend you read it because damn is it good.