The Lovely Reckless – A Dueling Book Review

“Things can’t get any worse. It’s a stupid expression.

Things can always get worse. And in my experience, they usually do.”
― Kami GarciaThe Lovely Reckless

The Pretty Reckless by Kami Garcia
4/5 Stars


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?


Eden has begun choosing all of my books for me and I’m totally cool with that. So far it has worked out for me. This was the second book in a row that Eden has recommended to me that I’ve really enjoyed.

Let’s be real, the reason I picked up this book is because Eden called it Save the Last Dance meets Fast and the Furious. I love Save the Last Dance. Seriously, I don’t think I could put into words how much I love this movie. So, I had high hopes.

This book definitely gave me some Save the Last Dance vibes. It’s a romance that uses the whole “fish out of water” plot. I enjoyed reading about bringing people of different cultures together. I’m a sucker for a bad boy with a heart of gold. But, I think that the similarities to Save the Last Dance actually hurt this book for me. It was too similar. The plot line was pretty much identical. Though, I don’t know that I would see them as “identical” if I didn’t watch that movie so much growing up.

The characters in this book were really likable. I loved Marco. Seriously, he was adorable while still being really cool. His relationship with his little sister is what made him so lovable. Frankie and Cruz were also really fun characters. The interactions between these three made me smile, laugh, and cry. It was really the perfect combination.

Overall, I enjoyed this book. I didn’t love it as much as I hoped. But, it was still a fun and quick read. I would definitely recommend it.

Who’s your favorite bad boy with a heart of gold? Let me know in the comments!


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