The Lovely Reckless by Kami Garcia Review

The Lovely Reckless
Author: Kami Garcia

  • Hardcover: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Imprint (October 4, 2016)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1250079195
  • ISBN-13: 978-1250079190

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?

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“Your own heart will race with each page turn of this heart-stopping star-crossed love story.”

This could not be anymore true! This book is not a boring read by any means, what so ever! Kami Garcia blew me out of the water with The Lovely Reckless. I couldn’t put it down once I picked it up and the action really started to get going.

I mean who doesn’t love a book about street racing? Fast cars and sexy men and women? SIGN ME UP!

The first thing that really spoke out for me was Frankie. She is not a boring character to have in your head as you’re going about her life in the book. Frankie isn’t whining about typical crap. She’s had a very traumatic experience and she’s dealing with it the way a girl her age would. Rebellion, personality change, complete melt downs, and losing who she is while trying to remember it’s okay to be upset.
Having gone through something traumatic myself at a young age I think parents forget that while they just want their kids to get better, they don’t understand we can’t just be okay the next day. Trauma takes time. My experience wasn’t as scary as Frankie’s but today it still scars me as, unlike the MC, I wasn’t able to handle mine any other way than to sit and suffer due to my age. But I connected with Frankie in a lot of ways because I sympathized with her mood swings, her friends and family pushing her to get help and wanting her to be a different person. I got her.

Can we talk about Marco? Holy. Hell. That’s really all I have to say! LOL! Hot Tamale! Yeah. I love him so much! Mostly in the way that, yes, he was.. gorgeously hot, but he was SO FLAWED. You don’t get that often in Y.A. At least, not in the way that every time you turned the page there was more to Marco’s story that was being revealed. It just kept you hooked until you knew Marco inside and out. You knew his story, the characters involved and that surrounded him that some were already in play and others that weren’t. You wanted to be there for him. You wanted him, in more ways than one! *wink!* And you wanted to help him. His family. His friends. There was no part of him that didn’t make you want to be involved with him. Yes, there were even times I wanted to smack the crap out of him. Which is good. Because it means Kami wrote a very good, well rounded, real person. Because no one is perfect. (Which is why I think I hate trashy romances. The men seem to.. perfect. Blegh). Marco is complex and really moves the story along beautifully as the love interest and one of the main components of the plot.

Another fantastic part of this story is the morality. Yes, there are some questionable themes but they’re handled with such maturity that I applaud the author. Whether it was a sexual nature (minimal as an issue, I assure you), or right versus wrong in enthics of doing the wrong things for the right reasons, this book made you think.

The side characters are all well constructed, full of fault, but loyal to the bone people. Lex, Able, Cruz, the Chief, even gross Deacon Kelley, and the parents. There’s so much going on that I could sit here for ages and go on about each character but I think that would spoil a lot of the books side plots. And there’s a few tied in so well that there’s always something going on while not taking your mind off the main going on.

Cruz for the win as BFF, though! 😉

However, I wish daddy dearest had a bit more of a talking to from Tyson but you’ll get there and understand what I mean! Grrr! Stubborn parents!

Anyway, The Lovely Reckless is… so far my favorite 2017 read. It came out Oct 4th of 2016 but I had, only, just been able to get a chance to read it. Which I apologize to Kami since I had been given an arc of it some time ago. I deeply regret waiting because this book rocked my freaking world. I seriously hope we see Marco and Frankie again. Even if it’s just in a tiny side story she drums up.

Please buy a copy if you love street car racing, complex characters, and restarts in life. You won’t regret it, I guarantee it!