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?
The Lovely Reckless by Kami Garcia definitely beats her last book. Her writing has definitely improved and that is evident while read The Lovely Reckless. The Lovely Reckless is not just a romance story. Though it may seem it, there are many more aspects to the story that out rule the story’s romantic plot. This book definitely has a Romeo and Juliet vibe no doubt. The Lovely Reckless is about Frankie, a rich girl from the rich part of town with a dead boyfriend. After moving with her strict paranoid undercover cop of a father after an accident, she goes to regular kid public school. There she meets mysterious Marco Leone, a boy fighting the law to keep the ones he loves safe.
The characters of The Lovely Reckless are quite interesting. Though they definitely weren’t a hundred percent the best out there, they definitely felt like real people. Frankie seems genuine and suffers PTSD which that alone proves she isn’t playing typical rich girl and though Marco does in a way follow the stereotype of a badass drag racer who actually isn’t a bad person, he is still written decent enough that builds the story. The characters were definitely not flat. If anything, they made up the majority of the story. The side characters like Cruz and Lex are also well written. I really liked this about the story because Garcia made sure that these side characters had history and their own story opposed to just being characters that are simply there to support the character for whatever reason.
The setting of the story was okay. The concept was pretty typical. There is the Heights, which is the rich side of town and then you have the Downs, the poor side of town. Honestly, I felt that the plot didn’t play too big of a part in the entirety of the story, but at the same time, Garcia could have done better in creating it a little better. Telling me where the story actually took place would be nice too. I knew there were the Heights and the Downs, but where exactly did this take place? A more specific place would have helped me picture the setting better.
The plot of the story was well written. I sped through this book in a day. The author did a good job keeping the reader invested in the story. Especially with all the drama that surrounded poor Frankie. Garcia also overlays conflicts, conflicts cause other conflicts which solve past conflicts. Very confusing I know, but I was pleased by this. In the end, everything is tied up really nicely but at the same time, not everything is happily ever after.
Overall, I really enjoyed The Lovely Reckless. Everything about it was fantastic except the writing, which no doubt was good, but I felt like there was definitely something missing to the story. I recommend The Lovely Reckless though! 🙂
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