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This book may be unsuitable for people under 17 years of age due to its use of sexual content, drug and alcohol use, and/or violence.
THE LOVELY RECKLESS By Kami GarciaThe Lovely Reckless by Kami Garcia
Published by Imprint on 10/4/16
Genres: Contemporary, Romance, Young Adult
Pages: 384
Source: Publisher
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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?

Short and Sweet

Frankie is struggling to cope after witnessing the murder of her boyfriend, Noah. Frankie now has PTSD and relives flashes of that night and is unable to remember who killed Noah. Dealing with the stress of not being able to remember leads Frankie to make a reckless decision that sends Frankie from her life of privilege to living with her dad who is an undercover cop on the poorer side of town.

My Thoughts
~ Frankie is eager to leave behind her old self and start living the way she wants to live.

~ Her new lifestyle comes with gambling, street racing, people with records, and bad boy Marco Leone.

~ I will say that the relationship between Frankie and Marco was insta-love but I didn’t mind. They both needed each other and it was cute.

~ I found it interesting how much I actually liked the aspect of cars and how it was a big part of the plot.

~ It was also interesting to see Frankie’s flashbacks of the night Noah was murdered and how much more she’s able to remember as the book progresses.

~ I Loved Frankie’s friends and some of the new ones she meets at her new school.

~ Frankie grew a lot throughout this book, but I will admit she did something reckless again that worried me.

~ Frankie is really trying to heal and find herself in this book.

~ I realized I didn’t say much about Marco. First of all I have a crush on him, he wasn’t always a bad boy he used to be an AP student but after something happened he had to resort to street racing. Marco is a good person, he’s romantic and sensitive.


I finished this book in no time! All the components in this book work really well, a rich innocent girl, meets a bad boy, and all of the street races. It was cute and heartbreaking at the same time. I liked the ending, and I would love companion novels on some of the secondary characters. Definitely recommend this one!


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