The Lovely Reckless Kami Garcia
# of Pages: 374
Overall Rating: 3 out of 5 stars
Ratings (out of 10):
Plot development: 5
Ease of Reading: 10
Do I recommend this book?
I personally wouldn’t recommend it based on my feelings about this book, but I know a lot of people do like this book, so maybe read some other reviews and not just mine. 🙂
Summary from Goodreads:
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?
My Opinions (SPOILER FREE):
I’m not gonna lie, this book was kind of enjoyable to start with, but pretty quickly I got extremely annoyed with it.
I did not really like Frankie, the main character, at all from the start. She annoyed me throughout the entire book to the point where I couldn’t take it anymore so I just skimmed the last 100 pages.
The romance in this story was just wayyyyyy too rushed and it felt very unrealistic. The book as a whole felt very dramatic, and because of that it just didn’t feel realistic at all. I don’t mean to offend any Twilight fans out there, but this book reminded me a lot of Twilight, and I did not like Twilight.
I also didn’t like a lot of the messages or moral lessons that were included in this story. It basically just didn’t go the way I wanted it to at all.
The only reason this book got 3 stars (which I thought seemed pretty generous) was because I did enjoy like the first 100 pages, and I thought the story concept was a good idea. Kami Garcia just didn’t do a good job executing it.
Again, these are just my opinions and I know a lot of people did enjoy this book.