Title: The Lovely Reckless
Author: Kami Garcia
I thought I was over these kind of books. Apparently not. I could not be happier that I decided to pick this up. It was an intense, fast-paced, completely addictive read.
First of all, Kami Garcia’s writing is near flawless. This is my first book by her and I was blown away by the incredible writing. The characters were very relatable and found myself not only liking the two main protagonists, Frankie and Marco, but the secondary ones as well, especially Cruz. The plot was super interesting and kept me on the edge of my seat. It was fast-paced and thrilling.
My only problem with the book is how quickly the events moved along between Frankie and Marco. It was the literal definition of insta-love. I typically can’t stand those types of relationships in books, and while it bothered me a whole bunch, I was pretty much trash for those two so it didn’t bother me as much as usual. I really wish the events had been drawn out longer though, especially considering Frankie’s history. It just seemed a bit unrealistic. Within a couple of weeks, Frankie and Marco were already having extremely deep feelings for each other and declaring their love, but I think it would have been more believable if it had taken course over a couple of months instead and allowed their feelings to develop more naturally. I went back and realized that they had only had a handful conversations with each other before they stated they were in love.
I thought I was over these “bad boy meets good girl” / “wrong side of the tracks” type of YA novels but I guess not, because I loved this. The Lovely Reckless was an amazing book that I couldn’t put down.