You’re probably going to look at this cover, then read the synopsis and automatically think: romance, all romance. That’s what I was honestly expecting, but I found the romance didn’t compare to Frankie’s struggle in rebuilding her life.
It started off a couple months after the death of Frankie’s boyfriend and childhood friend, Noah. Noah's death not only was tragic because he was a promising athlete, but also because he was brutally murdered- and in front of Frankie. She’s traumatized, grieving, angry, and clearly isn’t letting anyone be there for her.. which leads her to make some questionable decisions..which means:
1. She’s expelled from her elite private school.
2. She’s moving in with the dad she barely knows.
3. She’s transferring to Monroe, the public school with a bad rep.
There she meets Marco, aka a bad-boy player, and an infamous street racer.
“Dark eyes lock on mine. I stop breathing for a second. Guys at Woodley don’t look like this- rough, inked, and muscular. His hair sticks up in the front like he started spiking it and lost interest halfway through the process.”
Marco was instantly intrigued with Frankie when he first saw her at his school and it moved quickly from there. This is probably the only aspect of the story which I felt something lacking. Marco was a very interesting character, but not a lot of depth was provided. I still enjoyed his character overall, but I felt like his side of the story or at least some of his opinions would’ve been nice to read.
Besides that, I liked:
Lexie, Frankie’s best friend. I loved her boldness, ability to see humor in even the worst things, and her unfaltering loyalty towards Frankie. Frankie was not the greatest friend [understandably due to her personal struggles], but Lexie always came when she was needed and was honest with her.
CRUUUUZ. I want a spin-off of her story, to be honest. She is so unapologetically confident and honest. I loved her charm and how she never let anyone think she was anything less than the best.
Kami’s writing style!!! Even with the some issues I should’ve had with this book… I. Could. Not. Stop. Reading. Everything just flowed so perfectly that I read it all in one sitting!
The Lovely Reckless is crazy addictive. I can’t think of anyone wouldn’t completely devour this book in a day or two. It’s intense, fast-paced, with lovable characters, and something a bit different! Highly recommend to all!