DNF Review for The Lovely Reckless by Kami Garcia

TheLovelyRecklessThe Lovely Reckless
By: Kami Garcia
Release Date: October 4th 2016
Publisher: Imprint
Format: Print ARC
Source: Publisher

I DNFed at  64%

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 Thoughts:
The Lovely Reckless started out strongly for me-the writing was absorbing and it didn’t take me long to get invested in the story line. I felt for Frankie and for all she had lost and I understood her motivations (though I didn’t always agree with them). It frustrated me the way her parents treated her and her coping with the loss of her boyfriend. I felt this was a tad unrealistic (I hope) but it set the story up well for Marco to enter into her life.

I expected to really get behind the romance in this book and have all the stomach fluttering but sadly this was not the case. I never really felt the chemistry between these two characters. Honestly the more I read the less I liked them together. At first I got a Dirty Dancing vibe from them but this slowly dissipated and left me feeling sort of bleh about them. Once I stopped caring so much about this relationship’s outcome I started feeling the book drag and I honestly DNFed because I was bored.

I will be the first to admit that I am not typically a fan of issue books or contemporary so that could possibly be why this didn’t work for me. I had hoped for a book where the romance would move me and sadly that did not happen.


  1. says

    I won a copy of this book but have had no interest in reading it. From your description, I definitely won’t be picking it up. I hate that moment when you just can’t keep going. It’s happened to me a few times recently and it stinks. I’m not much for contemporary either. Sorry you had to DNF!

  2. says

    So sorry you had to DNF this one sweetie 🙁 That suuucks. Ugh. I have an ARC of it that I won. Ahhhh. But now I’m nervous, haha. But also excited to read it. Sort of. Not my genre either. Ugh. But curious 🙂 Thank you for sharing your lovely thoughts. <3

  3. says

    I’ve seen mixed reviews on this one but I will say I have a friend who is a fan of the author/contemporary books enjoyed it very much. I’m excited that Garcia is taking a leap and trying a new genre and also excited that she is doing so with a very new and very small imprint. Your review confirms that this probably won’t be my cup of tea but I’m pretty excited to be able to recommend to teens coming to the library for a book with lots of drama.

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