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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 f
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Hardcover, 384 pages
Published October 4th 2016 by Imprint
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Lynn Butler On the contrary, while she feels an attraction to the "bad boy" almost immediately, the love develops gradually. I thought this was first rate. It's…moreOn the contrary, while she feels an attraction to the "bad boy" almost immediately, the love develops gradually. I thought this was first rate. It's the story of a girl who experiences a profound life-change and struggles to find her place in a world she no longer fits into anymore. She has to get used to a new normal. Well-written and fast-paced.(less)

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Colleen Hoover
Jun 29, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I received an ARC in the mail for The Lovely Reckless. When I opened the mailbox, I noticed a huge wasp nest tucked away in the back of the mailbox. Now...this could just be a coincidence and maybe the wasps built the nest themselves. But I have a huge suspicion that this book is being shipped with live wasp nests.
I doused the wasp nest with gasoline. If you've never seen what happens when a wasp is doused in gasoline, you should google it. It's amazing.
Anyway, luckily the book was in a bubble
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Cait • A Page with a View
I've been in a bit of a reading slump lately but I could NOT put this down. The street racing is actually a very small portion of the story -- it's more about relationships and choices. (But the street racing scenes are awesome as well).

Basic plot: after Frankie's boyfriend is killed and she can't remember the incident, she moves into a tough neighborhood with her dad (who's an undercover cop trying to get some car thieves). Frankie falls in love with a street racer, and all of these different c
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Saania Zee Jamal ϟ
I can't be the only one seeing this right?

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Ben Alderson
Jun 27, 2016 rated it really liked it
I am not normally a lover of this genre, but, i am pleased to say I did really enjoy this story!
I really hope that Kami comes on this series, and writes from Cruz perspective, i LOVE HER!
Rose
Jun 08, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arcs, 2016-favorites
I am absolute trash for this book
Even though I really shouldn’t like it.

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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 I didn’t care much for the romance over Frankie rebuilding her life.

It started off a couple months after the death of Frankie’s boyfriend and childhood friend, Noah. Noah death not only was tragic because he was a promising athlete, but also because he was brut
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Jasmine
Oct 17, 2016 rated it it was ok
Recommends it for: I'm sorry to say this, but no one.
UGGGHHHHH What did I just read?!


The only thing this book teaches me is that Never judge a book too early .
There's no denying that I enjoyed reading the first 5 chapters because I knew something huge and unexpected is going on; thus, I kept preparing myself for that surprise to come but unfortunately, I didn't feel one.

Basically, as the synopsis says, the story is about Frankie, a 17-year-old teenage girl who witnesses someone beat her boyfriend to death and has been suffering from PTSD ever si
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Amber Robertson
DNF @ 50%

The Lovely Reckless was a book that felt hyped up beyond belief. There is also the fact that literally every one of my friend's on Goodreads loved this book. However, I'm going to be in the minority when I state the fact that I hated this book. Now, it wasn't that way from the beginning. I was getting into the book because I was half asleep and then our protagonist Frankie meets our male lead Marco and everything falls apart.

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Why Amber? Why does everything fall apart?

Well, Amber pretend
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Andie
Actual rating 4.5 stars

Kami Garcia brings us a new daring and edgy story with The Lovely Reckless. The plot sweeps you up right from the beginning and the fast pace and relatable characters keep you immersed in this journey about healing, growing up, and finding love in the most unexpected places.

The Lovely Reckless follows seventeen-year-old Frankie Devereux struggling to cope after witnessing the brutal murder of her boyfriend, Noah. The constant turmoil of reliving flashes of that night
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Mara
Sep 27, 2016 rated it liked it
Something I have always loved about Kami Garcia’s books is her compelling writing. Kami knows how to set a scene, how to immerse you in the plot and action and character constellations from the get-go. Her newest release, The Lovely Reckless, which releases October 4th through Imprint Books, is no exception to this. Kami doesn’t shy away from complex and authentic teen characters either – characters that are relatable and for all intents and purposes not unrealistically clean-cut. Sure, she adds ...more
TheCrazyWorldOfABookLover
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My reaction the majority of this book ^

This really had so much potential. You tell me the MCs are star crossed and I am all over that shit. I really loved the basis of the plot, but overall it was lacking in so many ways.

The story starts after the heroine Frankie’s boyfriend is murdered. This causes her to become depressed, lash out, rebel, and get herself into all sorts of trouble and get sent to live with her dad who doesn’t live in the best part of town. At her new school she meets Marco Leo
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Alyssa
Sep 15, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2016-releases
***Review posted on The Eater of Books! blog***

The Lovely Reckless by Kami Garcia
Publisher: Imprint (Macmillan)
Publication Date: October 4, 2016
Rating: 4 stars
Source: ARC sent by the publisher

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 r
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⊱ Poppy ⊰
Oct 14, 2016 marked it as to-read
Shelves: 2016-release
DAMN!!

This book is everywhere, I mean literally everywhere!!

So, I might as well read it, as i had taken this unvisible oath to read every buzz book this year. :D

Why not, add another book to my "ever-lasting TBR pile."

Every book is worth reading, if only i can get my hands on the beauty, btw did i mention it that I hate this bloody cover?

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That I also has my doubts on the "Name" of this book?? Like what does "The Lovely Reckless" means?? Is it a girl with glasses and pink skirt that is reckless?
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Lexie
Oct 14, 2016 rated it it was ok
*gnaws own arm off for fun*

I like Romeo and Juliet. I like cars.

But as it turns out, I don't like Romeo and Juliet in cars. (Guess I'm more of a carriage person when it comes to Shakespeare.)
Norah Una Sumner
Buddy read with my bro Sara.

This is actually Twilight fan fiction, right? RIGHT? It has to be. Did Kami Garcia actually just decided to put every single cliché in this book? Because that's the only explanation I have for this masterpiece.

This is a book about a rich girl and poor boy falling in love. She's rich which, of course, means that her relationship with her parents is awful and that she's just different from other girls. He's poor which, of course, means that he's associated with gangs
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Alja (alyaofwinterfell)
Dear book,

you had the potential to be so much more.


The blurb promises star crossed lovers, Fast&Furious style illegal car racing and undercover cops. What's not to like about that?

Alas, our Juliet turns out to be a whiny, spoiled rich girl with no backbone, and our Romeo is a stalker who happens to be a tattooed bad boy/badass car racer/poet/honors student/genius/… need I continue?

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The story starts off when the main character Frankie witnesses her boyfriend getting beaten to death in a park
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Stacee
I love Kami's other books and coupled with the tagline of "Romeo and Juliet meets Fast and the Furious" and I was eager to devour it.

I liked Frankie well enough. She's in a crappy situation and we're getting inside her head for all of the aftermath. Even though I could understand why everything was so dramatic all the time, it got a bit old. Marco seems like a good guy with a lot of potential. I wish we would have seen more at the ending.

Normally I don't mind insta-love. It's not a deal breaker
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Taylor Knight
Oct 03, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arcs
I wasn't sure what to expect when I started The Lovely Reckless but it was 10x better than I ever could have expected. I loved this book so much.
The Lovely Reckless isn't a book that I would normally pick up but I'm kind of obsessed with it.
The plot is so much fun and entertaining. The writing is flawless and the characters are so well written. I read the whole book in just two sittings. It has some insta-love and even though I'm not a fan of insta-love, I didn't think it was a big deal.
Overal
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*TANYA*
Nov 13, 2016 rated it liked it
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you can read my review HERE on my blog if that kinda thing strikes your fancy!

and i also have a swoon HERE if you'd like to check it out! (it'd be cool if you did. no pressure, though. you're still amazing)
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This book was a cliché after cliché and... I ended up liking it?

I started this book fairly late into the night and if I didn't have class the following day--well, later that day, I suppose--I would have continued until I was finished. There wasn't anything unique about the book, but it was
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Rebecca Woodward
Dec 08, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: finished
I have been waiting and wanting to read this story forever it seems. I can say it was well worth the wait. I loved how the author brings the characters emotions to life. I cried and cringed during some chapters. This is a story about young love which ends in a tragic way. My heart hurt for the main character because her struggle to remember was an emotional journey. The plot thickens when she finally remembers who? I could not put my kindle down until the end. I was so glad it was a happy ending ...more
Tweebs♥️ (hiatus)
this book was so good but so meh.

yeah, meh.

I'm sticking with meh as my review.

Ok jks, review to come!
Amanda NEVER MANDY
Feb 04, 2017 rated it it was ok
Shelves: first-reads, 2017
**I received this book for free through Goodreads First Reads.**

I love cheese in its many forms but I don’t love the mental constipation that came with this one. I rolled my eyes, I punched a pillow or two and I cursed and cursed and cursed some more but nothing would unblock it. There has to be more substance than this in a book. It can’t be this cheesy and fake and transparent and just plumb full of clichés.

Or maybe you should disregard the above paragraph because not every book is written for
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Tracey (Life and Literature)
Oct 11, 2016 rated it really liked it
Out heart is like an
unfinished puzzle-
that is why we search
for the perfect one
to complete it.


The Lovely Reckless was my first foray into the writing of Kami Garcia and I have to say that it was a mighty fine success! Contemporary YA is so my thing, but add in some grittiness along with a huge dose of angsty reality and I'm all over that!

Sometimes you have to do the wrong thing for the right reason.
The trick is knowing when the reason is right.


Seventeen year old Frankie Devereux is trying
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Dee☾
THIS BOOK!!!! FANTASTIC! ❤

Thank you to Impulse and Netgalley for providing me with an eARC in exchange of a honest review.

This book is such a pleasant surprise. It is very reminiscent of Katie McGarry’s Pushing the Limits series, especially Crash Into You (which is my favorite book) and I love it! The story of two teens who come from different worlds finding a special connection with each other is one of my favorite stories and this was perfectly done.

The story surrounds Frankie Devereux after s
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Sara➽ (Ink Is My Sword)
2,3 Street race Stars
Buddy read with:Norah <3

Well, this book was disappointing, yet it was addicting. I will say a masterpiece for a fanfiction work, but let's be real is not a fanfiction.

A week or so has passed and the only thing I can remember from this book is Sofia and honestly, I think is the only is worth it to keep in my memory<3
Courtney (librarycutie)
Oct 01, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arcs, sent-to-show, mine
this book was so amazing!!! i started this book not knowing anything about the story (which is how i love starting books) and was hooked immediately in the first chapter! the book starts off with the main character frankie getting pulled over, and eventually tells us why she's acting out. i felt my heart break for this girl, with what she had to witness and how people are looking and acting towards her. i loved frankie's character so much, with how much passion she had, and how angry and determi ...more
Sandra The Book Worm
I received an ARC of this book at RT Booklovers Conference.

I absolutely loved this book. If you loved Simone Elkeles's Perfect Chemistry series, you will devour The Lovely Reckless. Full review to come closer to release date.
Georgieeeee
Nov 25, 2016 rated it liked it
3.5/5 stars.
Meli
Dec 15, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Frankie Devereux musste mit ansehen, wie ihr Freund vor ihren Augen starb und seitdem ist sie nicht mehr dieselbe. Sie zieht zu ihrem Vater, raus aus den Heights in die Downs.
Dort lernt sie Marco Leone kennen - er ist ein berüchtigter Bad Boy, der Autorennen fährt wie ein Profi und dessen Lächeln Frankies Knie weich werden lässt. Doch Frankie quälen immer noch die unklaren Erinnerungen von jener Nacht und auch, dass ihr Vater als Cop Autodieben auf der Spur ist, macht die Sache sehr kompli
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Mindy
I hate to admit this, but I might be getting too old for these kinds of stories. I picked this up because one of my guilty pleasures is the Fast and the Furious franchise. I have seen every movie in the theater. This definitely had that vibe. Unfortunately, the drama and relationship stuff made me feel like the crypt keeper. Even though there were some serious issues with these kids, I would get distracted by the teenage bitching and complaining. Anyway, it was a quick read and I'm sure someone ...more
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“I turn around and start walking, careful to keep my head down so no one sees the moment when the huge smile I was fighting finally breaks free. It takes every ounce of self-control not to look back and see if he's watching.” 12 likes
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