{Story Diary} The Lovely Reckless by Kami Garcia

Aug 15, 2016

tlrThe Lovely Reckless by Kami Garcia
Young Adult Contemporary
October 4, 2016 from Macmillan

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?


"I know how it feels to carry a story inside you--one you want to share with someone, but you can't find the words." 

--Kami Garcia, The Lovely Reckless (eARC Loc 2546)

carsStick shift facts:

  • "You know it when you feel it. But it's easy to miss the bite point when the car is on a slope and you're worried about sliding backward and crashing. Because that's what happens if you try to shift into first gear when the clutch isn't engaged." --Kami Garcia, The Lovely Reckless (eARC Loc 1565)

  • "When the clutch engages, the pedal exerts pressure on your foot, the same way fear exerts pressure on our minds before we do something risky--like run a race, bungee jump, or ask someone on a date. The pressure isn't really a push back. It's a nudge forward." --Kami Garcia, The Lovely Reckless (eARC Loc 1575)

  • "The tachometer will let you know when it's time to shift into the next gear." --Kami Garcia, The Lovely Reckless (eARC Loc 2015)


"Lots of things aren't true, but it doesn't stop people from believing them." 

--Kami Garcia, The Lovely Reckless (eARC Loc 3103)


"Never give anyone permission to disrespect you." 

--Kami Garcia, The Lovely Reckless (eARC Loc 1539)


"Fear makes the wrong thing seem right sometimes." 

--Kami Garcia, The Lovely Reckless (eARC Loc 3239)


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

--Kami Garcia, The Lovely Reckless (eARC Loc 4510)

**Quotes are taken directly from an uncorrected advanced review copy and is subject to change in final copy**

I dedicate this song (NOT the music video lol) to Frankie and Marco,
and to those who recklessly loves with everything that they are. <3

Reckless // Julia Lauren

[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2iQnDASUpJY]

"Every once in a while, the universe gives us what we ask for, so just make sure you're asking for the right things." 

--Kami Garcia, The Lovely Reckless (eARC Loc 2430)


Kami Garcia is the #1 New York Times, USA Today & international bestselling coauthor of the Beautiful Creatures and Dangerous Creatures novels. BEAUTIFUL CREATURES has been published in 50 countries and translated in 39 languages, and the film Beautiful Creatures released in theaters in 2013, from Warner Brothers. Kami’s solo series, The Legion, includes the instant New York Times bestseller UNBREAKABLE, and the sequel UNMARKED, both of which were nominated for Bram Stoker Awards. Her forthcoming YA contemporary romance THE LOVELY RECKLESS releases on October 4, 2016, followed by THE X-FILES ORIGINS: AGENT OF CHAOS, a novel about a teenage Fox Mulder, in January 2017, both from Imprint (Macmillan).

Kami was a teacher for seventeen years before co-authoring her first novel on a dare from seven of her students. If she isn’t busy watching Supernatural, Kami can teach you how to escape from a pair of handcuffs or bake a Coca-Cola cake. She lives in Maryland with her family, and their dogs Spike and Oz (named after characters from Buffy the Vampire Slayer).


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