Francesca “Frankie” Devereux comes from “the Heights.” After witnessing the beating death of her boyfriend, Noah, Frankie develops selective amnesia and PTSD – she can’t remember any of the details surrounding the incident, and she’s subjected to harrowing flashbacks to that night. Frankie starts taking more risks than the “old” Frankie would, and one of those risks – driving while intoxicated – lands her in a lot of hot water.
Frankie’s mom sends her to live in “the Downs” with her undercover cop dad, who works a lot and doesn’t spend much time with Frankie. In her new public school, Frankie still has the allies of her two closest friends, Lex and Abel (who are both also attending the public school), and she’s meeting new people. One of those people is tattooed and sexy bad boy, Marco Leone. As part of Frankie’s probation, she works at a rec center after school, and one of her charges is Marco’s little sister, Sofia.
Through the book, Frankie tries to figure out who this “new” Frankie really is – she’s not the same girl that she was before Noah was murdered – and find her way through a minefield of challenges. Her mother is still trying to push her back into the girl she used to be, her father wants her to stay out of trouble (and Marco is trouble with a capital T), and Frankie just wants to remember what happened the night Noah died.
Getting mixed up with Marco exposes Frankie to a dangerous crowd. Can she make the right decisions to keep herself and those she loves safe? Kami Garcia’s The Lovely Reckless takes us on a fast-paced journey through the world of street racing, car thefts, and kids just trying to find their way.