Friday, April 10, 2015

Review: Wild Reckless by Ginger Scott

Wild Reckless by Ginger Scott
Excerpt

Kensington Worth had a vision for her senior year. It involved her best friends, her posh private school in downtown Chicago and time alone with her piano until her audition was perfected, a guaranteed ticket into the best music programs in the world.

Instead, a nightmare took over.

It didn’t happen all at once, but her life unraveled quickly—a tiny thread that evil somehow kept pulling until everything precious was taken from her. She was suddenly living miles away from her old life, trapped in an existence she didn’t choose—one determined to destroy her from the inside, leaving only hate and anger behind. It didn’t help that her neighbor, the one whose eyes held danger, was enjoying every second of her fall.

Owen Harper was trouble, his heart wild and his past the kind that’s spoken about in whispers. And somehow, his path was always intertwined with Kensington’s, every interaction crushing her, ruining her hope for any future better than her now. Sometimes, though, what everyone warns is trouble, is exactly what the heart needs. Owen Harper was consumed with darkness, and it held onto his soul for years. When Kensington looked at him, she saw a boy who’d gotten good at taking others down when they threatened his carefully balanced life. But the more she looked, the more she saw other things too—good things…things to admire.

Things…to love. Things that made her want to be reckless.

And those things…they were the scariest of all.
 


Genre

Contemporary

Review

This is such a heavy YA that touch on suicide, drug abuse, infidelity, prejudice and etc. 

Kensi, the heroine is new to town and move in next door to Owen, the black sheep of the town. She is dealing with her father infidelity and her new fascination with the boy next door. I enjoyed Kensi's POV, her innocence and naivety when it comes to her discovery of first love. 

Owen is a much more complicated character. He was first introduced as the jerk, as if the author wanted to make you hate him at first sight. Of course, there is more to Owen's story and Kensi slowly discover the truth behind the misconception of Owen.

One phrase to describe Owen is 'baggage overload'. A young man with so much responsibility and burden and have to deal with the town prejudice towards him. His issue make Kensi's family drama pale in comparison. 

The whole reading experience left me feeling melancholy. I don't know what is it about YA drama that make it so compelling to read. I read the same shit over and over and yet I still don't get sick of it. Nevertheless, I need to read something uplifting next to balance out my mood of the week.

p/s: for smut lover, there is a descriptive sex scene that shouldn't be categorize as YA.

Rating 4/5

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