5 Hearts · New Adult Contemporary

Wild Reckless (Harper Boys #1) by Ginger Scott

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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.


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I received copies from the author, as a giveaway.

PicturePictureI honestly have no idea if this book should be considered YA or NA. The reason I am putting it in YA is because the characters and situations are geared towards high schoolers, but the sexual content and language is indeed NA. So be warned now.

Wow like wow. This book is a wild ride and I mean that literally our main character Kensington has a plethora of issues regarding her – future, family, school, and life I general. The summer before her senior year in high school, her parents pick up and move them from Chicago to a small town in Illinois. With no friends and in a new area, she is unsure where exactly she fits in. The only tranquility she can find is in her piano.

Her parents purchased a house that had a basketball hoop already on the garage roof. During her first week there, she heard a ball bouncing in her driveway. She looks out and sees her neighbor, Owen Hunter.  From that point on they continuously have confrontations in their neighborhood and at school.

Owen and his family grew up an outcast in town. His father died when he was young and they never been financially well-off.  Between taking care of his mother, his older brother, his younger brother and his grandfather, Owen already has a lot on his plate. The one good thing that gives him peace and clarity is playing basketball.

PictureWhat I liked about this book was – it’s different. Yeah you have your typical boy-meets- girl, girl-meets-bad-boy,   a girl that sheltered and naïve.  What is different about it, is all their external crap that beats up at them and how much they beat up at each other. They purposely do things to hurt the other one, but it ends up becoming a game of flirting. I love how Owen becomes Kensi’s rock.   No matter all the crud that was happening in Owen’s life he was constantly there as a support and help for Kensi. When Kensington’s father and mother have difficulties – I’m not going to tell you what happens – no one was there to help her get through it and feel better. There’s a few twist and turns with different characters.

Well done Ginger Scott.  I truly enjoyed the growth of each of the characters in their own way.  Kensi, Owen, and Kensi’s mom each had their own epiphany. Majority of the book is from the point-of-view of Kensington.  She still gives us a sense of the struggles that Owen is going through. We get glimpses of the good and bad situations going on in Owen’s home.  I love Owen’s grandfather. The feisty old man who is wise and funny brings some lightheartedness into Kensi and Owen’s life.  He seems like the voice of reason in the few times he is interacting with others in the book.

So your question should I read this book?
Well duh! Of course you should.
If what I have said is not enough to convince
you that you should read it, I am not sure what to say to help you. 
You go Ginger Scott
Five Stars. 
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Parental Info: STRONG language and sexual content… Mature YA!!!!!

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