Publication date: August 9th 2013
Genres: Contemporary, New Adult
‘Are you going to ask me in?’ he replied, a cheeky smile forming on the edges of his lips. Then he leaned towards me conspiratorially. ‘We aren’t strangers, you know.’
Milly Benton wants it all to go away. Wants to flip the bird to the nightmares and her parent’s grief and the incessant questions about when she’s going to make something of herself.
But when her parents exile her to the country, Milly has to cope with her annoyingly helpful aunt and three cousins instead. Bitter at the hand she’s been dealt, Milly has stopped dreaming of a future.
In steps Jerome with his tormented blue eyes. Familiar from her childhood and as broken as she. They need each other. But how can they forget?
Reckless by Danielle Weiler
My rating: 3 of 5 stars
This book was kind of a mixed bag for me. I really struggled to read through the first half of the book, and then at about the 50% mark it sucked me in. It wasn't badly written or boring really, I just think I had a hard time connecting with the main character, Milly. Part of it had to do with the fact that the story and characters were based in Australia, and the book had a LOT of Australian lingo and terms, and the dialect was off for me. Aside from that, I just really didn't like Milly during the first part of the book. Milly is a nineteen year old girl who has suffered through one of the most devastating tragedies imaginable: the death of her twin brother. He died nearly two years earlier in a car accident, and she has been floating aimlessly through life ever since. To me she came off as depressed, selfish, and self sabotaging, and as trying to numb herself with meaningless encounters with faceless boys. Add to the mix that her best friend Ava was a bi-polar kleptomaniac, and Milly is just lucky that she hasn't ended up in jail yet.
The breaking point comes when Milly and Ava are caught shoplifting and Milly's parents send her to the country to live with her Aunt Charmaine. Once she is away from the toxic environment that her home life has become, she begins to heal. It's not that her parents don't love her, or that they had really done anything wrong to her, it just that they were all so devastated by what happened to her brother that they never really recovered. And in their pain and suffering, they lashed out at each other, or shut each other out. Anyway, it was at this point in the book that I started enjoying it. Milly begins building a relationship with her aunt and her cousins, and then she runs into Jerome, the boy who was riding in the car with her brother when he had the accident.
Milly and Jerome reconnect, and help each other to heal a little bit from the hurt they feel over losing Christian. Eventually, these feelings turn into something more, and they fall in love. But Jerome reveals a dark secret that he has been keeping for two years, that has been eating him alive with guilt, and it tears him and Milly apart. Milly doesn't know if she can trust him ever again, plus what he tells her makes her seriously doubt she can ever be with him. At this same time, Milly suffers another personal tragedy that cripples her even more.
At the end of the book when Milly suffers through Jerome's confession and the other devastating thing that happens to her, I really connected with her. She seemed more real in that moment, and in having to deal with those things. She also came across as genuine when she started trying to rebuild her relationship with her mom.
Overall, this book was a slow starter for me, but I ended up enjoying it. I recommend it as a good read that deals with tragedy, heartache, and learning to let go and live again.
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Danielle Weiler loves all things written. She has her best story ideas in the middle of the night when there’s no chance to remember them the next day. Her first YA novel, Friendship on Fire, was published in 2011. Reckless is Danielle’s first novel for new adults. She has lived and taught high school in New South Wales and Victoria but prefers the sunny weather in Perth. She is kept company by her husband, son and naughty cat, Ginger.
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