- Page Count: 384
- Release Date: October 4, 2016
- My Rating: 5 stars
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?
This book was INCREDIBLE. It was all sorts of intense and would make a seriously awesome movie! Like a YA version of Fast & Furious except… better.
Basic plot: after Frankie’s boyfriend is killed and she can’t remember the incident, she moves into a tough neighborhood with her dad (who’s an undercover cop trying to get some car thieves). Frankie falls in love with a street racer, and all of these different characters and worlds get tangled together in a pretty intense ending.
I’ve been in a bit of a reading slump lately but I could NOT put this down. The street racing is actually a very small portion of the story — it’s more about relationships and choices. (But the street racing scenes are seriously awesome as well).
Frankie and Marco’s relationship did kind of escalate from zero to full intensity SUPER fast (sort of like their cars). They’re attracted to each other in the parking lot and then soon after they’re in “forever love.” But I didn’t care one bit because I was totally into their adorable relationship. The high stake situations and choices they end up facing made their intensity work.
And how does Kami Garcia write this well?!!! Seriously, the writing was amazing and this book was like perfectly planned out. The pacing was perfect and there was never a dull moment! The world and main characters were completely vivid… I just cared so much about everything. There’s this amazing cast of multi-dimensional diverse secondary characters as well. And I liked how there were a couple people I thought might’ve killed Noah, so that was never too obvious.
I know this is a bit different than the fantasy stories I typically read, but I loved it. It’s seriously one of the best-written YA books I’ve read this year… like I have zero complaints and am just struggling to emphasize how much you need to add this to your TBR list.
Thank you to the publisher for sending me an ARC!
See my Q&A with author Kami Garcia