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Book Review: Pretty Reckless (All Saints High #1) – L.J. Shen

Rating: 4/5 🌟🌟🌟🌟

Genre: New Adult Contemporary Romance (contains Explicit Content)


When I started this book, I didn’t know what I was getting into. By now I’ve gotten used to L.J. Shen’s writing style and her story types. But the last couple of her books that I read were a bit of a letdown so I thought this one would be as well.

At first, it felt so. I didn’t like Daria. I remember her from Scandalous when she was a small kid and what a brat she was in it. And at eighteen, she was worse. She was so horrible I really couldn’t stand her. But as I read on, I understood her better. Yes, she was jealous and envious and did bad things but it wasn’t all on her. The messed-up family dynamics made her into what she was. Half-way through the book, I began to feel so sorry for her.

One thing that struck me throughout this story was that you’d think after you got the girl or the guy, there’s your happy-ever-after. But life’s not like that. Daria’s parents, Jaime and Melody had their story in L.J. Shen’s book, Defy and they had their happy-ever-after. And here, their daughter is so messed up. And they had a hand in it.

Penn was the likable one, at first. Then he was a jerk and I wanted to hit him so many times. I was at the point of tearing my hair off in frustration at these two teens messing up over and over. All those raw emotions bouncing and exploding all over the place, going nuclear on everyone involved, including those in the vicinity.

The thing is, it wasn’t just them messing up but the adults and the screwed-up circumstances adding to it all.

What I loved best about this book was the character arc. Daria and Penn’s growth of character was worth it. They both did the right thing, owned up to what they did and tried to make amends. The surprising maturity they showed made all the difference. That turned the tide for me and made this story special. Not to mention, I enjoyed seeing the characters from the previous books and all their additions to the story.

The end chapters were amazing and so heartfelt, the scenes wrecked me. I’ll say upfront that this book isn’t for everyone but I found it worth reading and heartbreaking really.

Blurb: Penn – “They say revenge is a dish best served cold. I’d had four years to stew on what Daria Followhill did to me, and now my heart was completely iced. I took her first kiss. She took the only thing I loved. I was poor. She was rich. The good thing about circumstances? They can change. Fast. Now, I’m her parents’ latest shiny project. Her housemate. Her tormentor. The captain of the rival football team she hates so much. Yeah, baby girl, say it—I’m your foster brother. There’s a price to pay for ruining the only good thing in my life, and she’s about to shell out some serious tears. Daria Followhill thinks she is THE queen. I’m about to prove to her that she’s nothing but a spoiled princess.” Daria – “Everyone loves a good old unapologetic punk. But being a bitch? Oh, you get slammed for every snarky comment, cynical eye roll, and foot you put in your adversaries’ way. The thing about stiletto heels is that they make a hell of a dent when you walk all over the people who try to hurt you. In Penn Scully’s case, I pierced his heart until he bled out, then left it in a trash can on a bright summer day. Four years ago, he asked me to save all my firsts for him. Now he lives across the hall, and I want nothing more than to be his last everything. His parting words when he gave me his heart were that nothing in this world is free. Now? Now he is making me pay.”


I'm a die-hard bibliophile and I'm also an introvert. My blog's about books, books and more books. (yep, that was easy) I might, from time to time, write about life and its vagaries. I like taking pictures of books and doing origami.

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