Book Review: Pretty Reckless

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Pretty Reckless by L.J. Shen

My Rating: ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐


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. 


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.

“You were never a drizzle, Penn Scully. When I fell for you, you came beating down, and I felt you everywhere. You were hail.” 

I had not expected this book to be this entertaining.

Pretty Reckless is a story of Penn and Daria. Penn, who hails from the poor part of the town falls in love with his sister’s rich and spoiled enemy, Daria. Penn asks Daria to save all her firsts for him, and gives her an important gift. But, after some untoward events go down, both Penn and Daria begin hating each other vehemently. Until Penn starts living at Daria’s house as her foster brother.

Did I ever mention that I’m a sucker for enemies-to-lovers trope? If I didn’t, I’m mentioning it right now. Of course I love reading about the-poor-guy-who-hates-the-rich-irresistible-girl-and-ends-up-falling-hard-for-her, and if the book also talks about school rivalry, hateful people, misunderstood teenagers and juicy secrets, so much the better.

The plot was really interesting. Even though I didn’t really start off by liking any of the characters, I didn’t end up hating them. Except a few people who were hateful. They were all flawed and broken. I laughed and cried and fell in love. When it ended, there was a huge grin on my face, and I was like, “such a fairy tale it was!” I like the books in which people get their happy endings, and it was one of them.

Even though I want to go back to reading my YA books, I am satisfied that I gave NA a chance, and this book did not disappoint me one bit. I think I’m gonna read more New Adult novels, and I think I’m gonna read more books by L.J. Shen soon.

All in all, I totally recommend reading this book to y’all. It didn’t disappoint one bit and it was such an interesting read.

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