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Wild Reckless Paperback – February 24, 2015
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Ginger Scott is an Amazon-bestselling author of seven young and new adult romances, including Waiting on the Sidelines, Going Long, Blindness, How We Deal With Gravity, This Is Falling, You and Everything After and Wild Reckless. A sucker for a good romance, Ginger’s other passion is sports, and she often blends the two in her stories. (She’s also a sucker for a hot quarterback, catcher, pitcher, point guard…the list goes on.) Ginger has been writing and editing for newspapers, magazines and blogs for more than 15 years. She has told the stories of Olympians, politicians, actors, scientists, cowboys, criminals and towns. For more on her and her work, visit her website at http://www.littlemisswrite.com. When she's not writing, the odds are high that she's somewhere near a baseball diamond, either watching her son field pop flies like Bryce Harper or cheering on her favorite baseball team, the Arizona Diamondbacks. Ginger lives in Arizona and is married to her college sweetheart whom she met at ASU (fork 'em, Devils).
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So what let's do good stuff first. I really love this author, and I love the way she can just drag out my feels and rip up my heart at times. And she decided to go for the jugular right from the prologue. I thought that the way she addressed Owen's grief over his father, and the issues that he dealt with with his older brother was done REALLY well. I really felt his confusion, and loss, and could kind of understand why he was such a dick and how he cultivated the attitude that he did, especially in the town he grew up in. And my heart broke for everything that he was trying to do to protect his family. And I could FEEL his pain. Even though we don't get in his head, I could feel it through Kensi.
I LOVED the way Kensi grew a backbone and remained steadfast with Owen through the tough times. Even when her heart was breaking over things he was doing, she was still trying to be there for him, to try to pull him back. And Owen was there for her too, trying to push her and not let her lose herself.
And I loved some of their sweet moments. Particularly some of the sweet moments Owen had with Kensi, he could be so adorable because he just wasn't used to normal relationships. And hoo boy, when I eventually got on board with their chemistry, it was freaking hot!
I will also give a shout out to Grandpa, he was da bomb. I wish we'd seen more of him.
OK, so that was all awesome. I really did feel sooooo much with this book, and I enjoyed the moments when the characters surprised me and didn't do what I expected. BUT. But... *sigh* While I *get* why Owen was a dick, some of the things he did to Kensi went too far for me to come back from, and I just couldn't put him on my book boyfriend list. It's funny, b/c it's not that I didn't expect some of those bad things...he wouldn't be an authentic "bad boy" if he didn't have some slip ups, and people are complex creatures, so it's reasonable to assume that he wouldn't get it right all the time. But I didn't get to see enough of his transition, where he started embracing more of the sweet side and letting it shine through. I didn't get to see his regret over some of those bad decisions, some of those dickish moments. And I needed that. I really really needed more than we were given.
And along those same lines, b/c of the horrible initial encounters between the two, I didn't understand what drew them together. I get that she thought he was cute, but she was also terrified of him, so I needed some moment or action from him that changes her mind. And not being in Owen's head, I honestly don't know WHAT he was thinking about Kensi. I don't know what attracted him to her.
And there were other little things. Like Kensi's side story was actually really heartbreaking, but I felt like it fell to the wayside in favour of the Harper story. Which is fine, but then why have it at all? It felt like it was unnecessary if you weren't going to give it time and attention. And while I get that she's a teenager, I didn't always appreciate how she talked to her Mom and didn't seem to care about her, and I guess I just needed her to apologize and grow in that relationship. It's not that I didn't agree wholeheartedly with Kensi, but there should be some respect there, or it should at least develop. And I was kind of disappointed with how focused Kensi was on Owen, to the exclusion of her new friends. It didn't really feel healthy. I guess that's it, a lot of the things that bothered me were because they didn't feel healthy. Which happens in real life, but then I want some resolution to them, you know? I want my characters to realize it's not healthy and grow. And I kind of felt bad for Morgan. If you don't remember who she is, then that's exactly my point. Why introduce an element, and then let it flounder.
I did really love Andrew though, so I'm excited to read his story. *fingers crossed* that the little things don't get in the way of my enjoyment on that one too. I actually can't decide how to round this one. Up because I love the author and I loved all the feels and the chemistry? Or down because the unhealthiness was too much? Hmmm...
Poor Kensi. At her age it is difficult to change schools and leave your friends behind, and then her life went from bad to worse. That betrayal rocked me to my core. Through it all, though, Kensi remained amazingly strong. She was intelligent, talented, and compassionate. The way Owen treated her in the beginning of the book was infuriating and humiliating, but she kept her head held high and still managed to see the good in him. Even though she was young, she never felt that way to me. I loved how she challenged Owen. Kensi may have been a sweet girl, but she was also gutsy.
Owen does not make a good impression when he first appears on the scene. I couldn’t even imagine going through what he did at such a young age, but that didn’t give him the right to treat anyone the way he did Kensi. He was downright cruel. Naturally there was more to Owen than we saw in those initial chapters, and I slowly found myself coming around to like him. He certainly didn’t make it easy, but the weight of the responsibility he was shouldering was immense. His love for his family is ultimately what caused me to soften and then fall in love with him.
To say Kensi and Owen’s relationship was volatile would be an understatement. They were both broken and hurting in their own ways. While I adored them together, there were times when I wasn’t quite sure if they would make it through the difficult times. As I’m writing this I can feel my heart beating fast at the memory of the intensity of their love for one another. Owen loved fiercely, and Kensi never once faltered in her feelings for him. The way they both encouraged each other to follow their dreams was wonderful.
Scott tackled some serious topics in this story, and she did so with sensitivity and depth. The pain and struggle of these characters was palpable, and the push and pull between them had me on edge for the entire book. Wild Reckless truly spoke to my heart. I know some people shy away from the Young Adult genre, but I would implore you to give this book a chance. You will not regret it. It is impossible not to fall in love with Kensi and Owen and their unique, moving story. The raw beauty of this book should not be missed.