This review is based on a complimentary book I received from Author, Cecily Wolfe. It is an honest and voluntary review. The complimentary receipt of it in no way affected my review or rating.Reckless Treasure by Cecily Wolfe
Genres: Contemporary, Young Adult
Release Date: April 24, 2017
Publisher: Dangerous Hope Productions
Format: ARC, E-book
Source: Author, Cecily Wolfe
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When her mother is sleeping with the man she loves, what's a girl to do?
Francesca is weeks away from high school graduation and the hope of escaping her self-centered, grasping family - her trashy mother and hustling twin brother. While her crush on their older neighbor holds her attention, she is blind to what everyone else can clearly see, the love her best friend Mitch carries in his heart for her. When her dead grandmother's high school boyfriend returns to town for his class reunion, his immediate attraction to Francesca is a game changer. Can Mr. Long - and his wealth - open up undreamed of opportunities for Francesca's future, and at what price?
*adult content (sexual situations, language)
When I read Reckless Treasure, I had to take some time to really think about my feelings on this book. In western culture, we really dig our happily ever after’s and this story had a HEA but not what you would have expected. I decided that I really appreciated how this story was written and felt that it was a realistically told tale of how life can be for a certain segment of society. I am glad that it had what I would consider a realistic version of an ending. It made it more real to me and also a bit heart wrenching. It was a good read.
This story was written from the first-person voice perspective of several different characters with the central focus (not voice) being on Francesca. There was just something about Francesca that pulled everyone towards her. Unfortunately, the people who were supposed to love her the most regarded her the least. Francesca’s mother and twin brother did not understand her. From their perspective, she had the world in the palm of her hand with her best friend Mitch if she would only seize the opportunity. What opportunity you ask? The one where she takes everything she can from him and gives it to her money hungry family.
Her mom, Francie, was a gold digger who used whatever she had available, including her children, to manipulate others into giving up whatever it was that Francie was after. Francie had trained Ricky, Francesca’s twin, to be a male version of herself but she couldn’t figure out where things had gone wrong with Francesca. In fact, it seemed that Francesca was her polar opposite in everything. It made her almost impossible to control. Both Francie and Ricky keep pressuring Francesca to do the “right” thing which is actually the wrong thing by anyone’s standards.
Mitch’s character plays a pivotal role in Francesca’s life as her best friend but he has also been secretly in love with her for years. It is an unrequited love as Francesca is 1) unaware and 2) pining for her neighbor Jerry. Unfortunately, Francie is already in a dysfunctional relationship with him but Francesca chooses to be unaware of this. Jerry is a messed up individual and his mind knows that having a relationship with Francesca is impossible but his libido, well that is another matter.
Life started to spiral out of control for all the players in the game when Henry, Francesca’s grandmother’s high school flame, came to town. Even after all these years he has carried a torch for her now deceased grandmother. He came back to town after years of being gone and when he saw Francesca, to him it was like Julia (the grandmother) was reincarnated. He was literally blown away and his world became larger. I know that you may be thinking that he is a creeper but he is more like a Fairy Godfather for Francesca. After he entered the picture everything became possible for her, she just didn’t know it yet.
I felt that the characters in this story were true to life. Yes, there are a lot of “voices” in this story but I got so much out of it knowing without a doubt how all the players in this story felt. Not just from inferring from Francesca’s point of view. The anguish from her best friend Mitch, the love from her other best friend Tricia, the disgust from her family, all blended together to make an emotionally powerful story that had all the feels. This is a book that may not appeal to all audiences but it is powerfully written and well crafted.
*Thank you to Cecily Wolfe for this eARC of Reckless Treasure*