He’s never met a rule he didn’t break… She’s followed the rules her whole life… When they meet, one golden rule is established: stay away. Sparks fly in this edgy own voices novel, perfect for fans of Sandhya Menon, S. K. Ali, and Kristina Forest.
They were supposed to ignore each other and respect that fine line between them…
Guillermo Lozano is getting a fresh start. New town, new school, and no more reckless behavior. He’s done his time, and now he needs to right his wrongs. But when his work at the local community center throws him into the path of the one girl who is off-limits, friendship sparks…and maybe more.
Regan London needs a fresh perspective. The pressure to stay in her “perfect” relationship and be the good girl all the time has worn her down. But when the walls start to cave in and she finds unexpected understanding from the boy her parents warned about, she can’t ignore her feelings anymore.
The disapproval is instant. Being together might just get Guillermo sent away. But when it comes to the heart, sometimes you have to break the rules and be a little bit reckless…
Title: The Right Side of Reckless
Author: Whitney D. Grandison
Publication Date: July 13, 2021
Publisher: Inkyard Press
Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary, Romance
This was an enjoyable read with lots of great themes/tropes like second chances, more than meets the eye, and opposites attract.
While this book did have a slow start, I still felt interested in the plot. Sometimes when books are slow, they’re also boring, but that wasn’t the case for this one. I was interested in getting to know Guillermo and Regan and seeing how their relationship would play out.
I think I was most interested in Guillermo. While he had had a rough go of things in the past, he was ready to start anew and make things right for his future. I loved learning about him because there were so many layers to him. He wasn’t just some juvie kid who needed a fresh start. There were layers to why things played out the way that they did in his life and why he was wanting to move on with his fresh start. He was just a fascinating character in general. Plus, he was so easy to love.
There were also a lot of great topics discussed in this book such as consent, boundaries, past hardships, and similar topics. I love the way Grandison went out discussing these topics and blending them seamlessly into the plot.
Overall, I was a big fan of this book. I was getting major Nicola Yoon and Tashie Bhuiyan vibes from this book which is always a plus. I would recommend reading this book if you get the chance.
Disclaimer: I voluntarily read and reviewed a gifted and advanced copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
About the Author
Whitney D. Grandison is an American young adult fiction writer. Some of her works can be found on Wattpad, one of the largest online story sharing platforms, where she has acquired over 30,000 followers and an audience of over sixteen million reads. Outside of writing, she is a lover of Korean dramas, all things John Hughes, and horror films. Whitney currently lives in Akron, Ohio with her two cats Poe & Hemingway. A Love Hate Thing is her first novel.