I really liked the book and I think it would be appropriate for all young who would think that the problems they face are the biggest in the world (do not we all believe that?).
The changes that are imposed or rather the misfortunes that can befall on somebody can transform for the worse that person. Shallow distortions or not, they can turn the life path and the way that our heroine Milly took is not the best to follow.
Indulging loss and without the (direct) help or empathy of her parents that themselves fail to manage what the fate has given them to bear, Milly gets to give up too easily on everything that defines her. However, to put down one’s foot can bring benefits and reignites the hope when everything seems pointless. The first part of the book presents the "monster" Molly that seems to be a deplorable human being, but as the author asks you, you must continue to read! The true Molly can be seen through the nightmares that haunt her and her hidden thoughts. You cannot not understand her and hope that she will find her peace of mind, the strength to overcome the torment and move on, even when the things may seem at one point worse than were at the beginning.
One successful thing is that the author managed to put face to face two kinds of love. The experiences and feelings from the first part of the book are totally different from those experienced in Armidale, and Jerome’s importance is indicated by the chapters (two, I think) in which we receive his point of view.
I also liked how the author keeps the balance: she doesn’t give us a blunt representation of facts, but neither falls into a cheap or exaggerated patheticalness. It is that middle able to draw many warning signals as lyrically as they are powerfully. Even if is based on a sad event and its aftermath, the story has a good pace and is not a soupy one – we will find even a bit of humor.
About the author:
Danielle Weiler loves all things written. She has her best story ideas in the middle of the night when there’s no chance to remember them the next day. Her first YA novel, Friendship on Fire, was published in 2011. Reckless is Danielle’s first novel for new adults. She has lived and taught high school in New South Wales and Victoria but prefers the sunny weather in Perth. She is kept company by her husband, son and naughty cat, Ginger.
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