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Publication Date: July 13th 2021
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…
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 read.
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
✨Top 5 reasons you should read The Right Side of Reckless✨
An actual bad boy with a heart of gold.
I’m a firm believer that “bad boy with a heart of gold” is one of the top tier tropes out there, but thinking about it now, a lot of those “bad boys” didn’t do much to earn that title besides wearing a leather jacket and being overly sarcastic. That’s not the case with The Right Side of Reckless though as we follow Guillermo as he’s on probation for assault.
I personally thought Guillermo’s story was a really important one to tell as throughout this book we see him taking accountability for his past actions and actively working towards creating a better life for himself.
Call me a loner but I really like reading about friendships and while they weren’t the main focus, I did really like these relationship dynamics. We have long time best-friends in Reagan and Malika, as well as newly formed relationships with Guillermo forming a new group of friends, including a really sweet platonic relationship between him and Jenaya.
A conversation on consent.
On one hand this book is sweet and funny, and on the other hand it tackles some relevant topics such as consent.
We see Reagan struggling with the fact that her boyfriend is pressuring her into having sex for the first time. We read about how she becomes uncomfortable in his presence, how she overthinks her outfits choices not wanting to come off as a tease, etc. It did a really good job at conveying the fact that this isn’t right and using Guillermo’s actions as a parallel to that behaviour.
An unconventional romance.
Not gonna lie, the romance wasn’t what I expected but I really enjoyed that. It’s not your typical “boy meets girl, they fall in love”. It’s a lot more complicated with that, what with Reagan being in a relationship and Guillermo being on probation so this unconventional relationship trajectory was really fun and unique to read.
Communication & common sense.
Characters that actually communicate with each other and have actual common sense which doesn’t lead to unnecessary eye-roll worthy drama makes me happier then it should so this book made me ecstatic.
Overall I really enjoyed this book. In some ways it really wasn’t anything like I expected, it focused more on two people growing separately and being aware that they need to grow before coming together and I think that was what I enjoyed the most.