Pretty Reckless by L.J. Shen

Pretty Reckless by L.J. Shen
Series: All Saints High #1
on April 21, 2019
Pages: 360

From USA Today and Washington Post bestselling author L.J. Shen comes an intense, high school enemies-to-lovers romance with a twist.


They say revenge is a dish best served cold. I’d had four years to stew on what Daria Followhill did to me, and now my heart was completely iced. I took her first kiss. She took the only thing I loved. I was poor. She was rich. The good thing about circumstances? They can change. Fast. Now, I’m her parents’ latest shiny project. Her housemate. Her tormentor. The captain of the rival football team she hates so much. Yeah, baby girl, say it—I’m your foster brother. There’s a price to pay for ruining the only good thing in my life, and she’s about to shell out some serious tears. Daria Followhill thinks she is THE queen. I’m about to prove to her that she’s nothing but a spoiled princess.


Everyone loves a good old unapologetic punk. But being a bitch? Oh, you get slammed for every snarky comment, cynical eye roll, and foot you put in your adversaries’ way. The thing about stiletto heels is that they make a hell of a dent when you walk all over the people who try to hurt you. In Penn Scully’s case, I pierced his heart until he bled out, then left it in a trash can on a bright summer day. Four years ago, he asked me to save all my firsts for him. Now he lives across the hall, and I want nothing more than to be his last everything. His parting words when he gave me his heart were that nothing in this world is free. Now? Now he is making me pay.

Towards the end I decided not to rate or review this, but then I read the Acknowledgements and L.J. Shen asked me leave her “a brief, honest review”, so here it is:

This book is pure shit. I’ve been counting the days until it was released, just to be so disappointed now, after reading it. Maybe I’m too old for this shit, but for the love of Marx, how could anyone like such an awful story? Mean is a too soft word to describe these kids. Fucked up doesn’t come close to explain their actions and states of mind. Pitiful and disturbing are they key words for this.

ps: I have shit memory when it comes to the books I read, meaning I forget them soon after finishing them. One thing I think I know, is that I loved Vicious. Remind me to re-read it soon. I’m dying to know my own thoughts about it.