Title: Reckless Treasure
Author: Cecily Wolfe
Pub. Date: April 24th, 2017
Genre: YA, Contemporary
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)
Reckless Treasure is a quick read full of drama, money hungry people who use others, love triangles, from riches to rags, and family. Francesca is almost out of high school which means she is almost out of that town and away from her hateful, selfish family. In the few weeks before she can leave, Mr Long comes around in his expensive suit and attention all for Francesca. Loving her older neighbor who is with her mother has made her feel pretty unwanted and undesirable, so she gladly soaks up the attention that makes her feel pretty. Unfortunately, this causes problems not only for her, but for her best friend Mich as well.
Francesca is intelligent and has many opportunities in front of her. The only thing on her mind is getting as far away from her family as possible however, so we don’t get to see just how far her potential could go. She is quiet but full of life, bold enough to tell her brother no when he begs for her hard earned money to pay back some of his ‘friends’. She is also oblivious, as her best friend is in love with her and she can’t see it. However, growing up with a mother who is jealous of her and a brother who just wants her money has left her feeling wasted and everything but special. So when the opportunity arises to feel such attention, to know someone cares even if perhaps their intentions are unclear, she takes it. She leaves her family behind but who could blame her?
Ricky, her brother, is a rather disturbing character. He doesn’t like his mother or sister, or anyone really. But he acts as if he dotes on their mother as he learned from the best what to do to get what he wants. He constantly drinks and parties, and thinks horrible things about his sister. At times I felt bad for him because he didn’t get to pick his mother. However that doesn’t change who he became. Ricky likes to get girls drunk so he can take advantage of them. He is forceful and enjoys when they’re unconscious. This could have been an issue dealt with and made known, but nobody did anything to stop him. They knew what he liked to do and just left him to his own devices.
Mitch is Francesca’s best friend. He is kind, caring, devoted to her, and she is constantly the center of his attention. He supports her no matter how much it can hurt him, and he stands by her side no matter what. Maybe they wouldn’t be good together, maybe they would be great together. What matters is that they have each other. Their bond is so strong and real that you can’t help but yearn for one of your own. Even if it’s just friendship.
This was an enjoyable read despite some loose ends and confusing situations. The author gives us an in depth view on how the people in out families can affect us. Francesca managed to get out mostly untouched by her mother’s ways, but nobody can deny that a part of her mother lives within her.