The Reckless Kind

The Reckless Kind

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A genre-defying debut, this queer historical YA centers a wild and reckless trio who fly in the face of small-town tradition--full of compassion, love, and determination to live the lives of their choosing.

It's 1904 on an island just west of Norway, and Asta Hedstrom doesn't want to marry her odious betrothed, Nils. But her mother believes she should be grateful for the possibility of any domestic future, given her single-sided deafness, unconventional appearance, and even stranger notions. Asta would rather spend her life performing in the village theater with her fellow outcasts: her best friend Gunnar Fuglestad and his secret boyfriend, wealthy Erlend Fournier.

But the situation takes a dire turn when Nils lashes out in jealousy--gravely injuring Gunnar. Shunning marriage for good, Asta moves with Gunnar and Erlend to their secluded cabin above town. With few ties left to their families, they have one shot at gaining enough kroner to secure their way of life: win the village's annual horse race.

Despite Gunnar's increasing misgivings, Asta and Erlend intend to prove this unheard-of arrangement will succeed. Asta trains as a blacksmith; Erlend cares for recovering Gunnar. But as race day approaches, the villagers' hateful ignorance only grows stronger. With this year's competition proving dangerous for the trio, Asta and Erlend soon find they face another equally deadly peril: the possibility of losing Gunnar, and their found family, forever.

Author: Carly Heath
Publisher: Soho Teen
Published: 11/09/2021
Pages: 336
Binding Type: Hardcover
Weight: 1.10lbs
Size: 8.35h x 5.59w x 1.26d
ISBN: 9781641292818
Age Range: 14-UP

Review Citation(s):
Kirkus Reviews 08/15/2021
Publishers Weekly 10/11/2021
Booklist 11/01/2021 pg. 75
Bulletin of Ctr for Child Bks 12/01/2021 - Book Of Special Distinction
School Library Journal 12/01/2021 pg. 95

About the Author
Carly Heath earned her BA from San Francisco State University and her MFA from Chapman University. Originally from the San Francisco Bay Area, Carly teaches design, art, theater, and writing for various colleges and universities. She currently lives on the West Coast and tends a menagerie of rescued farm animals. The Reckless Kind is her first novel.