Praise for The Reckless Kind Winner of the 2021-2022 Whippoorwill Award for Rural YA Literature
"A beautiful and triumphant debut; this trio of fierce yet loving queer teens boldly making their way in the world has won a place in my heart, just like they will yours!"
--Sarah Glenn Marsh, author of the Reign of the Fallen series
"Three queer disabled teens forge their own path to love, family, and independence in this nuanced, delightful, and beautifully set historical adventure. If you read to be inspired that a better future is out there and in your control, this is the book for you."--Dahlia Adler, editor of That Way Madness Lies
"Carly Heath's writing jumps off the page to create an immersive world with lovable, queer characters who will steal your heart. A gorgeous tale of love and friendship, The Reckless Kind
will utterly transport you."--Rosiee Thor, author of Tarnished Are the Stars
"Although the setting might be the cold fjords of Scandinavia, The Reckless Kind
is a book full of warmth, heart, and grit. Through great tragedies and even greater love, it captures from the first word with its stellar writing and vivid characters a truly beautiful story that will wrap around your heart and never let go."--Diana Pinguicha, author of A Curse of Roses
"Those who appreciate stories of teens forging their own trails in a society that pushes them on a narrow path will grab The Reckless Kind
and not let go. While Asta is being told who she must love, Erlend is told who he cannot love, and their struggles to choose and keep their soulmates will resonate across time and place. Heath's setting is a magical world of twilight and night where intrigues brew and quirky, courageous young people show the way to a more humane world."--Lyn Miller-Lachmann, author of Gringolandia
"The Reckless Kind
is an exquisite debut. Heath has crafted a folktale about found families and the breadth of love that's both immediate and timeless. I didn't want to put it down--it felt like coming home."
--Saundra Mitchell, author of All the Things We Do in the Dark and editor of Out Now
"This novel has a lot of moving parts that work extremely well together, from its equine elements to the deep character studies of its complex cast to its depiction of disability and sexuality. Gunnar is depressed from his chronic pain, often lashing out at Erlend, and Asta is on a quest to keep her friends happy and find direction for her life that doesn't involve marriage. Teens who fantasize about the living with the queer found-family of their dreams get to indulge."--The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books, Starred Review
"A beacon of hope to nonconforming teens and young adults." --Historical Novel Society
"[An] emotionally grounded queer fairy tale . . . This work will tug the heartstrings of anyone who loved Mackenzi Lee's The Gentleman's Guide to Vice and Virtue
and wished Frozen
lived up to its queer potential."
--School Library Journal
"Found family vibes abound in this historical adventure starring three queer, disabled teens who set out to make a home of their own."
"Alternating between Asta's and Erlend's points of view, The Reckless Kind
explores the bravery and brutality required to carve out unconventional paths in a time in which otherness was shunned and people were rejected to the fringes of society because of their sexuality, mental illness, religious beliefs or disabilities. Heath takes great care in conveying Asta and Erlend's optimism in spite of Gunnar's harrowing physical challenges . . . Readers who enjoyed the equestrian culture of Maggie Stiefvater's The Scorpio Races
will enjoy the heart-pounding horse race in the final act, but Heath's thoughtful portrayal of headstrong teenagers who successfully defy the expectations of their time has broad appeal."
"A beautifully told work of queer historical fiction." --Pop Sugar
"This YA debut from Carly Heath transports readers."
"Debut author Heath manages to tackle a number of topics in this historical novel, exploring themes of identity, found family, sexuality, and disability. Additionally, asexual Asta has Waardenburg syndrome, Gunnar struggles with depression after a partial arm amputation, and Erlend shows signs of anxiety. The historical details and cast of characters keep the momentum going, and the plot never feels heavy-handed. A great addition for inclusive coming-of-age stories and found family where the characters are not defined by what makes them different."
"The plot is engaging, but the real magic lies in the characters and their relationships. Each has a condition that they struggle with to varying degrees . . . Their disabilities have a material impact on their lives--and on the story--but, crucially, don't define them. The author explores their experiences with care and reminds readers that no one is "perfect"; the line between able and disabled is socially constructed and movable . . . A tender tale of queer love, disability, and self-discovery."--Kirkus Reviews