Author: Elisa Ludwig (@ElisaLudwigYA)
Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books
Release Date: March 13, 2012
Series: Pretty Crooked #1
The Other Books: Pretty Sly
Challenge: 2012 Debut Author Challenge
Seek: Amazon, Goodreads
Willa’s secret plan seems all too simple: take from the rich kids at Valley Prep and give to the poor ones.
Yet Willa’s turn as Robin Hood at her ultra-exclusive high school is anything but. Bilking her “friends”-known to everyone as the Glitterati-without them suspecting a thing, is far from easy. Learning how to pick pockets and break into lockers is as difficult as she’d thought it’d be. Delivering care packages to the scholarship girls, who are ostracized just for being from the “wrong” side of town, is way more fun than she’d expected.
The complication Willa didn’t expect, though, is Aidan Murphy, Valley Prep’s most notorious (and gorgeous) ace-degenerate. His mere existence is distracting Willa from what matters most to her-evening the social playing field between the have and have-nots. There’s no time for crushes and flirting with boys, especially conceited and obnoxious trust-funders like Aidan.
But when the cops start investigating the string of burglaries at Valley Prep and the Glitterati begin to seek revenge, could he wind up being the person that Willa trusts most?
You Should… – Buy it
Cover, Challenge Reading
Judge the Cover – The cover is really fun and pretty! If I saw this at the bookstore or the library, I would have definitely picked it up.
A Little Teaser – And I didn’t need any more signs that my anonymous makeover plan was the right way to go. Now I just needed to figure out how to get the money to pull it off.
Review – I began reading this book when I was having a bit of an off-week. It was a really busy week and I needed something light to read. Pretty Crooked was exactly what I needed. It was light, exciting, and funny. It had a bit of a slow start but it did build up to exciting parts.
Willa and her mom move around a lot. Her mother is an artist and finds inspiration in different parts. When she feels like the place has served its purpose, they move. Willa is has gotten used to this routine and has so much experience at being the new kid at school. Her mom has just come across some money after a big sale, and now they are living a fancier life-style.
Willa starts school and after she almost gets hit by a car, becomes friends with Cherise and later the Glitterati. Willa is becoming comfortable with her new glamorous lifestyle. That is until she finds out that the Glitterati are actually mean girls that pick on the poor, scholarship girls. She finds that it is up to her to set right, by taking things from rich and giving the poor girls a new wealthy style.
Willa was a fun character to read about. She does make some poor decisions but all with a good heart. I would have probably got a job to help the girls and instead of going criminal, because I don’t think I’m brave enough to go through with stealing. Willa though makes it funny and she actually succeeds, so well done, Willa.
I really enjoyed the story. Elisa kept me guessing and the moments where Willa was doing something criminal, my heart would race because I was afraid that she was going to get caught. Then the ending something big happens, and I am excited to see what happens to Willa and all the other characters in the next book.
If you like a book that is overall fun, go pick this book up!