March 13, 2012

Pretty Crooked by Elisa Ludwig

Description: 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? (for more info click here)

Epic Wins:
  • Teenage thievery? Don't mind if I do! I know it's wrong but I love the intensity that comes out of a story when stealing happens, mind blowing intensity, I say! 
  • Modern day Robbin Hood- The main character stole from the rich and gave to the poor. Good intentions, sure but even the best intentions lead to destruction
  • Willa- A girl who grew up on very little is thrust into a glittery world of endless money. She never forgot about her past and that's what leads her to help out those who are less fortunate. Of course using someone else's check book? Not the best idea. 
  • The Glitterati- Selfish, mean, yet oh-so-glamorous, these girls are the top of the heap, but a few of them have some nasty secrets. 
  • Some of the situations, like the blog that tears people from Valley Prep down, are very realistic. I may not have experienced this but I've heard that being the one torn down is pretty awful. That was portrayed very well in this novel. 
  • Aidan- Willa spends most of the book trying not to like him. He was mysterious and sarcastic, the best kind of bad boy. 
  • This is the kind of book that you have to clear your schedule for. I devoured it so fast because I just couldn't stop reading. 
  • The ending- As a major cliff-hanger it leaves you ready to plunge into the next one. I seriously can't stand waiting for the next one to come out!
  • Message 1- Beyond the glit and glam people can sometimes be ugly. 
  • Message 2- Every choice comes with a consequence and as you make that choice you accept the consequence that come with it. 
  • Message 3- Money is the root of most evil. (I say most because fame can claim a portion of evil too.)
Overall: A wickedly spun tale about restitution, justice, and thievery! To say I am a fan is an understatement.

just sayin, 


  1. I didn't think I wanted to read this one, but now I totally need to! I love the Robin Hood twist on it and you're totally right about sarcasm and mystery making up the perfect bad boy, yum! Also the messages sound amazing too! Thanks Kare :)

  2. I'm really on the fence about this one because it just seems like it would have too much drama to the story. The Robin Hood element does sound very interesting though and so do the messages the book has to offer.

    Thanks for the great review, you certainly are making me think about if I want to read this one or not. :)

  3. Like Alexa, I'm on the fence about this one. I keep going back and forth on whether or not it will be worth it, but your review has me thinking it will be! Thanks! New follower btw :)

  4. I'm really excited to read this book-I love the concept and cover. It makes me think of the fun of Ally Carter's Heist Society books.


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