Author: Elisa Ludwig
Publisher: Harper Collins
I’d seen so many review about this novel and I had to snatch it up and read it
Summary taken from Chapters/Indigo.ca:
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 new 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 break into lockers and Beemers is as hard as she'd thought it would be. Delivering care packages to the scholarship girls, who are bullied just for being different, is more fun than she'd expected.
The complication Willa didn't expect, though, is Aidan Murphy, VP''s most notorious ace-degenerate. His mere existence is distracting Willa from what matters most to her-evening the social playing field between the haves and have-nots. There's no time for flirting, especially with conceited trust-funders like Aidan. But when the cops start investigating the string of thefts at Valley Prep and the Glitterati begin to seek revenge, could Aidan wind up being the person that Willa trusts most?
Elisa Ludwig's Pretty Crooked is the first book in an adventurous teen caper series filled with mystery, humor, and heart.
First off I have to state that I had no idea this was or even if it is a series instead of a stand-alone book. That took me by surprise, but the ending and series of events that will lead into the next one left me feeling interested in the series. If you’re looking for that high-school drama craze that leaves you wanting to punch the popular girls for thinking that they are higher than everyone else, and one where you see someone standing up for equality, especially one that does currently have it good, then this is the book for you. Plus, it’s a modern day Robin Hood and really where can you go wrong with indulging in something like that.
Elisa Ludwig brings you into the world of the rich, the famous, and the young elite and introduces you through a character that has never really had anything more than her mom and their car. Not only is Willa still trying to make reality out of the dream world that she now inhabits but she’s trying to navigate the world of the young and uber rich and she discovers that its not all it cracked up to me and that some people need to be knocked down from their pedestal. Ludwigs has some pretty realistic characters and pretty realistic situation that will hopefully reach across to her readers and make them consider their emotions and actions on the subject of class inequality.
Willa—Although her choice may be faulty her actions were good intentions
Aidan—Um…sexy bad boy with a sense of humour…enough said. And what did Aidan do to get himself kick out?????
Tre—Another sexy bad…I think there might be something here in the future. Ah love triangles!
Alright so there is the obvious…is this a series? So far I’ve found nothing to state that there will be another in the series, however, the book leads us to believe that there is…so here is to hoping.
Secondly…the book was a little slow. Although the events that happen keep you interested the major stuff happen at the end. I sort of wish there would have been a few ‘close calls’ something to keep your heart racing while you’re waiting for the climactic end to happen, but there wasn’t. So although I still liked it and will read the next one I found it could have been a bit better. Maybe even a little more romance going on?
Also, Ludwig is a great writer but I found there could have been a bit more humour
Overall (Writing style, story line, and general):
Overall I found Ludwig a rather enjoyable author. Her story was well written and I was never confused with her meaning. She made everything crystal clear. Another thing I really liked is that when she did have some humourous moments they were well placed and came across beautifully. I also liked her choice of topic and her realistic characters, the kind that you just can’t wait to see them get what’s coming to them.
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Next In the Series:
Pretty Sly ETA: March 12th 2013
Viewer Type Recommendation:
If you love a modern day Robin Hood or even just a general thief novel, and maybe some young adult political justice than this is the one for you.