Pretty Crooked by Elisa Ludwig
Release Date: March 13, 2012
Age Group: Young Adult
Received From: Publisher
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?
To be completely honest with you I was expecting Pretty Crooked by Elisa Ludwig to be a fluffy story about a rich girl with a conscience. I was wrong. Pretty Crooked is many things, fun, thrilling, and unique, but it’s not the simple story I was expecting.
Pretty Crooked is a modern day take on Robin Hood. I’ve always been a huge fan of the Robin Hood story and I love seeing different takes on it. So I was really interested to see how that would work in an exclusive prep school. It was so much fun! I loved seeing how Willa came to the decision to start stealing from classmates. I especially loved seeing her pull it off.
Willa was a fabulous main character. She was thrust into this world of money and snobbery and she didn’t quite fit in. That made it very easy to relate to her. She just wanted to do the right thing, even if it meant doing…illegal things. Willa always had good intentions and even though what she was doing was wrong, I was still rooting for her.
I was pleasantly surprised with some of the issues Pretty Crooked covers. Cyber bullying, stereotypes, and social classes, just to name a few. These things are addressed in a way that doesn’t make the book heavy, but Willa’s reaction to them shines a lot of light on them. I really liked how that was all covered. I think those are topics that can’t be covered enough in YA and it was nice to see them in a fun book.
I really enjoyed Pretty Crooked. My one tiny complaint would probably be that the pacing was slow at some points, but that was mostly because I wanted Willa to steal more things! This is a start to a series, so I’m anxious to see what kind of antics Willa gets up to in the sequel.
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