Saturday, February 25, 2012

Pretty Crooked by Elisa Ludwig

Published: March 2012
Publisher: Katherine Tegan Books
Pages: 368
Copy Provided by: NetGalley
Summary: 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 haves 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 thefts at Valley Prep and the Glitterati begin to seek revenge, could Aidan wind up being the person that Willa trusts most?

I wasn't sure what to expect from this title when I downloaded it from NetGalley.  It looked fun!  When I first started reading, I had flashbacks of Mean Girls meets Shopaholic meets Robin Hood.  It seemed like a pre-teen novel at the start but as the story progressed, I'd amp up the rating to be suitable for teens.  The author has a clear, casual writing tone with lots of sarcasm (which I love).  By page 50 I was laughing out loud.  

Surprisingly, I became wrapped up in what appeared to be a fairly simple plot as it became more complicated and complex.  Pretty Crooked had more depth than I expected and I am interested to see what book #2 has in store.  Does Willa connect with Aiden?  What is her Mom trying to hide from her?  Will her good intentions go awry?  

Give this one a go for something a little lighter, have some fun, laugh a little and remember what its like to try to make the "right" decisions in life.

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