Publisher: Katherine Tegan (Harper Collins imprint)
Series: Pretty Crooked #1
Source: Good Reads First Reads
Challenge: DAC #2
Willa Fox and her painting mom have moved around the lot according to her mom's whims until Ms. Fox finally makes a sale. With their new found money, they settle down in a gorgeous house in amazing Paradise Valley, Arizona. She'll even be attending a fancy private school. However, within the first few weeks Willa starts to realize that her new, popular friends aren't so friendly and that they are mercilessly bullying the scholarship kids. Taking matters into her own hands, she decides to steal from the rich and give to the poor, but complications arise, especially with charming, rumored-to-be-a-player Aidan Murphy.
Pretty Crooked is such a fun read, especially since Willa is a modern-day Robin Hood. Parts of it are kind of ridiculous, I'll admit it, but I was enjoying it so much that I didn't care. Willa is a great, quirky narrator and I love the supporting characters, especially Aidan. He's cute and just a little mysterious, not to mention a bit of a rebel. Then there's Willa's best friend, Cherise, who's torn- does she stand up for what's right and throw away her hard-earned popularity or does she cling to her social standing? It's a decision high schoolers have to face almost every day, and Ludwig did a great job in portraying that through Cherise. One other character who deserves mentioning is Tre. He may seem laid back, but as Tennessee Williams said, "still water runs deep."
The banter between all of the characters is amusing and made me chuckle a few times, although I wish it had been a little more realistic. Unless they are kidding, I don't think I've ever heard a teen really say "Oh. Em. Gee." At least, not out loud. Also, popular girls don't have a name for their group, such as the Glitterati. However, that last bit kind of worked in the book, despite being corny. The Glitterati's bullying is spot on. It is utterly vicious, backhanded, and catty. The fact that most of it happens online just adds to the cruelty.
Then, on top of the bullying, the vengeful stealing, and the boy drama, Ludwig adds intrigue with Willa's mother. Something's going on there, and it is not good, whatever it is. Is Ms. Fox involved in sketchy happenings maybe? Does it have anything to do with Willa's father, a man she's never known? I have no idea, but I can't wait to find out in Pretty Sly. Pick up your copy of Pretty Crooked March 12th!
Are you a big Robin Hood fan like me?