Pretty Crooked (Hardback)
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Short Description for Pretty Crooked High school sophomore Willa and her artist mother move to Arizona where Willa starts attending an elite prep school after her mother finally sells some paintings, and Willa attempts to even things out by stealing from the rich students and giving to the poor ones.
- Published: 01 April 2012
- Format: Hardback 360 pages
- ISBN 13: 9780062066060 ISBN 10: 0062066064
- Sales rank: 590,567
Reviews for Pretty Crooked
Pretty Crooked, by Elisa Ludwig
Also reviewed on my blog, The Vintage Bookworm. (http://www.vintagebookworm.blogspot.com)
When I first read the summary for this 2012 debut, I knew it was going to be an enjoyable read. It's just one of those books you know right of the bat is going to be fun. And it was. It took me a while to read it, nearly two weeks, but that was because I was in a rut. I just didn't want to read at all, but once I did I'd get through some pages pretty fast because it was funny at times and pretty snarky.
Willa was a great character, she lost her way a little bit toward the middle, but fixed it by helping those who didn't have much money. There is your classic mean girls in this book, the "Glitterati", they make it hell for those who are on scholarships and don't have the means to dress up to their standards. Willa thought there was something that needed to be done about that. So she turns into a modern day Robin Hood.
With the help of a new friend, she learns how to pick pocket and break into lockers and cars and eventually houses and steal things from those who have enough money to buy a million more of the things she stole. When she was on a "job" it really made my heart beat. My heart was pounding so hard thinking she was about to get caught. And then I'd exhale my held breath in relief.
Other than Willa, my other favorite characters were Cherise, Tre, and Aidan. Especially Aidan, he was so funny and all of his scenes made me smile. He's pretty different than the other rich kids. I can't decide who I want Willa to be with, though. I really like Aidan and she does too, but theres parts of me that see Tre and I'm like, "Noo Willa!". Maybe we'll see in the next book what will happen.
Overall, this is just an overall enjoyable book. The writing flowed well and I'd fly through pages when I was reading. This is definitely a debut to read this year! And a new author to add to my watch list. If you like Robin Hood and fashion, you should definitely give this book a try! by Amanda
I liked it
There were some things I liked and didn't like in Pretty Crooked. It was an interesting plot idea, a modern day Robin Hood. I don't think Willa came across as noble as Robin Hood though which maybe wasn't the intent or moral of the story anyway. Robin Hood was back in Medieval Times right? He was kind of like a police office in a corrupt monarchy. Willa, on the other hand, is a modern teenager trying to give retribution to girls that definitely deserve it, but breaking the law really isn't the best way to do it.
Willa is interesting. I'm not sure if I like her that much. She makes some really dumb decisions. She's been through a lot so it's understandable that she's having a hard time. Willa and her single mom had a good relationship until they moved to the rich neighborhood, and her mom got secretive and busy. The biggest pull for me to read the next book in the series is to find out more about her mom's secrets, very intriguing.
This book brings up the modern issue of cyber bullying. This definitely wasn't a problem in my day. (Which, by the way, I'm not ancient or anything. My 10 year reunion is coming up soon. Hmm maybe that does make me ancient.) I'm sure this happens in high schools all over, and it's truly appalling. Willa definitely had her heart in the right place when she tried to help these girls being bullied for being the scholarship kids at a rich private school.
Sexual Content: moderate
Other: cyber bullying, teen party drinking, teen drinking and driving by Clean Teen Fiction