Thursday, May 3, 2012

Pretty Crooked by Eliza Ludwig

Pretty Crooked by Eliza Ludwig
Release Date: March 13, 2012
Publisher: Katherine Tegan Books

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?  - Goodreads.com

Pretty Crooked was such a cute story.  I loved having a break from the the "sky is falling" type stories I've been reading to just sit back with a light, fun read.  This book definitely delivers that.

The idea of having a Willa be like a modern-day Robin Hood was a cute one.  At times I was a little appalled myself over some of the stunts she pulls.  I tried to push that aside though and just enjoy the story without worrying about whether or not the motive was pure enough to forgive her actions.  But I won't pretend it didn't give me some pause now and then.

Willa was a good character.  I liked the fact that she cared about others and didn't want to see them be made fun of or hurt.  Her heart was definitely in the right place, even though her actions were wrong, no matter what the motive. 

The romance was cute and sweet, and all in all, I found that the story had a great mixture of humor, seriousness, romance, and a little intrigue.  The author's writing was engaging and the story fast-paced.  A great book to read when you just want to enjoy a relaxing afternoon.


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