Published: March 13, 2012
Katherine Tegen Books
Hardcover, 368 pages
GR Summary: 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?
FOR REAL. Robin Hood was one of my favorite Disney movies as a kid. YES, I had a crush on a cartoon fox. What of it? He was SO ADMIRABLE for robbing that nasty Prince John and giving to the poor. The king of bad boys with redeeming qualities, my favorite type of character. Fast forward several decades to a non-cartoon but equally fictitious story of giving the poor what they deserve: fabulous clothing and an increase in social status.
Fun? You freaking bet.
I went into Pretty Crooked expecting fluff, which is precisely what I got. This is a fun, fast read about a girl who climbs quickly to the top of the high school food chain and instead of getting all high-and-mighty, decides to spread the wealth. Though she is quick to drop a pretty penny on some designer jeans, seriously. (This book did nothing for popular rich girls to win my favor, though. Willa's friends were douchebags and I praise the Lord I'm not in high school anymore.)
Pretty Crooked was entertaining and didn't require much brain power (my favorite kind of escape, for real!) and Willa was likable and a good person. I have much appreciation for a popular, pretty girl who doesn't become a superficial beotch with all her high school power. The love interest, Aidan, grated my nerves for the most part. But there's more to him than we initially see. Yay, depth!
If you're looking to escape, like I was, pick up Pretty Crooked and you'll read it in one sitting. Or hey, enter the giveaway below.
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