Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Review+ Giveaway: Pretty Crooked by Elisa Ludwig


Published: March 13, 2012
Katherine Tegen Books
Hardcover, 368 pages
Source: LitLogistics
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.

Superficial? Absolutely!

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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22 comments:

  1. If I could give one YA book to the poor, it would be Beauty by Robin McKinley. Great book with a great message and a story that everyone knows written with a new twist.

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  2. Oh gosh, I think that my book for everyone, rich or poor, is probably The Hunger Games. I won't stop until the entire world has read it. :O)

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  3. Harry Potter is more children's rather than YA, but that would be my pick.

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  4. The YA book I would give to the poor would be The Hunger Games because Katness starts at the bottom and makes her way to the top.

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  5. Summer is the perfect time for a little light reading!

    As for your question, I have to go with The Hunger Games!

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  6. Eeee I want to read this! Please and thank you. Oh, and to answer your question: The Hunger Games. Okay, that sounds bad now that I wrote it because they're probably hungry, but I actually read a news article where someone did that at a soup kitchen and it went over really well because the appeal is so broad. Anyhoo...

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  7. Jellicoe Road by Melina Marchetta, because I think everyone should read that book at some point!:)

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  8. oh wow ummi have no idea! i would definitely want it to be at least not a really depressing one, so maybe one from the gallagher girls series or any other non-depressing book : )

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  9. Yo, crushes on animals is nothing to be ashamed of. My six year old self loved Timothy from Timothy Goes to School. SO CUTE. Sounds like this book! I'm a little surprised Katherine Tegen published fluff, though.

    My book rec would probably be something hopeful; like Finnikin of the Rock by Melina Marchetta!

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  10. Oh dear. Now THAT's a hard question! I think my answer would probably change up on a day to day basis, but today? I think I'd go with Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher. :)

    Thanks for the giveaway!

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  11. Hmm it would be either Divergent or So Close To You by Rachel Carter =)

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  12. would add this to my summer to read list

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  13. I kinda have the urge to say a super long book that would take them a while to read, but honestly, the first book that came to mind was tiny. I'd give them Nick & Norah's Infinite Playlist because it leaves you with a feeling of hope which poor people are in desperate need of.

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  14. I loved this book too! I'll be excited to read the rest of the books in the series and see what happens with Willa.

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  15. This pretty much just sounds like the most fun thing ever. I'd totally give [EVERYONE EVER] Harry Potter because that is clearly the best book for every situation. There are some messages, some good pick-me-ups, some NEVILLE LONGBOTTOM... what more could you want?

    Sonia

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  16. Probably Gone by Michael Grant. It's crazy and awesome and I think everyone should read the series :]

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  17. The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, The Witch & the Wardroble. It's imaginative and fun.

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  18. Vampire Academy of course... Everyone needs a little Dimitri in their lives ;)

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  19. Why, it's Jen. FINALLY. I miss you, girl.

    But, yeah, this one doesn't sound like something I'll LOVE like I had previously imagined but it still sounds like some nice, good ol' fashioned fluff and I could use that every now and again. :-D

    — Asher @ Paranormal Indulgence

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  20. Is this the latest version of Robin Hood? I am a fan of Robin Hood since I was a kid. I am glad they thought of reviving Robin Hood but in another way. I will surely love to read this.

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  21. Darn it! Missed this one... And Animated Robin Hood was like crack to 6 year old me! Still looking up the book!

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