Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Book Review: Pretty Crooked by Elisa Ludwig

Book Description:
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?
My Thoughts:
My biggest annoyance with this book is the name-dropping. Holy Steve Jobs, Batman. This book is going to be extremely dated within a few years, and that's a shame, because it's pretty good. 

There's a couple of parts that made me raise my eyebrow - sexual innuendos and a little language. However, it fits with the context of the story, so it works and I can't freak out too much about it. 

The pacing is great. Descriptions of everything and everyone, great. The main character is mostly awesome. She has her moments of "how are you possibly this stupid?" but redeems herself, I think. I would absolutely read this book again; it's a great light summertime read. And I will be picking up the sequel, just for funnies. 
3/5 stars

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