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 new 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 break into lockers and Beemers is as hard as she'd thought it would be. Delivering care packages to the scholarship girls, who are bullied just for being different, is more fun than she'd expected.
The complication Willa didn't expect, though, is Aidan Murphy, VP's most notorious ace-degenerate. His mere existence is distracting Willa from what matters most to her—evening the social playing field between the haves and have-nots. There's no time for flirting, especially with conceited trust-funders like Aidan. But when the cops start investigating the string of thefts at Valley Prep and the Glitterati begin to seek revenge, could Aidan wind up being the person that Willa trusts most?
Elisa Ludwig's Pretty Crooked is the first book in an adventurous teen caper series filled with mystery, humor, and heart.
Pretty Crooked falls between Heist Society and Populazzi – it has a cute story concept with fluffy adorability, but I wanted a little more finished business at the end of the book and less of a traitorous cliffhanger. Granted, I am definitely on board for the sequel to find out what happens – but I felt that Pretty Crooked could have gone a little differently. I think it was trying to set up enough background for a sequel as she introduced Willa, Aiden, Glitterati, and company in the current Robin Hood-styled story. As it turns out, I was MORE interested in the set-up for the sequel and read on to pursue that plotline before realizing that I would not get any answers until Book 2. By itself without all the trimmings for the sequel, Pretty Crooked has a likeable character with admirable intentions to equal out the have-lots and the have-nots. If Elisa Ludwig continues to write with such charm and wit in addition to providing more answers in Pretty Sly, I think we may another Ally Carter on our hands – and quite frankly, I am more than excited!
Pretty Crooked is a fun-filled, quick read. The characters are well developed and the story is filled with humor and compassion. I love Elisa Ludwig's writing style, which keeps the story flowing and the readers engaged. This would make a great tv series or movie. I can't wait to read the next one.
Willa Fox has never had the privilege of being one of the popular kids at school and she's honestly not sure she's finding it all that great. She hates the way that they treat the less fortunate kids at school and decides that she's going to do something about it. In short, she's going to steal from the rich kids to give to the poorer ones. Every time she takes something she ups the stakes just a little bit until she's practically addicted to the adrenaline rush of stealing. I liked Willa pretty much from the get go. While I thought her plan was a little underdeveloped, her heart seemed to be in the right place and she was an amusing character to follow. I had fun reading about her training sessions with Tre and her various antics. Speaking of Tre--did anyone else want HIM to be the love interest? I understand (kind of) her physical attraction to Aidan, but I didn't really get why she was so fascinated with him. Honestly, the romance doesn't play a huge role, but since there was one at all, I think I would have liked it to go a different direction. Who knows--maybe Aidan will be able to change my mind in book two.The secondary storyline with her mom left me feeling really confused. We never get a good feel for what's going on with that aspect of the story and I felt really drawn to the mystery. I kept hoping that we'd get more information as the book went on, but there was nothing! The ending was left open (I suppose for a series), but it felt TOO open for me. You still don't have ANY idea what was happening and I would have liked something--some kind of elaboration.In the end, this book left me wanting a little bit more. The writing is good and the storyline and characters make for an amusing read, but ultimately, the connection wasn't lasting. If you're looking for a fun, quick read, this is one you might want to pick up, and there are plenty of reviews out there that would disagree with my take. While I'll more likely than not read book two to find out what's up with her mom, this story simply didn't quite live up to my expectations.
Willa and her mother have finally set down roots and for the first time Willa is attending private school. A very elite private school where they serve sushi and bake wood fire baked pizzas in the brick pizza oven. The campus is on 200 acres, though the school is on only a small portion of that land. And the kids that attend are among the richest of the rich, CEO's children, trust fund babies, the works. But then there are the scholarship kids. The ones just trying to get a good education.Willa is lucky enough to get accepted by the Glitterati, the "it girls" of the school and she thinks they're nice. We all know the story and eventually she sees them for who they truly are. She decides if she evens the playing field, they won't have anything to be mean about. So she steal from the rich (Glitterati) and gives to the poor (scholarship). Only it doesn't quite work out the way she planned.As for the relationship she has with her mother, they've always been close. Her mother had her young and its always been just the two of them. But here, her mother has become secretive. She sleeps all day. She's gone all night. Locks herself in her room and cries. She won't tell Willa who the man is that keeps trying to approach them. And Willa certainly keeps her life secret. The romance isn't very much in this book and only takes off towards the end of the book which is where the book changes dramatically. Instead of modern day Robin Hood and a girl in high school, the book becomes very serious and dangerous. Their is peril and danger and strange things happening and Willa finds herself turning to the boy that she thought she'd least likely turn to for help. Be forewarned this is a series, or at least there is another book, something I wasn't expecting and it definitely threw me off at the end. I found this to be an enjoyable book, though a little confusing with the switch up at the end, but I'll definitely be getting the next book!
Pretty Crooked is full of heart, and a Chick-Lit novel that also deals with a serious subject and hard consequences. Even if the intentions were for good. Elisa Ludwig has written a beautiful heart-felt story about those who are less fortunate and the cruelty of others who seem to have more than their fair share. Elisa Ludwig also adds humor and romance that gives this serious storyline a lot of laughs. Willa and her mom have had a hard life with her mom being a single mom, but their luck has just changed after her mom, who is an artist, sells her painting for big money. Now they move to Arizona, a beautiful house with a pool, and Willa goes to Valley Prep High School. Yeah, Willa and her mom are living the good life, and for first time Willa is hanging with the Glitterati—the "mean rich girls". Willa’s conscience starts to bug her when she realizes she can't be like the Glitterati who bully the girls who don't wear the expenses clothes, and who got into Valley Prep by scholarship. Willa wants to make those who have less become equals with the rich Glitterati girls, So Willa becomes the Valley Prep Robin Hood. Willa soon learns good intentions are not good enough and they will lead her down a road with no U-turn.Aiden is the utterly hot rich guy, and Willa can't help falling him, but she is tough on Aiden. I felt really sorry for him. But Aiden is proof you shouldn't judge a person by what you see on the outside, he has his own good intentions for being a bad boy. Pretty Crooked ends on cliffhanger that had me screaming, NO! don't end now. But Aiden sure did give this novel an awesome ending, and so did Elisa Ludwig. She definitely will have me do a repeat offence for the next book. I recommend Pretty Crooked as a must read.