Leslie's Review: Pretty Crooked by Elisa Ludwig

book coverHardcover: 368 pages 
Publisher: Harper Collins
Release Date: March 13, 2012
ISBN: 9780062066064

Source of my copy: won from giveaway
Series: Pretty Crooked #1

Synopsis (from Goodreads) 
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?

Leslie's Review:
Pretty Crooked was my first Robin Hood modernization, and since I'm not familiar with the story, I wasn't sure what to expect. But the premise of the book sounded interesting and fun, and so, I decided to give it a try.

Pretty Crooked turned out to be exactly as it sounded--it was light, fun, and humorous and I really enjoyed it. I really liked the writing style of debut author Elisa Ludwig because it was easy and playful and it flowed well. The characters, although cliche and predictable, were very funny and cool. And I found Willa to be such a delight. She had a spunk like none of the other heroines I've ever read recently. I admired her individualistic character, and I easily related and connected with her. Her mission to "even out the playing field" was, although not rational and ethically right, made for a humorous and enjoyable plot that never lost my interest. And **ohmigosh** Aidan Murphy = total dreamboat. Sigh. I loved him, and I rooted for him and Willa all throughout the book.

I recommend Pretty Crooked to anyone wanting a fun and light read--if that is what you are looking for then this book will surely deliver. I enjoyed this book so much that I can't wait to read the next book in the series, Pretty Sly (it will be coming out in March so it won't be long now!). I look forward to reading more about Willa and her crazy missions and as well as more fun books by Elisa Ludwig.


  1. I think this book looks like so much fun-I definitely need to pick it up and enjoy some weekend!

  2. This sounds like a perfect holiday read, maybe I'll have to pick it up at some point ready for my summer holiday!! :-)


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