Publish Date: March 13th, 2012 by HarperCollins (Katherine Tegan Books)
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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 haves 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 thefts at Valley Prep and the Glitterati begin to seek revenge, could Aidan wind up being the person that Willa trusts most?
Pretty Crooked felt like one of those books you read when you want to take a break from all the intense paranormal and dystopian books, which is exactly what I needed to do. I finished it quickly, and it wasn't a novel where I had to reread sentences over and over again before I understood what was going on.
However, I found this book had one huge problem: the romance. There wasn't very much of it, and that was fine with me - Pretty Crooked actually worked well that way. But the romance that was there didn't make any sense to me. I mean, okay, yeah, I liked Aidan, too. But Aidan and Willa knew next to nothing about each other. I mean, seriously. They've had a few conversations, that's it. But I will say there's no insta-love here, just attraction. And it's a good thing their relationship is just beginning at the end of the novel. Maybe that means we'll find out more about him in the next book.
At first, I was a little upset when I heard there's going to be a sequel, but when I thought about it, the ending really does lead you to believe there's going to be a sequel. I think it'll be great to learn more about Aidan and Willa.
The blurb from Goodreads makes Aidan seem like he's really important in the book, but honestly, he's not even seen that much. Sure, Willa thinks about him often enough, but the blurb makes you think you're going to see way more of him than you actually do.
Another thing that was a bit of an issue for me was the fact that I wanted a little bit more excitement and a little bit more emotion from Willa. Willa fell flat for me sometimes, as did the plot. I really liked the idea, but I feel like the author could have added more aspects to it, rather than just leaving it as simple as it was.
Despite the fact that she fell flat sometimes, I liked Willa well enough. I really loved that she never really even considered keeping the money for herself when she stole it. She's like a contemporary female Robin Hood. Sort of. And I also liked that at first, when she got to her new town, she didn't even consider the fact that other people might need help - she was just too happy to be "popular." That seemed really realistic to me. After moving around so much, Willa should have been happy to fit in - and she was.
Tre, another secondary character, was a nice touch to the story. I couldn't really tell where he was going in the story, if he was going to be a romantic interest or just a friend, (I even considered that maybe he was gay) but I kind of liked that Ludwig kept me guessing ;)
Also, can I just say that HarperCollins makes awesome covers? I always love them.
Overall: I had my problems with Pretty Crooked. Lots of them. And yet it was still one of those books I couldn't stop reading. If you want something light and fast-paced, I'd definitely recommend it, but I wish there had been a little more subplots. 3 stars.