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Pretty Crooked (Pretty Crooked #1)

3.59  ·  Rating Details  ·  2,012 Ratings  ·  286 Reviews
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
Hardcover, 358 pages
Published March 13th 2012 by Katherine Tegen Books
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Wendy Darling
This first half of this book was pretty entertaining. Willa moves to new town, tries to fit in with the wealthy crowd now that her mom's made it big, meets new friends and cute boys. I was enjoying it for the brain candy kind of a book it was and I thought the concept of her somehow playing Robin Hood in this new school would be fun. But then we hit the wall of the impossibly shallow way she decides to do it, and the book lost me.

How does Willa try to help those who are less fortunate? (view spo
Mar 12, 2012 Giselle rated it liked it
Shelves: ebook, arc
Ever since enjoying Elisa's self-published novel June of Rock, I've been looking forward Pretty Crooked; with its fun, quirky cover and synopsis, I had high hopes for it. I wasn't expecting such a fluffy story, but I was glad to find it an enjoyable, quick read, nonetheless, that reminded me a tad of Mean Girls.

Willa only wants to even out the score by stealing from her rich friends, and giving to her poorer ones. Although a bit far fetch, the plot is pretty amusing. Coming from a small town wh
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Mimi Valentine
I LOVED THIS BOOK. I can't even begin to explain how much! I thought it'd just be a cute novel that would keep me highly entertained — and it was, but it was also so much more. Pretty Crooked was book that I could gush about for weeks and still have things to say!

Robin Hood had always been one of my favourite stories, and Pretty Crooked only increased my love for it! This was more than just a modern re-telling of a classic. Elisa Ludwig created an extremely fun story that had lovable characters
Mar 12, 2012 Heidi rated it it was ok
“Two and a half stars: A modern day, reinvented Robin Hood that doesn't quite work.

Willa is used to being the perennial, new girl. She and her single mother, an artist, have bounced around from place to place Willa's entire life. Finally, her mother has a stroke of good luck and sells some of her paintings for a phenomenal price. With their new, found fortune the pair settle into the wealthy community of Paradise Valley, Arizona. Willa is enrolled in Valley Prep, a prestigious private school. On
Apr 10, 2015 Colette rated it really liked it
Such a fun, quick read! Fans of Prep or the GG series may enjoy this novel. Overall 3.5/5 stars; not the most well-written novel, but entertaining nonetheless.
Dec 12, 2011 Megan rated it it was amazing
So smart, so fun--PRETTY CROOKED is realistic YA fiction at its best. Willa Fox has just transferred to a super-rich private high school in Arizona when she's only know public schools her whole life. Her artist mom has just hit it big, scoring them a gorgeously extravagant house and a life far removed from their usual routine of subsisting on noodles. Willa instantly becomes friends with the "Glitterati," beautiful, rich girls who own the school. But Willa comes to learn that all that glitters i ...more
Mar 05, 2012 Loretta rated it it was amazing
This book for me was MEAN GIRLS + GOSSIP GIRLS meets ROBIN HOOD. Really!
Although the Mother / Daughter bond had me leaning towards GILMORE GIRLS too!
This book was a really good, cute read! I loved it. I seriously cannot point out one thing I did not like about this one. Modern day Robin Hood. When I first read that I was skeptical as to how that was going to play out. Elisa Ludwig really brings this book to life. Her writing was amazing and I loved the characters.
Willa and her mother have jus
Rachel Harris
Feb 07, 2012 Rachel Harris rated it it was amazing
PRETTY CROOKED is a fun ride. A mixture of Robin Hood, Mean Girls, Wendy Toliver’s LIFTED and a splash of Simone Elkeles’s LEAVING PARADISE series, Elisa Ludwig’s tale of the have and have-not’s keeps the action coming and the mysteries at every corner.

While I admit the prologue was a little hard for me to get through, once I got into the heart of the story I was completely hooked. The voice is fresh and witty, making it an easy page-turner, and the main character Willa was extremely likable. Wi
Wandering Librarians
Willa and her mother have always moved around, but now that her mom's started to sell her paintings, they can live a more comfortable life. For the first time, Willa is living in a fancy house and going to an exclusive private school. It isn't long until Willa starts noticing how much some students have, and how little others do. Willa decides to level the playing field.

This was ridiculous. Like, totally ridiculous. Willa falls in with the super popular crowd, who at first she thinks is all nice
I was really looking forward to reading this story, as the premise is pretty cute and I really liked the cover. I loved the idea of a modern day, female Robin Hood stealing from the rich, obnoxious kids at her school and giving back to the underprivileged scholarship kids that are tormented by the populars.

I was very curious how the author was going to manage to have the MC stealing, literally breaking the law, and getting away with it. (Or so I hoped.) I thought she might cook up some kind of
Sierra Abrams
Pretty Crooked by Elisa Ludwig (Pretty Crooked #1)
Pages: 358
Release Date: March 13th, 2012
Date Read: 2012, February 5th-11th
Received: ARC from NetGalley
Rating: 4/5 stars
Recommended to: 13+

Willa Fox is no extraordinary girl, but her life has never been ordinary. She's moved all over the country with her single mom, an artist just waiting to make it big. But then she does make it big, and Willa's life is flipped dramatically.
First, they get the fancy new house. Next, Willa is accepted int
Hannah (The Irish Banana Review)
Take the Robin Hood mythology and blend it with a heaping dose of Gossip Girl and you get Pretty Crooked; a fun, cute, and amusing read that left me wanting more. Elisa Ludwig does a fantastic job giving a glitzy, modern twist to an old story.

Willa was hysterical to read. She amused and intrigued me to no end from the harrowing beginning to the very end. I’m so glad this is going to be a series, because I look forward to reading about her adventures. I loved her heart and how she truly had the b
Dec 09, 2011 Katy rated it liked it
This was a cute read but nothing really special. Usually I don't mind stories being cliche or predictable, but there wasn't anything about this one that really stood out. Still, it wasn't a bad read and kept me entertained.

The whole concept of Robin Hood had potential. But it wasn't almost halfway through the book before we even begin seeing any of that. Up til that point, it was mostly about a new girl at school, somehow being scooped up by the in-crowd and the typical situation of mean girls b
Cheyenne Teska
Mar 10, 2012 Cheyenne Teska rated it it was amazing
Willa's living the good life when her mother moves her to Paradise Valley, Arizona and promises her that this move is the last. Over the years she's lived in everything from a trailer to the backseat of their car, but this was all going to change when they suddenly come into enough money to buy a beautiful home with a pool. When Willa falls in with the popular crowd, will things begin to get ugly?

Like most teenagers, it's easy to get pressured into something you normally wouldn't do. I think in
Dec 12, 2011 Larissa rated it really liked it
Shelves: favorites
This book is amazing. I just finished it minutes ago ( would have finished it in one sitting but I had a evil chem final. Ew) and my head is spinning. This book had everything: tons of laughs, grins, twinges of sadness for the main character...even a bit of mystery!

This book does have some cliches, as does any book if you think about it. It's just that is was more obvious to the reader. When I first began to read I was nodding along thinking "Okay so another typical YA fluff book where the new g
My full review:

In this story, we meet Willa. She's moving, once again, but this time, to a new and rich private school in Arizona. There, she meets the popular crew- but she also meets girls who aren't as fortunate as most of the kids at Valley Prep. Willa wants to help. How does she plan to do this? Willa's going to steal from the rich kids, and give gifts to the girls who aren't as rich, or popular.

I feel like this book was made for me [no, not the stealing part, the new kid part!]. I mean, I
Nov 23, 2011 Mari rated it liked it
Shelves: netgalley
Willa is a new student at an exclusive prep school where there is a clear division among the haves and have-nots. And even if Willa was accepted to the fold of the most popular girls in school, she hates that some of her new friends have been ragging on the scholarship girls. That's when she develops this brilliant plan to be ala-Robin Hood - she's going to steal from the rich and give to the poor. But at what consequence?

I wanted to like Willa more but she came off too naive. As she was doing h
Jan 28, 2012 Celine rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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My review:

The cover is so cute and totally reflects the story of the book! I like how the model in the cover seems to be running away after stealing, how there's cash flying away from the bag and the cute high heels!


What if you have the power to change the social order in your stealing?

Willa is a new student in Valley Prep. She is already introduced to the Glitterati on her first day and actually ha
Feb 21, 2012 Danny rated it really liked it
Shelves: imm-nov
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What a fun?!?! When I read the synopsis I knew this book would be something to read when in the mood for something light and fun! Also, I’m a big big fan of Robin Hood so the synopsis really sold me!

Modern Robin Hood Tale – with a twist and .. fun!
At Willa’s new school everything is about appearance, about wearing the right clothes and about who to talk to. The typical rich school, right? But, Willa was never used to be “rich” and didn’t grow up with that much
Debbie I Heart YA Books
Feb 22, 2012 Debbie I Heart YA Books rated it it was amazing
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 ju
Diana Renn
Sep 16, 2011 Diana Renn rated it it was amazing
PRETTY CROOKED is a deliciously fun caper about an unlikely criminal. Willa, a recent transplant to a wealthy suburb in Arizona, steals from her "Glitterati" friends and delivers care packages to the scholarship girls. Her heart's in the right place, as she knows what it feels like to live without certain luxuries, and she has learned first-hand of the temporary confidence that certain luxuries can bring. But her actions have dire consequences, and Willa's soon in over her head. Braided into thi ...more
Sep 08, 2014 Fanny rated it liked it

Queria leer una lectura mas relajada despues de leer la saga Crows Row, asi que me acorde de este libro y que por alguna razon no me habia leido, despues de volver a leer la sinopsis lo tuve claro, era justo la historia que estaba buscando.
Al principio la historia avanza un poco lento pero desde que Willa descubre la verdad sobre sus " amigas " se vuelve mucho mas interesante.
Willa fue un personaje que me gusto mucho, me encanto su caracter y sus principios a la hora de actuar, tambien comparti
Jan 28, 2014 Melanie rated it really liked it
This weeks offering is the young adult debut book by Elisa Ludwig called Pretty Crooked. It's the first in a series of books in the 'Pretty Crooked' saga. The book is a modern take on Robin Hood with the delightful Willa (I love her name!), who's fun, funny and just moved after her Mum has made some money selling some paintings. Its a more 'comfortable' lifestyle which means more money and private schooling in a new luxurious house - something Willa hasn't had before. Willa soon makes friends an ...more
Shannon (aka The Tale Temptress)
Pretty Crooked was such a cute story. I loved having a break from the the "sky is falling" type stories I've been reading to just sit back with a light, fun read. This book definitely delivers that.

The idea of having a Willa be like a modern-day Robin Hood was a cute one. At times I was a little appalled myself over some of the stunts she pulls. I tried to push that aside though and just enjoy the story without worrying about whether or not the motive was pure enough to forgive her actions. But
Apr 03, 2012 Diana rated it it was amazing
To be honest, I didn't believe I would like this book. I'm not too familiar with Robing Hood and the book jacket convinced me I was going to be reading about some girl named Willa who adores some boy named Aidan, and she's a thief who magically gives to the poor. I wasn't sure how Willa would be giving people things without telling how she got them. But that teaches me to also not judge a book by its jacket. I wound up really enjoying Pretty Crooked.
I loved all the characters- especially Aidan.
Tara (Fiction Folio)
Mar 11, 2012 Tara (Fiction Folio) rated it really liked it
Before I read this book I had seen it described as Mean Girls meets Robin Hood - and that totally grabbed my attention. After reading Pretty Crooked, this description couldn't be more perfect for the story.

I love any book that involves some sort of prep or boarding school, and I love it even more when the MC doesn't quite fit in with the rest of the crowd. Enter Willa, the free-spirited teenager who is in for a wild ride at Valley Prep. From the minute she stepped through the doors I knew that w
Mar 14, 2012 StorySeekers rated it really liked it
I began reading this book when I was having a bit of an off-week. I was really busy week and needed something light to read. Pretty Crooked was exactly what I needed. It was light, exciting, and funny. It had a bit of a slow start but it did build up to exciting parts.

Willa and her mom move around a lot. Her mother is an artist and finds inspiration in different parts. When she feels like the place has served its purpose, they move. Willa is has gotten used to this routine and has so much experi
Vicky (A Backpack Full of Adventures)
Pretty Crooked is an entertaining, fast-paced story about high school drama, inequalities, prejudices, bullying and of course love and friendship. At first glance, it seems to be your average YA story with likeable characters, glamour and hot guys, but you need to read between the lines in order to see it's more than that.

Elisa Ludwig's story shows how easy it is to judge people based on their skin colour, their past, their clothes or their wealth and how unfair our society is. Willa's new frien
Mar 12, 2012 Jenny rated it really liked it
Actual Rating: 3.5/5

A cute and light read, Pretty Crooked gives us a modernized female version of Robin Hood that, while not necessarily bringing anything new to the table, definitely entertains nonetheless. The girls of the Glitteratti are stereotypical in nature, spoiled young women who believe their money excuses them from being decent human beings and who spread lies and prejudice with the same smile plastered on their faces they have when they swipe their black American Express cards. Even
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PRETTY WANTED (Katherine Tegen/HarperCollins), the third installment in the PRETTY CROOKED trilogy will be released in March 2015. COIN HEIST, a YA thriller, was released in June 2014 (Adaptive Studios). I live in Philadelphia with my husband and son.

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