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3.81  ·  Rating details ·  183 ratings  ·  26 reviews

A one-word text message: That's all Michal "Mike" Garcia needs to gather a crowd. Mike is a seventeen-year-old bookie, and Sanctuary is where she takes bets for anyone at Carson City High with enough cash. Her only rule: Never participate, never place a bet for herself.

Then Josh Ellison moves to town. He pushes Mike to live her life, to feel a rush of something—p
Hardcover, 386 pages
Published May 1st 2012 by Balzer + Bray
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Angela  M
Nov 07, 2011 rated it it was amazing
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I read somewhere on the publishers website that Wanted was like a modern day Robin Hood and Bonnie and Clyde. As soon as I saw that I knew I was going to have to read it as soon as I possibly could. Let me just say, they did not get it wrong. Michal (aka Mike) and Josh definitely form their own two-person Robin Hood team stealing from the rich and giving to the needy, and when that all goes bad it escalates in to one final ride that would make Bonni
Savannah (Books With Bite)
Nov 15, 2011 rated it really liked it
What I loved most about this book is the great plot line. I have yet to read an interesting plot line about a teen who is a bookie and gambles. This alone is intriguing. Let me tell you that I don't know much about gambling. I mean, I don;t know much about running a book. You taking bets, collecting, etc. Ms. Ayarbe, made it is for the reader to fall in the plot really fast as well as understand it. The reader wasn't confused and instead I found myself really enjoying it.

The love interest in th
Joy (joyous reads)
Bonnie and Clyde meets Robinhood – the premise couldn’t have sound any more interesting and unique as that. Come to think of it, there have been books written within the parameters of either work but never both. Such an ambitious undertaking, if I may say so myself.

Seventeen year-old Michal is a bookie who had never known what it’s like to live the life of a person of her occupation. And although the temptation to gamble was severe, she’d never once given in…until Josh Ellison moved to town and
Aug 08, 2012 rated it liked it
It would have been a 4.5, but THAT ENDING. Not a good first reaction to it. I need to formulate my thoughts on some things, but I loved the writing, the tone, the way it tackled the teen crime thing (as opposed to Pretty Crooked, which was more light fun to read but felt like it was a bit more unreal), and the way it showed the main character and her relationships. The discussion of race and being Mexican-American was well done, although it could have been related back to the MC more.
Gabrielle Carolina
Mar 31, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: bir13
LOVED! I want to write a big, thoughtful review but I still need to process it all.

In a nutshell, WANTED is devastating, unique, realistic, hard-hitting, asks all the right questions and encompasses major literary and modern lifestyle issues with poise and edge.

Let WANTED make an Ayarbe fan out of you.
Apr 07, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: ya, rev
Powerful and complicated and provocative and heartbreaking. Wish the end was a bit more end-y, but I can appreciate the power of the sudden semi-ambiguous fade-out.
Crystal ✬ Lost in Storyland
What I love about Heidi Ayarbe's writing is that she delves into the human psyche in her books. She poses a question to the readers and explores it. Wanted is a brilliantly crafted novel delving into the psyche of a girl who breaks the rules once and loses. If I were in Mike's position, I would want to stay on the sidelines. She lives in a bad neighborhood and wants to get out of there; she can't afford any major losses. Being a bookie with a close following, she makes a fair amount of safe mone ...more
A.R. McKenna
Apr 10, 2012 rated it it was amazing
4.5 stars.

I was so excited to read Wanted once I heard about its release. Heidi Ayarbe is one of my favorite writers and she really impressed me with her previous books, Freeze Frame and Compromised. This one didn't fail to impress me, either. Her writing is superb and filled with honest realism. It isn't a happy feel good story because unfortunately, life isn't always upbeat and positive.

There are a lot of things I admire about this novel and one of them is the topic of illegal immigration. So
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One thing I loved about the previous book I read by Heidi Ayarbe is how real the whole thing feels. While you are reading, you think that this could happen to anyone and anywhere. I was curious how a female teenage bookie might fit into this theory.

From beginning to end I just had a hard time wrapping my mind around the bookie part of the story. I guess I just don't see it in the high school setting. Is this something new? Is it common? I guess maybe it's a new kind of rush for teenagers, but i
Apr 22, 2012 rated it really liked it
Let me start by saying that Wanted turned out to be so different from everything else that I've read this year, that I was simply blown away from the start. As soon as I was introduced to Michal, a young girl turned bookie, there was no turning back. I'm not very familiar with the betting world, but Ayarbe makes it easy to understand the life that Michal has placed herself in. Her honest voice sucked me in, and her inability to see how important she was kept me coming back for more. I was rootin ...more
Feb 09, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Personally, I think this is Ayarbe’s best novel. I enjoyed Freeze Frame more, but this is superior in character depth and development, writing, and everything else. This was a really, really good book. I didn’t even enjoy it that much, but it was still really good.

Ayarbe tackles some great issues in this book: identity and right vs. wrong are the two main ones that I noticed. She also portrays the addiction to gambling really well. Really, there are just fantastic things going on with this book.
Brad Sells
Mar 27, 2012 rated it it was ok
Hmmm... what went wrong with this book? I really, really wanted to like Wanted, but in the end, this was just not the book for me.

Whenever I marked this book as currently-reading on my Goodreads shelf, I look at the reviews and saw nothing but glowing reviews of 4 and 5 stars. I was super pumped to read Wanted, especially with all the good reviews surrounding it. I will give Wanted the prologue - that was pretty epic. Unfortunately, I found that to be the only thing epic about this book. Way too
Aug 13, 2013 added it
Shelves: dnf

I didn't stat rate this book because it wasn't awful. I stopped reading because I have a horrible headache and I need something to take my mind off it and this book failed at that.

It was already a bit of a stretch, in terms of being the type of book I like, but I decided to give it a chance. The problem I had
was it didn't contain enough initial emotion for me. About 70 pages in based on Kobo's number system and I wasn't into the writing which was a little bit too descriptive for me.

The con
Mar 08, 2012 rated it it was ok
Ayarbe calls this an "unconventional western" in her acknowledgments and I think that's a great description. This is a little bit like Robin Hood meets Bonnie and Clyde.

Michal's a bookie, and she's a tough girl because of it. It's how she makes her money and earns her reputation. Her own rule is never to play the game herself. Always be the one watching, not betting. But then Josh moves to town and he convinces her to try her hand at the game and when things don't go well, they really don't go
Jan 13, 2012 rated it really liked it
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Wanted by Heidi Ayarbe was nothing like I thought it would be and everything that I wanted it to be. Wanted had interesting characters, a quick paced storyline, and was much deeper than I expected.

The initial summary of Wanted led me to believe it would be a little bit like Robin Hood. I definitely didn’t expect Wanted to be a portrayal of current issues facing all of us today – immigration, racism, poverty, etc. – in a high school
Dec 12, 2011 rated it it was amazing
In typical Heidi Ayarbe style, she takes a subject I know little about and makes me feel like I should be the voice for all the people who can’t or won’t speak up. I feel love for the characters whether you agree with their actions or not. I want to adopt every character in her books and cook them a home cooked meal (does picking up Boston Market or Chick-Fil-A count?). Ayarbe makes me feel for a character even when, as I generalize about that group, and in this case, bookies, I tend to disregar ...more
Apr 16, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Recommended to Vanessa by: won it on goodreads giveaways autographed =)
Looking forward to reading this book. It sounds great!
Update: just got my autographed copy in the mail today, so excited to finish it. Didn't have time to read much but I finished the first chapter.
Ok. So the book starts out with Michal (pronounced mee-kal) and Josh locked down, maybe in a store or something. But cops are surrounding the building and she feels she may be dead soon.
Then the first chapter describes how she takes bets and how she works her system. She meets Josh and takes his bet
Sep 17, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I LOVED the story. This is one of those stories that give readers a look into the real life dramas that surrounds us but often goes unnoticed. It doesn’t have to be an extreme case of living in a war torn country because there are individual wars that we deal with as well as the wars waged within our “first world nations” such as class, race and etc. It’s a young adult novel that is not only an entertaining read but a story that brings up questions such as the United States’ policy on immigratio ...more
Jul 14, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I LOVE Heidi's books and this one was no exception. With each book, I'm completely thrown back and immersed in the awkwardness of teen years. 'Wanted' was intense, dramatic and nail-bitingly gripping, but it was also filled with familiar experiences, yummy Mexican food, friendships and fun.
I ended the book (as usual) so thankful for my childhood and to not have grown up in one of Heidi's books!
Saying that, Wanted is definitely worth reading.
Here's my 6 word memoir:
Incredibly crafted, heart-wrenc
Mar 07, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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May 14, 2015 rated it really liked it
I loved it the ending is so OMG i cant believe it.
Kim Baccellia
Apr 22, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Amazing read.

YA Books Central Review coming soon!
Feb 28, 2014 rated it really liked it
Loved the book. Has a bit of a bitter sweet ending. The characters are awesome.
May 29, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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Jan 24, 2012 rated it it was amazing
4.5 stars
Heidi Ayarbe has done it again! A wonderful, dark contemporary read.
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