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3.63  ·  Rating details ·  489 ratings  ·  78 reviews
"Wonder Twins" on the run--and running amok--in Vegas. Road Trip!
Paisley and Beau are boldface names again. Last time, paparazzi called them the "Wonder Twins," two kids found alone but alive in the woods of exotic New Jersey. Three days after their mom's death -- and before their dad's criminal misdeeds.

Flash-forward to now: Their so-called lives? Suck out loud: Hating o
Hardcover, 256 pages
Published July 1st 2011 by Chicken House (first published February 1st 2010)
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Mar 24, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition - For full ratings
I really didn’t know what to expect with this book. It’s not the sort of book l am always reading at the moment but l think l will always like to go back to these sort of books every now and then as l do enjoy them.
When l started to read this book l was very glad l pick it up from my pile of books. The 1st page of this book grabbed my attention straight away and l cannot see it failing to win any person over. What l loved most about the 1st page is how i
Jade Walker
Jul 02, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: rated-a
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While this book was published last year, I had never heard of it until I was browsing the Chicken House website and loved the cover, I was intrigued by the blurb as well, it sounded funny and cute but also packs a punch.

You know what this book reminds me of? Those emo Hello Kitty toys, the ones that are all cute and pink and adorable but when you look a bit deeper it's a little bit dark and disturbing. The storyline is fantastic; it's funny an
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Jan 27, 2013 rated it really liked it
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What a roller coaster ride of a book! The plot was amazing, and not only was it a cute and hilarious story, but it was balanced out with some serious truths about the lives of two troubled teens.

Paisley and Beau's lives are terrible. After finding their mother dead (after committing suicide) the twins wander into the woods looking for their father, and are lost for three days. After that they are under the care of their evil grandmother (their father is in jail)
Jan 04, 2013 rated it liked it
It was a different story...I am more of romance/paranormal/dystopian books and this one tells the story of two teenagers who are looking for their father, in their quest they have to do all sort of things, from putting themselves into danger to threatening other people with a gun. I felt very strongly for their past, being twins their bond seemed stronger than the average, sharing a very tough background was their unbreakable link.
I gave up on this book about half way through it.

I just dislike Paisley and her narrative.I don't like her as a person and so it was incredibly suffocating to be inside her head.She's so reckless and impulsive.Her actions make absolutely no sense to me.

Beau felt weak to me.It's almost like he have no thoughts of his own.He get drags around by Paisley and that's it,that's the entire plot of this book.

While this book was a refreshing read for me back in middle school(the era I only read chick lits
Debleena Pradhan Poddar
Good but unconventional.... loved the siblings love
Alyssa hoffmaster
May 03, 2011 rated it really liked it
Paisley and Beau are twins, they both have some pretty messed up lives, when they were 6 years old there dad up and left without telling them, later there mom told them that he had been put into jail and would stay there for 10 years.

There mom didn’t want anything to do with any of them, if they did something wrong their mom would lock down in the basement, or hit them. She said nasty things to them and never treated them right. I did feel really bad for the both of them, especially since they
Aug 22, 2010 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ya-crime
Originally posted on Once Upon a Bookcase.

When I picked up Pretty Bad Things, I was expecting something completely different to what I got. The blurb on the book is completely different to the description above, it barely skims the surface. Because they were going off looking for their Dad, I thought it might have been a road trip story. It's not. I got past that quite quickly, deciding to just read the book for what it is. However, unfortunately, I didn't really enjoy it.

This is not to say it's
Although this was actually the authors first release, I read it last and have to say this is easily my favourite of the three books she has so far. Paisley's attitude and the gritty story pulled me in immediately and I actually stayed up until 2:30am and read the whole book in one night, something I rarely do, the reading it in one sitting thing, I'm kept up late by books all the time! I just couldn't put it down and knew I wouldn't sleep if I didn't finish and find out how it ended, if they fou ...more
Oct 24, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ukya, uk-author
Words to describe pretty bad things: original, quirky, hilarious and generally quite fabulous. Yes that just about covers it.

I've been meaning to read this book for ages and I knew before even reading it I would like it because I loved CJ Skuse's humour and writing in Rockaholic and the premise of this one looked just as good.

Pretty bad things is the story of the wonder twins paisley and beau. They are a fab pair of characters to follow, Paisley to kick ass girl who isn't scared of no one and
Feb 28, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
My Review Posted:

I didn't really know what to expect from Pretty Bad Things. It didn't give away too much, I didn't get anything from the first two pages, BUT interesting? it certainly was.

I mean, I first saw the cover and I LOVED it. And then I realised my school library had it (except in the other cover, which I didn't like as much). I grabbed it before one of my friends could (I'm such a nice person right?) and went home and started reading it.
Apr 08, 2012 rated it it was amazing
If there’s one thing I can tell you about C.J. Skuse, it’s that she knows how to bring the funny. She did it with Rockoholic (which I freaking LOVED by the way) and she’s done it again with Pretty Bad Things. I should say at this point that although Pretty Bad Things was published in the UK a couple of years ago, it wasn’t until last year that I actually got round to reading a copy of the book (when it launched in the US). The story is definitely original and the writing is exceptional, mostly d ...more
Carrie Stewart
Jun 27, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: ya
When twins Paisley and Beau were children they became famous for being lost in the woods after going looking for their father. They were discovered three days later after being presumed dead. Known as the ‘Wonder Twins’, the public followed their story for a while, with their grandmother cashing in on the celebrity. Ten years later and Paisley has been shipped off to one boarding school after another, losing place after place due to her bad behaviour. Beau is at home with the grandmother, bullie ...more
I had no idea what this book was going to be about. After all, I received an ARC of this book through a giveaway by Christina Reads YA. Thank you!

The Plot- The Wonder Twins, aka Paisley and Beau (Who names their kids Beau?) find out that their father has been sending them letters from jail, from where he is staying, etc. for the past 10 years. AND THEIR GRANDMOTHER HAS BEEN HIDING THIS FROM THEM! Their grandmother, the "skank" in Paisley's eyes has always been annoying and mean, but that is the
Jenny / Wondrous Reads
When I first received a copy of Pretty Bad Things, I had no idea what to expect. All I knew was what I'd learnt from the cover: it was something to do with siblings, Vegas and a gun. Quite a random mix, eh? Pretty Bad Things does feature two twins, it's set in Las Vegas and, yes, a firearm enters the equation. In addition to this, it's also about sacrifice and love, and the lengths people will go to to be reunited with those closest to them.

C. J. Skuse's writing is among the best I've read in th
Feb 27, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Pretty Bad Things followed the story of the 'Wonder Twins', Beau and Paisley. It has been ten years since the ‘Wonder Twins’ last made their appearance in major headlines after being found alive and kicking, after they had been reported missing for three days. Now sixteen years-old, Beau and Paisley are still determined to find their dad, but now, everything's had changed. It turns out that their *evil* grandmother has been hiding letters from their dad, after having claimed that he doesn't care ...more
Sep 08, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: reviewd, arc-i-own
This book was crazy!! Imagine the worst part of you life pretty much starting after you're wondering around the woods for three days after you find your mother dead because she committed suicide. Then going to live with your freak show of a grandma who only keeps you around because you're her meal ticket and she's stealing all your money. Then she ships you off to boarding school because she can't handle you herself. Well, this is pretty much Paisley's life expect she has a twin brother who gran ...more
Jun 26, 2011 rated it it was ok
Shelves: ncbla
Told in alternating chapters between twins Beau and Paisley, this edgy novel may appeal to plenty of teens looking for a little something different. While I liked the premise and the siblings' love for their father, which is what prompts this road trip from Hollywood to Las Vegas, the behavior of the grandmother strained my patience and detracted from my enjoyment of the book. The last quarter of the book simply disappointed me after the book had started so well. The author's exploration of the ...more
Anya (An Awful Lot of Reading)
I didn't really know much going into it, apart from the normal expectations that comes with CJ's writing. What I found was a dual narrative between the twins as they ditched their botox-ed grandmother and went on the road to find their dad.

As I've come to expect from CJ's books, this was funny and touching at the same time, plus full of ridiculous dramatic acts of violence and arson. Yeah, that makes sense once you know Paisley's character. CJ did really well in writing completely opposing pers
Jul 04, 2011 rated it really liked it
Pretty Bad Things was a bit of a romp if ever I saw one! Or rather, read one... It follows the story of the Wonder Twins, Paisley and Beau as they try to scout out there homeless dad in Las Vegas, and it was such a ride! Just like C.J's second book, Rockoholic, it was funny, exciting and thoroughly enjoyable.

I really liked the characters, though I can see why Paisley would put some people off. She has a very strong personality, and has quite a filthy mouth, so if swearing is a problem for you, d
Pretty Bad Things is a quirky, funny and immensely entertaining.

Through dual narration, we get to hear from both Paisley and Beau, and you’d be hard-pushed to get two more opposing characters. Paisley is spiky, angry and hard for most of the novel – she’s one of those characters that you probably wouldn’t like in real life, but can’t help but love in a novel. She’s a little insane really and I can’t imagine how Beau put up with her. Beau on the other hand is very sweet and studious: the absolute
Jun 28, 2011 rated it liked it
Random thoughts...

After reading this book in a couple hours, I wish I had more to say than ehhhh… It was ehhh for me. I enjoyed the premise of the story. I thought we had enough back-story to see the anger in Paisley and the fear in Beau. It is really eye opening. I mean, what would you expect from kids who have lost both of their parents, one to death and one to prison, and whose grandmother is a raging psycho who wants to profit off their tragic story?
I admired their love for their father. In
Katy Noyes
Dec 22, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A teen crime/getaway thriller, very funny, with some slightly amoral characters who are good at heart but very enjoyable to watch causing mayhem.

This would make a great film - twins Paisley and Beau seem to live in a soap opera of a world where at the age of 6 they found their mother dead and survived in the woods for a few days after running scared. Ten years later, Beau is living with his money-skimming grandmother (the Skankmother), Paisley is trying to get herself expelled from another board
Diane Ferbrache
Twins Paisley and Beau were six years old when their mother died (suicide?) and they wandered away from their home, lost in the woods for two days. Their survival brought them notoriety and several million dollars in donations. Their father was in prison, so they ended up with their grandmother, a B-list soap star who really only wanted the twins for their fame and fortune. Beau becomes more compliant and docile as he grows up, but Paisley becomes a foulmouthed, wild child who is constantly bei ...more
Jennifer Monzon
Aug 01, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2011
I fell in love with this story from the beginning. The badass persona of the main character Paisley caught my attention from the get-go. She’s a troubled teen who’s life is going from school to school because she continues to get kicked out due to her “I don’t care” attitude. Paisley has been seeing a therapist ever since she found her mother dead and took off into the woods of New Jersey with her twin brother Beau. After three days lost in the woods, the “Wonder Twins” as the paparazzi called t ...more
Madigan Mirza
Jul 14, 2011 rated it it was ok
In a story that hints of Hansel and Gretel, twins Paisley and Beau Argent explain in alternating chapters how they came to be on a candy-strewn crime spree. After the death of their mother when they were six-years old, they were dubbed the "Wonder Twins" during the dramatic rescue which captured the interest of the nation. Now, foul-mouthed, impetuous, sarcastic sixteen-year old Pais is the perfect foil to her shy, obedient twin brother Beau. Their father has been in jail after stealing to suppo ...more
Aug 20, 2011 rated it really liked it
I won an ARC copy of this book when I participated in the contest of a fellow blogger Christina check out her site here: so thank you Christina because I have loved 2 of the 3 books I received (I haven't read the third one yet^^)

This book was fantastic, it was about a set of twins Paisley and Beau.

Paisley is a total bad-ass she's got the attitude and the bad language and the devil may care looks, although internaly she's just a vulnerable teen.

As for her tw
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My summary:
Sixteen year old twins Beau and Paisley Argent lost their mum years ago and their dad went to prison and after that they didn't hear from him. Since then they lived with a cruel and selfish grandmother who cares more for money than her grandchildren. Good old grandmother sent Paisley to boarding school(several actually) because she was to difficult to handle but Beau have always been a good little boy never causing any trouble.. That is until the day Beau figures out that their grandm
Jan 26, 2012 rated it really liked it
I fell in love with this story from the beginning. The badass persona of the main character Paisley caught my attention from the get-go. She’s a troubled teen who’s life is going from school to school because she continues to get kicked out due to her “I don’t care” attitude. Paisley has been seeing a therapist ever since she found her mother dead and took off into the woods of New Jersey with her twin brother Beau. After three days lost in the woods, the “Wonder Twins” as the paparazzi called t ...more
May 16, 2011 rated it it was ok
There were somethings about this novel I liked... and some things I just couldn't get over. Here's what I wasn't too fond of... The language. There is so much swearing in this novel. I'm okay with swearing, I hear swearing, I sometimes swear, but the profanities in this novel are excessive. It's like every other word is a swear or dirty slang. I liked how Paisley was a strong female, but she was a little too... insane for me. I just couldn't relate to any of the characters. Because of that, I fe ...more
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C.J. SKUSE is the author of the Young Adult novels PRETTY BAD THINGS, ROCKOHOLIC and DEAD ROMANTIC (Chicken House), MONSTER and THE DEVIANTS (Mira Ink). She was born in 1980 in Weston-super-Mare, England. She has First Class degrees in Creative Writing and Writing for Children and, aside from writing novels lectures in Writing for Young People at Bath Spa University. C.J. is currently working on a ...more
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