Pretty Crooked by Elisa Ludwig
"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 new 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 break into lockers and Beemers is as hard as she'd thought it would be. Delivering care packages to the scholarship girls, who are bullied just for being different, is more fun than she'd expected.
The complication Willa didn't expect, though, is Aidan Murphy, VP's most notorious 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 flirting, especially with conceited 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?"- summary from Amazon
This debut was really interesting and there were LOTS of secrets revealed throughout the course of the book. The concept was a great spin on the Robin Hood tale; watching Willa go through great lengths to help the less-fortunate at her school was fun and a bit scary though as things got more and more out of control.
I really got into the story and flew through it fairly quickly. It was interesting to see how Ludwig got Willa into and out of so many different situations, especially when they escalated to the point of not being able to get out of it. The ciimax was very realistic and Ludwig really made it hit home by showing that actions, even noble ones, have consequences.
Overall, an intriguing, original debut. I cannot wait to see what Ludwig does next, which I hear is a sequel to this so I'm excited to see where she'll take Willa from here.
FTC: Received e-galley from Netgalley. Link above is an Amazon Associate link; any profit goes toward funding contests.
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