Monday, July 15, 2013

Review #1583 Pretty Crooked by Elisa Ludwig

Review: #1581
Book: Pretty Crooked
Author: Elisa Ludwig
Rating: zero stars (out of four)
Release date: Mar. 13, 2012
Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books
Pages: 368
Source: ALA 2012

From the get-go, Pretty Crooked looked like it’d be an Ally Carter type book and for that reason I was intrigued. But it largely paled in comparison. The characters didn’t feel fleshed out and by the time I got to the end I was really, really, REALLY ANNOYED with how things were resolved. It felt the whole story had been meaningless. It bugs me when people do illegal things and then have basically no consequences. I read the entire book hoping it wouldn’t end badly, but I still had this sinking suspicion I wasn’t going to like it. The value system for Willa’s motive and aspirations seemed kinda petty and superficial. She didn’t seem capable of making good choices and I could only shake my head at her decision-making through out. I didn't understand where she was coming from and I thought most of her actions were faulty. And that ending. SO FRUSTRATING. Not something I’d recommend.

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