Pretty Crooked Elisa Ludwig Book Review

You ever read a book with a premise and think to yourself this can’t end well and then find your attention luridly glued to it because — who doesn’t love a train wreck? Pretty Crooked by Elisa Ludwig is totally one of those books. The whole time reading, I had a sort of cringe on my face, yet I could NOT look away. Y’all, I was seriously amused by main character Willa’s train wreck.

Pretty Crooked Elisa Ludwig Book Cover

Pretty Crooked

Willa and her artist mom have moved around a lot. This time after making it big with a few painting sales, Willa’s mom moves them to Paradise Valley, Arizona and enrolls Willa at posh Valley Prep. She’s a little out of her league, but by luck falls in with the popular crowed, also called the Glitterati. Y’all the Glitterati suck and run a site much like Juicy Campus. They make fun of scholarship students which totally gets my goat. Willa decides this is stupid and takes it into her head to steal from her rich friends and give to the poor kids.

Worst.Idea.Ever. I mean, she’s got the best of intentions, but any semi-rational person will be able to understand why this scheme isn’t brilliant. And YOU GUYS, I just kept turning pages in anticipation of the eventual crash and burn despite being hopeful that maybe things would work out for the best.

I didn’t mind Willa as a character because she has a good heart. Granted, she is a little free spirited for me, but I did not want to see or fail because sometimes, at least in the case of Pretty Crooked, I thought that awful Glitterati got what it deserved. And I suppose that makes me an awful person, but I just LOVE it when people get their just deserts.

Pretty Crooked will appear to the sort of reader who enjoys hijinks and doesn’t suffer from major book anxiety, because y’all there’s anxiety aplenty and I would not want you to get a heart attack or anything. I liked Pretty Crooked by Elisa Ludwig well enough, it was a good BEA is over, read a nice light fun book sort of read. If that is what you are looking for in  your next read, definitely check this one out.

Disclosure: Received for review via Lit Logistics Blog Tour.

Other reviews of Pretty Crooked by Elisa Ludwig:

Mundie Moms – “a fun, fast paced read

Hobbitsies – “a fun heist book with an awesome protagonist

Fiction Folio – “I knew that we were in for some snarky teenage drama, and snarky drama we had
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About April (Books&Wine)

April is in her 30s and created Good Books And Good Wine. She works for a non-profit. April always has a book on hand. In her free time she can be found binge watching The Office with her husband and toddler, spending way too much time on Pinterest or exploring her neighborhood.


  1. I had so much fun with this book. I loved that the mean girls got what they deserved!

  2. I’ve seen this reviewed a few times, now, and everyone has good things to say about it, so I’ll TBR it. Btw, enjoying seeing nasty people get their just desserts does not make you awful! Justice is justice is justice in my book. Uh, no pun intended. Thanks for the review. 🙂

  3. This one sounds like fun. I’ll have to put it on my “when you need a just for fun read” list 🙂

  4. I forgot I wrote that quote until I saw it here 🙂 (thanks for the shoutout btw). I can’t wait to read Pretty Sly and see some more dramarama!

  5. Great review! Thank you so much for linking to my review!

  6. This premise got a grin out of me. Yeah, love the idea, but I would be concerned that this girl would get caught!

  7. I think this sounds like a fun book! Thanks!

  8. Thank you for the international giveaway!!!

  9. Thank you for making it international <3

  10. You had me at hijinks…or train wreck…either way, thanks!

  11. This review made me laugh… and want to read this even more!

  12. I get major book anxiety XD You should have seen me through the Hunger Games. It was like I was running a marathon.


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