Friday, October 1, 2010
Elisa Ludwig: PRETTY CROOKED
BIO: Elisa Ludwig studied writing at Vassar College and Temple University before embarking on a career in freelance writing, and now YA fiction. She lives in Philadelphia with her husband Jesse and cat Beau a.k.a. Bread.
DEBUT: PRETTY CROOKED (Katherine Tegen/HarperCollins, March 13, 2012)
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 ultra-exclusive 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 pick pockets and break into lockers is as difficult as she’d thought it’d be. Delivering care packages to the scholarship girls, who are ostracized just for being from the “wrong” side of town, is way more fun than she’d expected.
The complication Willa didn’t expect, though, is Aidan Murphy, Valley Prep’s most notorious (and gorgeous) 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 crushes and flirting with boys, especially conceited and obnoxious 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?
FIVE BEST WAYS TO SPEND THE APOCALYPSE: kissing, eating Nutella with a spoon, watching Mitchell and Webb’s The Event, reading anything by Kurt Vonnegut, dancing to Fishbone’s “Party at Ground Zero” on repeat.