Welcome to our stop on Pretty Wanted tour for Elisa Ludwig. This tour is hosted by The Fantastic Flying Book Club Tours.
Pretty Crooked #3
Author: Elisa Ludwig
Reading Level: Young Adult
Released: March 17th 2015
Review Source: Katherine Tegen Books
Willa’s string of good-hearted but ill-conceived thefts at her former high school catapulted her into a life she hardly knows. She became a cult hero, but soon afterward, her mom disappeared, leaving only a cryptic message. When Willa hit the California highway to find her, she discovered a dark family secret: Joanne Fox is not who she says she is-and neither is Willa. Now, Willa and fellow trouble-maker Aidan must race to St. Louis, Missouri, Willa’s birthplace. There, they hope to find answers about Willa’s past. But uncovering the truth requires solving a decades-old murder case.
Unfortunately, the perps are still out there . . . and willing to do whatever it takes to keep the case cold. With Willa’s face on the nightly news and the police hot on her trail, it might not matter that Aidan and her friend Tre are there to help. Willa’s only hope is to find the truth before it finds her first.
The PRETTY CROOKED series was inspired by the real-life exploits of Colton Harris Moore, aka the Barefoot Bandit, a teen outlaw who was known for breaking and entering and stealing everything from cake to planes before he was apprehended.
I was fascinated by the idea of a self-educated teen who could pull off such daring feats, and I wanted to know more about what could drive an ordinarily law-abiding person into this behavior. Thus Willa Fox was born.
I also wanted to give my own story a benevolent twist so that Willa was doing the wrong things for what she believed to be the right reasons. So Willa’s crime is stealing from the rich bullies to avenge their cruelty toward the scholarship kids.
As the book evolved into three books, of course, Willa’s Robin Hood scheme was only the beginning. When she finds herself embroiled in the mystery of her mother and a long-ago murder, she relies on her thieving techniques mainly to survive on the road, but also to uncover the truth. For Willa, this temporary criminal life is a journey to learning about herself, her own ideas of morality and what matters most to her.
Also? Those stealing scenes were incredibly fun to write.
Win (1) of (3) signed copies of Pretty Wanted by Elisa Ludwig (US Only)