Pretty Little Liars meets Heist Society in this exciting and flirtatious book about a high school girl whose innocent game of Robin Hood spirals way out of control.
At first, Willa’s plan to take from the rich kids at Valley Prep and give to the poor ones seems easy. Her daredevil stunts are thrilling. And keeping secrets helps her play hard-to-get with Aidan Murphy, Prep’s most notorious bad boy. But when the cops start investigating and her friends begin to seek revenge, Willa realizes her walk on the wild side is just beginning.
Fans of Sarah Mlynowski, Ally Carter, and Sara Shepard will love the feisty heroine, clever heists, and playful romance in this series.
When 15-year-old Willa's mother, an artist, sells some paintings for major money, they move to Paradise Valley, Ariz., and are quickly absorbed into a privileged new life. Down-to-earth Willa is shocked by the displays of affluence at her new school, especially among the Glitterati three popular girls who bring her into their circle. Willa spends her mother's savings on designer clothes, but when she finds out that the Glitterati is behind a malicious blog making fun of "The Busteds" (kids who are bussed in from poorer neighborhoods), she seeks revenge by pickpocketing the rich and secretly buying gifts for the Busteds ("I wasn't just a thief.... I was an equalizer"). Meanwhile, she contends with her crush on a classmate and her mother's strange behavior. First in a planned trilogy, Ludwig's debut uses its familiar fish-out-of-water premise to take aim at classism and mean-girl bulling, with Willa's Robin Hood style behavior lending the story some freshness. A (potentially frustrating) cliffhanger ending suggests Willa's troubles will be far more serious in the next installment. Ages 13 up.