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Reviewed by Grace Soledad

After their mother died of a drug overdose, the “Wonder Twins” Paisley and Beau were found wandering the forest, miraculously alive after three days alone. Their father was arrested; their grandmother began stealing money donated to them after the world heard of their plight.

Now, the twins are sixteen and separated by their grandmother. After Beau finds a stash of hidden letters from their father, he contacts Paisley. They reunite to embark on a wild goose chase around Vegas to find their father. In attempts to get his attention, they begin to steal, creating a stir everywhere as people come to see the “Wonder Twins” in a new light. But the question weighing on their minds is: will attracting everybody’s attention actually lead them to their father?

I’m a twin, so I love reading other books about twins. After reading the back of Pretty Bad Things, I was instantly drawn to the story. It sounded hilarious and bizarre – a great combination.

The emphasis on fame was interesting to read about. It brought up questions about doing bad things for good reasons. I couldn’t decide whether I liked Paisley or not because she was so determined, but sometimes she was incredibly rude to the people she encountered. Her and Beau’s relationship was interesting and I laughed when the therapist started asking about twins. Those questions aren’t really ones that any twin can answer because we don’t know what it’s like not being a twin.

The delicious backdrop of Vegas was entertaining and there was so much opportunity for deviation and plot twists. The descriptions are elaborate and glamorous and dirty. Although it’s not for me, Pretty Bad Things did a great job of explaining the attraction so many people have to this city.

One aspect of the story that I scoffed at was the idea behind the twins finding their father. Sure, it made for a clever and entertaining story, but I just found the plot a little ridiculous. Where were Paisley’s morals?! She was pretty one-sided in her views of the world.

All in all, Pretty Bad Things is riveting and entertaining, and a perfect road trip book for anybody who enjoys a fun read.

Recommended for anybody who loved Beauty QueensTwo-way StreetBonnie and Clyde or Stealing Heaven.

Rating: 3/5

Grace Soledad is a teenage bibliophile who runs the blog Words Like Silver. She is described as “antisocial” because she constantly has her nose buried in a book or a notebook. When not reading, she can be found dancing, writing, or at the beach. She wants to become an author someday and is incredibly passionate about books, and holds several reading awards.

Review copy was provided free of any obligation by The Chicken House Books. No monetary or any other form of compensation was received.