Friday, April 02, 2010

REVIEW: Pretty Bad Things by CJ Skuse

Pretty Bad Things by CJ Skuse
Pages: 272
Publisher: Chicken House
Publication Date: 1st March 2010

From Amazon

Twins, Paisley and Beau Argent are in the headlines again. Last time, they were the 'wonder twins', when, as six-year-olds, they were found alive in woods after three days missing following their mother’s death – three days spent looking for their dad.
Now at sixteen, life’s not so wonderful. Cast out and exploited by their money-grabbing grandmother, they’re still clueless about their dad’s whereabouts. Until they discover an old letter from him.
That’s when they decide to hit the road – and make headlines again. Holding up fast-food joints in Las Vegas might seem extreme but if they can get on the news, and tell their dad they need him, they might just get the dream reunion they never thought could happen.
Billed as a darkly-comic ‘Tarantino for teens’ – this is a fast, fearless and funny first novel from C.J. Skuse.

Pretty Bad Things followed the story of the 'Wonder Twins', Beau and Paisley. It has been ten years since the ‘Wonder Twins’ last made their appearance in major headlines after being found alive and kicking, after they had been reported missing for three days. Now sixteen years-old, Beau and Paisley are still determined to find their dad, but now, everything's had changed. It turns out that their *evil* grandmother has been hiding letters from their dad, after having claimed that he doesn't care about them, he hasn't even tried to send a letter! Having read the letters, the two have a loose image about their dad’s whereabouts, and they escape from their grandmother and begin an adventure to find their dad. Paisley and Beau are prepared to have nothing standing in their way on their quest to Las Vegas, to bring their dad home. Hey, they didn't say they wouldn't do anything to bring him back: an invigorating chase full of robberies, candy stores and lots of doughnuts!

Lively characters here; Paisley is a wild child. I liked how she was so gutsy- always doing the things Beau would never dare to do, there was a nice contrast with them, Beau being the ore sensitive, steady one, whereas Paisley is just something else. Her actions could make a huge impact on the world.
While the twins mask in their fame, their insane plan becomes more and more noticed with them resulting in hundreds of dedicated fans, forums set up on their own behalf, could it get any more crazier?!

Pretty Bad Things is a thrilling novel written by C. J. Skuse. When I first saw it on the Chicken House website, I was hooked, but I wasn't sure if I'd actually like it, becuase it's not the usual type of book I read. But I'm glad I did becuase I loved all the extreme things Paisley and Beau did, I really admired their courage and perseverance, their bold actions that spoke louder than words - you HAVE TO READ THIS!

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Read an extract: Chapter 1



  1. Fab review! I'm glad you liked this one. I was the same as you - I wasn't sure it was for me, but once I started it I thought it was amazing. I hope it does really well.

  2. Haven't heard of this one but it sounds good. Thanks for the review!


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