Wild and Crooked

Wild and Crooked

Critically acclaimed author Leah Thomas blends a small-town setting with the secrets of a long-ago crime, in a compelling novel about breaking free from the past. In Samsboro, Kentucky, Kalyn Spence's name is inseparable from the brutal murder her father committed when he was a teenager. Forced to return to town, Kalyn must attend school under a pseudonym . . . or face the Critically acclaimed author Leah Thomas blends a small-town setting with the secrets of a long-ago crime, in a compell...

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Author:Leah Thomas
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Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:416 pages pages

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  • Jewel
    Jul 10, 2019
    Actual rating: 3.5 stars For me, the best part of this book was the touching friendship between Gus and Kalyn. Let me emphasize the word friendship. It was really refreshing to see a pansexual PWD character and a lesbian character as good friends, especially because that friendship ...
  • Laurie
    Jun 03, 2019
    Interest Level: YA Imagine that your dad is from a small town and is in jail for murdering the high school All-American jock. Now imagine that you and your mom have to move to this small town to take care of your grandmother who has fallen ill. You are going to have to go to the sam...
  • Laurie
    Jun 03, 2019
    Interest Level: YA Imagine that your dad is from a small town and is in jail for murdering the high school All-American jock. Now imagine that you and your mom have to move to this small town to take care of your grandmother who has fallen ill. You are going to have to go to the sam...
  • Lori
    May 21, 2019
    This book is definitely different and a little bit weird and the pacing didn't necessarily work for me but the characters are really what make it worth reading. There's some really great representation in the book and it's also not a romance. A friendship develops between the main two ...
  • Leah (Jane Speare)
    Dec 10, 2018
    This is not a love story. But it is a story full of love. Kalyn's father is in prison for murdering Gus?s own father decades ago in the rural town of "Shitsboro." This small town harbors deep rooted prejudices, and old disputes run strong. Equal parts laugh-out-loud funny and dead se...
  • Amanda Shepard (Between-the-Shelves)
    May 16, 2019
    Read my full review at between-the-shelves.com! I received an advanced copy of this to review from Bloomsbury, and it was so much more than I was expecting! There is so much representation in this book, from disability to sexuality. And there?s a friendship between a girl and a bo...
  • Trisha
    Apr 21, 2019
    Gosh, this is great. Quirky, different and full of interesting characters. But also sad. Review to come. ...
  • Sara (A Gingerly Review)
    May 14, 2019
    4.5 stars This story was everything I hoped it would be. I cannot wait to write my review but I need a couple of days to process my thoughts. ***HUGE Thanks to Bloomsbury for sending an ARC in exchange for my honest review.*** ------------ Full review can be found here: htt...
  • Emily
    Feb 20, 2019
    I've loved every single thing Leah Thomas has written and this was no exception. The characters were so real and complicated and their friendships were my favorite thing. The true crime/murder mystery-aspect kept me turning pages at all hours and I was sad to put this one down. ...
  • Marie
    May 18, 2019
    Wild and Crooked was a really good read overall, I loved the different point of views and how flawed, complex and human each character felt to me, too. I really liked the developing friendship between Kalyn and Gus, the no-romance, the underlying mystery and the complex family relation...
  • Heather
    Jun 08, 2019
    I had the opportunity to read an advance e-copy of Wild and Crooked that I received free from Bloomsbury USA Children's Books, through NetGalley. Here are my thoughts about it...all of which are my own opinions. :) If you're looking for a diverse book, with LGBTQ or disability repre...
  • Shannon (It Starts At Midnight)
    Jun 08, 2019
    You can find the full review and all the fancy and/or randomness that accompanies it at It Starts at Midnight . This book is an absolute can't-miss. That is it, you need to read it. It is so wonderfully quirky and completely full of heart. There is diversity bursting at the damn sea...
  • alana ♡
    Jul 02, 2019
    "Just because people only see thorns in us, just because for so long I couldn't see anything else, doesn't mean we've got no petals" tw: murder, lynching, mention of abortion, homophobic comments Even though this book took me a while to get through, thanks to my reading slump, ...
  • ⚔ Silvia ⚓
    Jan 04, 2018
    A lesbian girl and a pan guy become friends is the book we need ...
  • Phoebe Dyer
    Nov 11, 2018
    This is my first Leah Thomas book and now I need to go read her entire backlist. The writing, the story, the characters, SO GOOD! ...
  • Celia McMahon
    Apr 25, 2019
    Thank you to Bloomsbury for the chance to review this title ahead of its release date. WILD AND CROOKED, like the last book I read of Leah's WHEN LIGHT LEFT US, was stunning. I went in thinking one thing and getting another. I love books like that. It's like reaching into a Hallowe...
  • filming.pages
    Aug 18, 2019
    I'll start by saying that contemporaries aren't my cup of tea, so I was a bit reluctant when I started reading this one. Let me tell you, I loved it so much that I am so glad I eventually read it and I'm definitely going to read it again in the future! Two things I loved most about ...
  • Nia •ShadesOfPaper•
    May 14, 2019
    I was so excited to read Wild and Crooked because I?ve been hearing such amazing things about it, and the premise sounded like something I would totally enjoy. Unfortunately, this was one of those cases where the book just wasn?t for me, because I can see why people have liked it, ...
  • emma
    Apr 15, 2019
    I know they say don?t judge a book by its cover, but I think that if the cover looks like this one, and also the main characters are two completely platonic best friends, and one is a pan girl and one is a gay guy and the girl?s dad is in prison for murder and the guy has cerebral ...
  • Chelsea
    Apr 13, 2019
    This book is probably going to be great for certain readers, but the writing and humor style in this book did not mesh with me in the slightest. I also was not expecting such an integral mystery plotline in this book. This isn't necessarily bad, but I was hoping for more exploration...
  • Nancy
    Apr 04, 2019
    this takes place in my home state & is by one of my faaav authors. I?m down. ...
  • Cassandra (Thebookishcrypt)
    Jun 24, 2019
    4.5 stars! Review coming soon! ...
  • Melanie (TBR and Beyond)
    Apr 19, 2019
    ?He turns so freaking pink. Look, I?m pretty queer, but hell if blushing boys aren?t the cutest thing since frolicking kittens.? Did I just read a book with healthy sexual and disability representation and a completely platonic friendship between a female and male? Why y...
  • megs_bookrack
    Apr 04, 2019
    **4.5-stars** This is the story of a friendship. Kalyn Spence and Gus Peake. Two kids whose stories were tragically intertwined before they even knew each other. Kalyn's Dad is in prison, accused of murdering Gus's Dad. When Kalyn moves to Samsboro, into her paternal Gran...
  • Elise (TheBookishActress)
    Oct 28, 2017
    ...uh. this could be cool, but comparing a book starring a friendship between a guy and a girl to Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe seems kind of... did this blurb writer actually read Ari&Dante edit: NOPE Y'ALL THEY'RE BOTH QUEER WE GOOD WE GOOD WE GOOD ...
  • Vicky Who Reads
    Jun 01, 2019
    I loved this so much & Leah Thomas really did not disappoint with this!!!! Murder mystery and rural towns and not only queer teens, but (so many) QUEER ADULTS TOO. Discussions on poverty & small towns which I loved. Also, I've seen reviewers say stuff about pan rep and after...
  • Brittany Lamb
    Apr 24, 2019
    This was so different from what I expected it to be but in the best way possible. I don?t even want to mumble on about what the book is about, because you can clearly read that from the synopsis. Instead, I?m going to tell you what you don?t know just from reading the synopsis. ...
  • N (they/them)
    Jul 21, 2019
    4 stars TW: references to murder, poverty, lynching, mention of abortion, homophobic comments Rep: lesbian MC, questioning gay male MC with cerebral palsy & aphasia The Writing I don't really remember much about the writing to be honest with you. I thought Kalyn's voice c...
  • Kendall
    Jun 02, 2019
    Thank you to Bloomsbury YA and Netgalley for providing me with an ARC! This is one of those books that seemed to take so much longer to read than it should have. Small town dynamics are some of my favorite things to read about, but can sometimes drag along quite a bit, and unfor...
  • Sydney Evans
    Jun 28, 2019
    3.5 stars. This book started off very strong for me, but unfortunately I did not love this as much as I wanted to. The plot is what drew me in to this book, and Gus and Kaylyn are what kept me there. This is one of those rare times that I loved the plot in spite of the author's writi...