While this book was published last year, I had never heard of it until I was browsing the Chicken House website and loved the cover, I was intrigued by the blurb as well, it sounded funny and cute but also packs a punch.
You know what this book reminds me of? Those emo Hello Kitty toys, the ones that are all cute and pink and adorable but when you look a bit deeper it's a little bit dark and disturbing. The storyline is fantastic; it's funny and clever and has a very cute story but there are underlying truths there that add a tone a seriousness in there. I also loved how creative this story was, despite the book being contemporary, the pot is very crazy and not realistic, which isn't a problem because it makes it a whole lot more entertaining. Though this book is quite dark in some places, the perfect mix of the fun and the edgy level it out perfectly.
The characters are great, I loved Paisley, who was so cool and street-wise and despite going a bit off-the-rails she's also a very likeable character, while I didnt necessarily agree with the things she did I could see why. Paisley's brother, Beau is also a very likeable character who we see develop throughout the story from a shy, introverted boy to someone much more awesome and brave. The way these two behaved was also very believable and I loved the character dynamics. I do wish their grandmother had been developed a little more as then I'd find her actions and motivations easier to understand.
All in all, Pretty Bad Things is an enjoyable and witty read with fantastic story. I'm almost considering holding a 'Pretty Bad Things' party to get the word out because, really, this book really needs to be read!
Please note: This book does include quite a bit of swearing and some more mature themes.
Stand alone/series: Stand alone