Wild and Crooked

Wild and Crooked Review

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 lingering anger of Samsboro's citizens, who refuse to forget the crime.

Gus Peake has never had the luxury of redefining himself. A Samsboro native, he's either known as the "disabled kid" because of his cerebral palsy, or as the kid whose dad was murdered. Gus just wants to be known as himself.

When Gus meets Kalyn, her frankness is refreshing, and they form a deep friendship. Until their families' pasts emerge. And when the accepted version of the truth is questioned, Kalyn and Gus are caught in the center of a national uproar. Can they break free from a legacy of inherited lies and chart their own paths forward?

Title:Wild and Crooked

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  • emma

    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 o...

  • megs_bookrack

    **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 mur...

  • Elise (TheBookishActress)

    ...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 actual...

  • ? Silvia ?

    A lesbian girl and a pan guy become friends is the book we need...

  • Melanie (TBR and Beyond)

    “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 re...

  • Vicky Who Reads

    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...

  • Shannon (It Starts At Midnight)

    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 wonderfull...

  • Alana ? thebookishchick

    "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 commentsEv...

  • Brittany Lamb

    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. In...

  • Nia ?ShadesOfPaper?

    Thank you Macmillan and Bloomsbury YA for the ARC...