Pretty Bad Things
C.J. Skuse
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UK Price: £6.99
Format: Paperback
Age: 13+ & YA
Size: 198x129mm
Extent: 272pp
ISBN: 978-1-906427-25-2
Publication date: March 2010
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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 the woods after three days missing following their mother’s death – three days spent looking for their dad.

Now at 16, 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.

' ... a pacy car-chase of a read, with shoot-from-the-hip dialogue.'
Catherine Forde, Author
'There is an impressive filmic quality to the novel – you can literally see it rolling out before you as you read ... altogether a pretty damn good read.'
Dinah Hall, Telegraph
Winner of the Dumfries and Burgh Book Award 2011
' … slick, hip and anarchic ... this is fresh and effortlessly readable.'
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'It's so good, I'd even recommend it to people I don't like.'

Simpson fumbled getting the tape into the VCR. She was all, Which button is it? And I was like, How old are you and you can’t even work a

 "This book encompasses all my favourite things and was written as a metaphorical hug to all that I love about the world and a punch in the face to all that I hate."

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