Book: Robin in the Hood
Author: Diane J. Reed
Publisher: Bandits Ranch
Rating: 5 Stars
Level: Young Adult
Source: Paperback review copy
Summary from Goodreads:
"Is it any wonder I became a bank robber?" But she never dreamed she'd fall in love . . . Wealthy high school student Robin McArthur thinks she has it all figured out when it comes to bilking her work-a-holic dad for guilt money as a substitute for his genuine affection. Until one day he suffers a stroke at his law office, and she learns the brutal truth- They're broke. Her stepmom has skipped the country. And everyone from bankers to bookies has lined up in her dad's hospital room to collect on the millions he's racked up in debt. Panicked and desperate, Robin figures she has two choices: either surrender to the pestering caseworker and live in a skanky foster home, or take a chance and sneak her dad out of the hospital to make a run for it. Little does she know that stealing a car and hitting the road means that before the day is through, she will rob her first bank. Now an outlaw, Robin finds a backwoods trailer park to hide her dad from authorities where she encounters Creek, a bad-boy in crime who first steals her money and then steals her heart. The two of them embark on a round of increasingly dangerous heists to provide for their motley trailer park neighbors. But what Robin hadn't counted on is the way these hardscrabble people begin to embrace her and become the first real family she's ever known. And along the way, worldly-wise Creek teaches her how to develop a genuine relationship with her dad based on the hard truths of their lives instead of his past lies. As Robin and Creek's criminal journey forces them to make gut-wrenching choices, they soon begin to discover that people are more precious than pocketbooks, and true love means opening your heart to the kinds of treasures money can't buy.
Robin In The Hood really surprised me. When I was asked to review it I thought alright it sounds good. Well it was better than good, it totally blew me away. I haven’t read a book that I enjoyed reading so much in a while. I read it in a short time and didn’t want to put it down.
Robin is living in all girls’ boarding school where everyone is rich and fake. Her father is a wealthy lawyer who only cares about making money and having the finer things in life. Living a life of luxury, maids and nannies is all Robin has known her entire life.
That is until her dad suffers a stroke and their world comes tumbling down. Robin is shocked to find out that her family is broke. People are after her dad for money he owes. When Robin sees a chance at the hospital to get her dad out and make a run for it that is what she does. She steals a car and tries to rob a bank but all does not go as she planned. They end up at Turtle Shores trailer park. It’s here that she meets some really odd, loving, country people. Robin thinks that they are just a bunch of crazy white trailer trash. Somewhere that they can hide until she can figure out what to do next. She has no idea the truth that she will uncover about her family’s history.
I fell in love with Creek as soon as he made an appearance. He is this gorgeous, bad boy outlaw, a kind of person that Robin has never come into contact with. At first she doesn’t like him and doesn’t really want to be around him. That is until something happens and she sees how protective he is of his little brother Dooley. I loved the story of Robin, who went from riches to rags.
I found myself laughing at all the crazy wild things that went on and was said at Turtle Shores. I also really enjoyed how Robin and Creek’s relationship developed. The way that he made her see how you can love people and be truly happy with pretty much nothing. The way that she overcame her feelings and anger towards her dad made me happy for them.
While there are some sad situations that are going on there is so much humor, romance, action and suspense that you will keep you glued to this story. Oh and can’t forget about those crazy TNT boys and their explosives. Just some of the colorful characters in this amazingly written story. The situations that Robin and Creek find themselves in while trying to get money will have you laughing too.
This is a must read that I highly recommend! I need to get the other books in this series soon. This book was provided to me by the author for review. This did not affect my review in any way.