Pretty Bad Things

Pretty Bad Things

By Author / Illustrator

C.J. Skuse


Real life

Age range(s)



Chicken House Ltd




Paperback / softback




SIXTEEN-YEAR OLD TWINS IN CANDY-STORE CRIME SPREE! 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 woods after three days missing following their mother's death - three days spent looking for their dad. Now at sixteen, 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.


Rosie - Age 13

I personally loved this book. Whilst it is quite grown up with lots of sexual references and a swear word on nearly every page it has a lot of character and you cannot put it down. The story is constantly gripping and you can really feel everything beau and paisley are portrayed to be feeling. I love the way it is written with each chapter alternating between beau's and paisley's diary. This is very much a young adult book as it has a huge amount of swearing but I personally think it is an important part of getting across The twins thoughts. If you love diaries or books with lots of action then this is for you.

Suggested Reading Age 11+


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