Story: 15-year-old Robin McArthur thinks she has it all figured out when it comes to bilking her wealthy dad for guilt money as a substitute for his genuine affection. Until one day he suffers a stroke, and she learns the brutal truth. They’re broke. And everyone from bankers to bookies has come to collect. His only saving grace is what he reveals to Robin in between drools: He truly does love her, in spite of all his mistakes. 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. There, she encounters Creek, a local bad boy who also commits crimes to provide for their motley neighbors. Realizing she could use Creek’s help, Robin proposes an ingenious plan—they should team up to rob banks together. But when their partnership leads to a romance that turns Robin’s world upside down, she soon begins to discover that people are more precious than pocketbooks, and real love means opening your heart to the kinds of treasures money can’t buy.
Our rating: 5 out of 5 stealing stars
Review: We are all standing up and applauding Robin. She has to be one of the most fun characters we have had the pleasure of meeting.She has so much spunk you can’t help loving her. We love that even though she seems to be strong and witty, she still acts like a fifteen year old. Oh, and there’s Creek. A bad boy with mushy side that’s exactly the type of guy we love. We enjoyed the connection between Robin and Creek. Yes they both do rob ATMs, banks, and other places but under the circumstances you learn to forgive them. We really had fun reading about all the ways they come up with to do the robberies, even the ones that don’t workout. Diane does an amazing job describing each scene, you begin to believe you are in Turtle Shores. We had fun reading about the trailer park and all it’s residents. A place where Robin never thought she would end up at, which teaches her about love and what family is all about. Robin uncovers some family secretes and her connection to the trailer park. Diane is a wonderful writer and knows exactly how to keep the reader turning the pages. This book is so much fun to read. It will make you laugh out loud and win your heart over.
So sit in your favorite spot and read Robin in the Hood.