Can’t Wait Wednesday: Wild and Crooked

Can’t-Wait Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Wishful Endings to spotlight and discuss the books we’re excited about that we have yet to read. Generally they’re books that have yet to be released. It’s based on Waiting on Wednesday, hosted by the fabulous Jill at Breaking the Spine.

Wild and Crooked by Leah Thomas


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?


This book is going to bring us a trifecta of goodness: so much diversity (disabled and pan MC while the other lead is lesbian); a beautiful cover; and an intriguing plot. This seems like it’s going to be dark and bring me so so many feels. I think I’ll just be swimming in emotions, and that is exactly what I am looking for.

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✔️ THIS BOOK IS MOANA APPROVED! Moana had a platonic friendship that was contentious…and did bring many feels. Maybe we’ll both be crying oceans of waters while we are in the feels?

What do you think? Is this on your book TBR as well? 

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6 thoughts on “Can’t Wait Wednesday: Wild and Crooked

  1. I’ve seen this book around a little bit but didn’t realize it has so much diverse rep, which is super cool to see! I hope you enjoy this one when you read it, I’m gonna have to add it to my TBR!

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