Robin in the Hood

Robin in the Hood

by Diane J. Reed


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“Is it any wonder I became a bank robber?”

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 lined up in her dad’s hospital room 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 magical romance that turns Robin’s whole 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 . . .

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ISBN-13: 9780984912933
Publisher: Bandits Ranch Books LLC
Publication date: 10/14/2012
Pages: 300
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.67(d)

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Robin in the Hood 4.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 14 reviews.
Bookworm_Babblings More than 1 year ago
I received a free copy of this novel in exchange for my honest review. Robin in the Hood is book one of the Robbins Hearts series; a wonderful young adult story of a teenage girl, Robin, being tossed from the lap of luxury into a life of poverty and crime. Robin McArthur is accustomed to her wealthy father's guilt gifts from neglecting their relationship. But when he suffers a heart attack, and his wife runs off with her lover, Robin's world gets turned upside down. Robin decides to run off with her father to Turtle Shores, where she's heard anyone that wants to disappear does. With the aid of the handsome teen Creek, Robin soon learns there's more to life than money, and that her father really did love her. This was a brilliantly written novel. It's fast paced, had me thoroughly engrossed, and had lots of humor. The characters were all quick witted, funny, and each very unique. Although there were some serious moments with Robin coming to terms with her true identity, there were equally hilarious moments. This was quite a fun, quick read about lost love, family, and most importantly, forgiveness. 
Fantasybkgirl More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
* I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. * Author Diane J. Reed is a new to me author, and I am so glad that we found each other!! I love her unique style of writing, her fun dialogues, her characters and the way in which she was able to transport me to the backwoods trailer park along with Robin, Robin's dad, the TNT twins, Creek, Granny and the rest of the fun and delightful characters.  She was able to take the reader on a true journey into her story and her book with no problems. While reading this story I was oblivious to the things around me in "real" life and just didn't want to stop reading at any point throughout the story. I needed to know what happened next!  The plot flowed so smoothly, the characters were so well written and the reader couldn't help but laugh at several of the things that happened throughout the story (think red jello pits & strainer hats).  This was a lighthearted story with a big meaning.  The author was able to show the reader how much having a family means, even if you aren't blood related, and Diane really showed the reader what love is. I become enthralled with the story, the characters and the make-shift community that author Diane Reed brought to us.  I couldn't get enough of the booby traps, the bombs, the war helmets, the romance, the love or even the stealth in which the "families" had to let each other know of trouble.  I loved how we were able to see Robin's character develop and become more mature as she realized what life was really about.  I can't wait to read more about her and Creek and the rest of their family.  This is a story that anyone can and will enjoy - the author's message is clear throughout the fun and laughs and that message is that no matter how much money you have, or how much you think you have that family comes first and is always the most important thing.   I look forward to reading the next 2 books in this series as well as some of the author's other books. I have added them all to my TBR list and highly recommend that you do the same, you don't want to miss out on this amazing journey!  These characters will have you thinking about them long after the story is finished and they will be more like friends & family by the time you finish.  You need to allot some time to read this one, because once you start reading, you won't want to stop!  I know that this is a journey that you will enjoy - 
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Robin McArthur thought she had her life all figured it out how she wanted, until her father Royle McArtur suffers from a stroke. Her life what she thought crumbles and she learns her father is in dept and they are broke. She loses her loyal BFF: cold, hard cash . To escape form all the debt collectors Robin decides to flee along with her father where no one could find them and end up in backwoods trailer park. When she decided to flee the hospital her journey started as an outlaw. I just loved the story it's beautiful. I loved all characters. I loved Robin's wits, she made me laugh. Her first bank robbing or should we say charity case. Her thinking is hilarious. Diane kept the character of Robin like a teenager and not exaggerate it. Robin's behavior and mind set were like they should be that's what connected with me. There robbery in Cincinnati kept me on edge. I was happy they got succeeded after the obstacles but it just went down the drain when they reached Turtle Shore which was sad. I felt the thrill of there every escapes and felt the emotion of Robin, I want to do the same things she wanted about the situations and let me feel what Robin felt which left me enjoying her journey and the story. And the fact I loved about the story that luck is actually with Robin from beginning when her robbery/charity case then her real robbery in Cincinnati about her knowing the vault code. Her birthday wish OMG! I was laughing out loud, when she found out her birthday date was also a lie till now. Dear Lord, I prayed from the bottom of my heart- I snuck a peek at my dad again, only to see him turn his face and study the ground. Please help us get enough money to save Brandi. And keep me away from sharp objects near my dad. Or else I swear to you, I'm gonna go straight to Hell for burying him.  She also found people in Turtle Shore who loved her no matter what and she found herself a family she craved for. They all took care of each other. Another fact I loved is main characters didn't deny their attractions for each other and just embraced it. They didn't deny what they felt which is sweet. Falling for someone can be easy, it doesn't always have to complicated with characters fighting their feelings. Loved Creek because he ain't afraid to love someone again after his heart being broken.  His personality is awesome, he taught her true wealth was found in people's hearts not in their pocketbooks , well not only his but Robin's also, her journey to grow responsible and Creek guiding her through her journey. To do anything for their loved ones and keep them happy and safe, even defying law, which is the main theme of the story. There's a little magic & outlaw in all of us, especially when it comes to finding true love  The writing is nice, is not fast nor slow the Author Diane just ease you into story and engulf you in the story. There is romance, adventure and the quirky characters, they will make you laugh. Loved everything! Great story!! and enjoyed reading, completed in one day. A must read book.
DiiMI More than 1 year ago
Can an emotionally neglected, self-centered little rich girl find happiness and purpose among a ragtag community of misfits who live “off the grid” of the “normal” world? Get ready for a unique trip into a world filled with humor, quirky characters, loyalty, trust, love and more secrets than you can divine in a crystal ball. Robin in the Hood by Diane J. Reed is another sparkly gem in the world of books that took me by surprise from page one! Robin is the clichéd little rich girl, from her elite credit cards to an exclusive boarding school, but what she needs is to feel loved. When her father’s carefully built empire comes crashing down and he suffers a stroke, suddenly they are on the run and all signs point toward Turtle Shores, a rundown trailer park filled with some of the most unique and crazy characters Robin has ever looked down her nose at. Then along comes Creek, a modern day Robin Hood who looks out for everyone in this unusual “family” and there is magic in their touch. As Robin learns to recognize what “family” means and sees how this group watches out for each other, she morphs from a tightly closed, cocoon into a shimmering butterfly, spreading its wings to help those around her. But are there secrets to be unveiled that will further rock her world? Will she learn more about the mother she hardly knew? What about her father’s past? Who is she? What is her destiny? Diane J. Reed has put her own magical stamp on this touching, yet fast-paced coming of age tale! If you don’t fall in love with the entire gang at Turtle Shores and the adventures and magic that permeates each page, you may need to check if you are breathing! Ms. Reed has set a high bar for herself to surpass with her sense of timing, her ability to bring her world to life and the overall feel of excitement and adventure that Robin in the Hood simply oozes from every well-planned twist. Need a fresh read that fills the need for romance, fantasy and good old-fashioned enjoyment? It’s all here!
Kawehi More than 1 year ago
#What a captivating and magical read! Definitely a timeless adventure filled with mystery, intrigue, enchantment, and life’s ever growing lessons!# Robin McArthur is a girl who on the outside seems like could want nothing more. She has looks, wealth, privilege, and status; everything a young woman could hope for. That is, in retrospect, to what she really and truly wants but lacks: love. But….what happens when that is all taken away from her? Left with no money and debt collectors knocking on her door, Robin and her dad go on the run and slowly by slowly Robin feels herself doing the unexpected to survive: lying, stealing, and deceiving to stay afloat. Now at a crossroads, fates steps in and she meets Creek, another lost soul with a criminal track but “a heart of gold.” Robin bonds with Creek and learns the importance of love, family, and that some of the most precious things in life can’t be measured in money. Which brings me back to… What about her major debt problem to clear up?  Well, once again, here’s where Creek steps in. Along with Robin, they stage a series of bank robberies and slowly gain back the money to put them in the green. Only, making up the money that is owed becomes just a part of the problem. When trouble comes lurking its way and Robin finds herself slipping only deeper into the insurmountable. Will she get caught?  Will Robin ever get the chance in regaining a “normal” life? Will her father’s past indiscretions be solved? And what about Creek? How will things turn out for the teen that’d been not so long ago on the wrong side of the tracks but not so different from her after all?  Read and you will find out!
ReadersFavorite More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Lorena Sanqui for Readers' Favorite Robin in the Hood by Diane J. Reed is about Robin, a girl who grew up in a privileged life and her adventures when all those benefits were taken away from her. Robin grew up rich and lonely but when her father had a stroke and she discovered that they were actually broke everything changed. She is poor but no longer lonely, with her new set of family. This is based loosely on Robin Hood and his tales of thievery. Robin along with Creek steals money from bad people to give to those in need in their trailer park. In the end, she figures out that she does not need all the riches in the world to be happy. I loved this book. The characters are quirky, fun and just really cute. I especially loved the TNT twins, imagining them in their boulder costumes. If this book is made into a movie I would definitely watch it. I loved all the thoughts that go on in Robin’s mind. It really showed how her character evolved from a spoiled, rich brat to a self actualized person. I also loved Creek: his loving and caring character. The way he protects everyone makes him a real hero, even if he does it in a not so legal way. Everyone else is also adorable, Grandma Tinker and her crystal ball, Colonel and his fleet of geese, the TNT twins and all their fireworks and everyone else. Overall the story is great and the characters are well-developed.
rockygirl1 More than 1 year ago
I loved this one.  The characters, the story, everything.  This book was one of those rare  books that you read and just fall in love with! Robin goes from the rich girl who has everything to the girl who is robbing banks to get by. She is a great character and so much fun to follow. The story about her robbing banks, while not new, is definitely fun and different. And then there is Creek.  Boy oh boy! The sparks that fly with Creek are amazing! Creek is tough and gorgeous and has a big heart. He is an incredible boyfriend and does so much for Robin and her family.
DelSheree More than 1 year ago
Robin has had her entire life pulled out from under her. Not only is her father looking at jail time for embezzlement, but he's also just had a heart attack and all their money is gone. The loss of her step mother is more relief than anything, but Robin is about to learn the truth about her father's past as well as her own when she falls in with a group of misfits hiding out in the wilds.  While I was not a fan of the title of this book because it was a bit cliche for my tastes, I did enjoy the twist on the classic story. Switching from a male Robin, to a teenage female version was a fun way to change up this well known folk story. Robin starts out as a pampered teen wasting away at boarding school while her father barely seems aware of her existence. That all changes when her fathers suffers a heart attack and becomes suspected of embezzlement. When their assets are frozen and Robin is faced with foster care she makes the only choice she can ... run.  Robin was a fun character to read. She is a bit erratic and high strung, but she is a teenage girl, so it fit pretty well. I enjoyed watching her try to adjust to life in a trailer park where all the residents seem to be skirting the law for one reason or another. She is forced to learn to trust and rely on others while actually helping someone other than herself. Despite Robin's prissiness, she wasn't overdramatic like I feared she might be. Her transformation from debutante to bank robber was well done.  Creek was another good character. At first he appears to be a bad boy, and while that is undoubtedly attractive to Robin, she quickly learns that there is much more to Creek than she originally expected. Creek doesn't go through as much development as Robin because he has already been living this life, but he does change in regards to his willingness to open up and include Robin in his life. There relationship overall takes its time developing but there are certainly moments that are more intense as they explore their desires. Having said that, the romance was clean and I would be comfortable recommending it to my nieces.  There is some language, however. For the most part it wasn't terribly heavy, but at times I did find it unnecessary. The F word is used several times and it seemed very out of character for Robin and I think it would have been better without it. Aside from that, this was a fun read that I think would be a good addition to many YA bookshelves. 
OncerBrie823 More than 1 year ago
I have both the digital copy and paperback copy of this book. I can honestly say it is one of the best books I've ever read. It's a fast-paced, romantic, bank-robbing, magical adventure I couldn't put down. The characters are written with such charm and heart that when you are finished reading you feel as if you know them. This book has stayed in my heart since I first read it and I'm sure it will touch your heart as well. 
Kissablysweetone More than 1 year ago
 Robin is from a very wealthy family and is attending a private school.  One day her world falls apart and she has to adjust to a whole new way of living and doing things.  Now she's the bread winner and the only person taking care of her dad.  Being in control of their destiny isn't exactly all she thought it would be.  Her father is still the quiet man he's always been even though she needs him to open up.  Robin then meets Creek and nothing will ever be the same again.       First let me say this book is dear to my heart for a very special reason. The setting is my hometown area. It was wonderful to drift through areas and in places I haven't been in years.  The story is well written and the characters identifiable.  You'll love that everything isn't all peaches and cream.  It has a terrific plot to set up a series of these books.  I'd love to see that happen.      I found no issues here.      I gave this one 5 cheers out of 5 because it was fast-paced and  an easy read.  ~Copy of book provided by author in exchange for a fair review~ 
AthenaGrayson More than 1 year ago
Diane J. Reed's foray into YA had me chuckling from the start. "Robin In The Hood" starts out with an over-the-top premise--when her father suffers a stroke and loses all his money simultaneously, a spoiled rich girl turns to robbing banks to make ends meet--after the first chapter, I knew I had to find out how the author would pull this off, and Reed does not disappoint. What starts out as a wacky caper takes a turn for the quirkier when Robin lands at the deadest of dead-ends, Turtle Shores. But at the same time you're laughing out loud at the quirky denizens of the last chance of trailer parks, Reed sneaks in and plucks your heartstrings by taking what could be caricatures and turning them into real, engaging, and sympathetic people who've made a community out of the principle that having a whole lotta nothin' together just might be worth something. Robin does some growing up as she learns this dead-end trailer park has a deep connection with her wealthy father's past, and the secrets he's kept from her and the world. As she learns to look beyond the sheltered, yet cynical world of rich prep-school girl and see the depth and humanity in others, she also finds connection with Creek, the hunky troublemaker with a heart of gold. Their romance is sweet, and what makes Creek compelling (to both Robin and the reader), is that he comes off as a Real Boy(TM) as opposed to a more mature male in a teenager's body. If I had to sum up this book in two words, I'd say "Profound Fun" because it's a *fun* book to read--the antics of the quirky characters are a riot, and Robin's circumstances are the kind of wacky rom-com misadventures that just make you feel bubble-happy inside. But at the same time, the laughter fades and reveals an achingly sweet, hopeful, and humane story that's a rich treat that will stick with you long after you close the book. The candy shell makes the inner filling all the more complex and rich. I have this book as both print and digital, and the print book is of good quality and has a nice heft to it--also, the cover is gorgeous! I found no technical flaws in the digital copy and I can't remember noting a single typo. As with Reed's other books, there's an aura of magic threading through--not paranormal, but that magic that comes from hope, and believing that sometimes things happen for a reason, and that just maybe, there's someone looking out for you...through binoculars, in a deer blind, with Attack Geese ready to strike. ;D
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Best YA book since THE HUNGER GAMES This book is filled with well defined characters that you can't help but love! Each one is so vivid and real! The setting is also so imaginative and, as a reader, I wanted to be right there with Granny Tinker, Brandi and Robin and the description of Lorraine's cooking drove me to the fridge. If it says anything, I read this book  in a day, stopping only to eat, etc...I couldn't put it down. As an avid reader and a writer myself, I loved this book and would recommend it to young adults and adults alike. The flow of the storyline, the conflicts and the many bits of mayhem including explosions, jello and geese will make any reader not want to leave the world of Robin---in the Hood. A total success of a YA book. Congrats to Diane Reed for capturing my attention  and not wanting to leave Bender Lake. What a great read!
JennetteMariePowell More than 1 year ago
This is one of the most delightfully quirky stories I've read in ages! Robin is a typical rich girl raised by absentee parents - or so she thinks - until her stepmom splits, and her dad has a stroke. Dad's broke and everyone's after him so what else to do but spirit him out of the hospital, steal a car, and rob a bank? Only Robin can't even do that right - when she demands money, the teller says she's the "person in need" she's been praying for, and hands Robin a basket full of cash! It's there that Robin meets Creek, a mysterious boy whose angelic appearance and manners belie his rednecky appearance. No time for romance though - Robin needs a place to hide with her dad, and the only place she knows to go, she's only heard about: Bender Lake, where no one asks questions. But the lake community is also not what Robin expected. It's a run-down trailer park populated by the oddest people Robin's ever seen. From the brash, exuberant Brandi to a prophetic grandma to the TNT twins whose traps rival Wile E. Coyote's (only they work), the colorful, quirky cast of the Turtle Shores trailer park is what really makes this story special. As Robin begins a sweet romance and a life of crime with Creek - who also lives at Turtle Shores - she learns to respect people who are very different than her and gains acceptance and friendships like she never knew at her exclusive, private school. She also learns what's really important in life as she makes some startling discoveries about her her father, her background, and herself. Despite its seemingly dark undercurrent of crime, Robin in the Hood is a book that will make you smile, with unforgettable characters and a story you'll remember long after you close the book. Highly recommended!