Foxfire

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When I bought it, I didn't know there was a movie based on it already, or I wouldn't have bought it. I usually don't like books that can be made into movies. I really didn't think I'd like this book, but I did. It's about five girls from New York who form a gang against just about everything. "Legs" Sadovsky is the leader, but after she's put into a juvenile prison called Red Bank after she steals a car and crashes, almost killing all of them. Maddy Wirtz becomes the leader while she's there. Legs is finally released and feels threatened by Maddy and her new role in the gang.

They decide that they're sick of living with their parents and having to deal with their rules. Eventually they raise enough money to buy a dilapidated house on the outskirts of town, but money's tight. Legs has a plan to fix their money problems forever, but it's risky.

In the planning of it, many members leave the gang. Legs decides that they're going to kidnap local millionaire, Mr. Kellogg. The follow Mr. Kellogg, which they call WJK, to a parking lot, force him out of his car and into the truck. Once they get him back to the Foxfire house, they tie him up in the basement and blindfold him. The plan was going fine until they asked for the ransom money, which was $1 million. WJK refused to talk to his wife over the phone and she refused to pay unless she knew he was still alive. Violet, the newest to the gang, lost her temper one night and shot him in the chest. They called an ambulance and fled the house. The remaining member of the gang (which was Legs, Violet, and Goldie by the time this happened.) separated and weren't heard from again.

Several years later, Maddy and Rita were visiting each other. Rita showed Maddy a newspaper that she had never showed anyone before. In it, a picture of Legs (so they assume) standing behind Fidel Castro. Maddy never talked to the other members of Foxfire again.