Smash & Grab
By: Amy Christine Parker
Publisher: Random House Books for Young Readers
Publication Date: July 19th, 2016
Ocean’s Eleven meets the star-crossed lovers of West Side Story.Grab some popcorn and get ready for an adrenaline-filled heist!
LEXI is a rich girl who loves a good rush. Whether it’s motorcycle racing or BASE jumping off a building in downtown Los Angeles, the only times she feels alive are when she and her friends are executing one of their dares. After her father’s arrest, Lexi doesn’t think twice about going undercover at his bank to steal the evidence that might clear his name. She enlists her hacker brother and her daredevil friends to plan a clever heist.
CHRISTIAN is a boy from the wrong side of the tracks. The local gang has blackmailed him and his friends into robbing banks, and he is desperate for a way out. When the boss promises that one really big job will be the last he ever has to do, Christian jumps at the chance for freedom. In fact, he’s just met a girl at the bank who might even prove useful. . . .
Two heists. One score. The only thing standing in their way is each other.
Told in alternating points of view, this caper is full of romance and fast-paced fun. Hand to fans of Perfect Chemistry, The Conspiracy of Us, and Heist Society.
I opened Smash & Grab with high hopes, which probably contributed to why the book felt so disappointing. The majority of the plot relied on the romance, not the heist, to keep it going. The heist, the part I was thrilled to read about, didn’t take up much time at all and fell about as flat as the romance.
The romance between Lexi and Christian was boring. It felt convenient and would have been much more convincing if it had stayed where they were both just using each other, no feelings involved. In addition, Lexi wasn’t that likable. Her I don’t catch feelings, chasing an adrenaline high because nothing else compares rich girl whining was a pain in the butt. And then there was the heist itself. Way too much of it relied on chance and the plan either going absolutely perfectly or the characters being able to luck their way of otherwise impossible situations. It wasn’t clever or thrillingly brilliant, but rather ill conceived.
Smash & Grab gets a lonely star for bad romance and bad heisting, and an extra star because of the diverse cast.
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