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Title: Smash & Grab
Author: Amy Christine Parker
Publication Date: July 19, 2016
Publisher: Random House Books for Young Readers
Synopsis: 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 received a copy of this book for free from the publisher in exchange for an honest and unbiased review.
When Lexi’s father is arrested for mortgage fraud, Lexi cannot come to terms with the fact that her father was the only one involved in the financial scam. In order to find evidence against her father’s coworker, Lexi and her friends team up with a group of professional bank robbers.
If Christian and his friends are going to pull off a fifty million dollar heist, they are going to need help from Lexi and her friends. Although the situation may be less than ideal, they just might come out of their heist alive and richer then ever before.
This story is told from two points of views, Lexi’s point of view and then Christian’s point of view. I especially enjoyed these two points of views because they are so different from each other. Up until just recently, Lexi’s life has been easy and carefree, while Christian’s life has been anything but. In order to pay off his father’s gambling debts, Christian joins a Mexican gang. This gang has been forcing Christian to commit bank robberies. If Christian doesn’t do as he is told, the Mexican gang will not only kill him, but kill his family as well. Even though Lexi and Christian come from completely two different worlds, they quickly realize that they are more alike then they imagined.
Smash and Grab is such an easy novel to lose yourself in. This action packed story jumps right in, literally BASE jumping, and will leave you breathless from start to finish. The characters are fantastic and complement each other wonderfully. There are even a few surprises at the end that I did not see coming. If you are looking for a fast paced, action packed, and exciting read, Smash and Grab might just be the book for you!
4 out of 5 stars
“I think it’s better if we keep this strictly professional,” she says. I laugh. “Baby, there is nothing professional about what we’re doing.” Her mouth quirks up. “Okay, so we keep it strictly criminal then.”
“I’m the one with all the choices, and I’m starting to realize that all I want to do know is make the right ones.”
Meet The Author
Amy Christine Parker writes full-time from her home near Tampa, Florida, where she lives with her husband, their two daughters, and one ridiculously fat cat.