I received this book for free from Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Smash & Grab by Amy Christine Parker
Published by Random House Books for Young Readers on July 19th 2016
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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.
Smash & Grab was such a fun book, and perfect for summer. I adored Lexi and Christian.
Lexi has definitely had some crappy things happen to her family, and wants to bring down the person behind it all. She just never imagined it would lead to becoming part of another plan. Christian has had a pretty hard life being forced to do jobs he doesn’t want to do so that he can help his family.
These two come from two completely different circumstances, but manage to keep bumping into each other. I loved seeing them both interact with each other, especially since they didn’t think feelings could become a problem for them. Lexi is daring, and tends to do some pretty dangerous things. There’s no way I’d perform some of the stunts she does. I really appreciated Christian’s loyalty to his family. He’s there to help no matter what it may cost him.
For the most part it’s very fast paced. You don’t realize how much time goes by until the date is mentioned in some of the chapters. It’ll keep you engrossed, and wanting to flip the pages to see how everything is going to go down. The events could go off without a hitch, or it could completely crash and burn. But you’ll have to read to find out.
The ending was warm fuzzy worthy.
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