Published by Random House Books for Young Readers on July 19th 2016
Genres: Young Adult, Contemporary, Mystery, Romance
Format: ARC, eARC
Source: Publisher, Netgalley
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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.
**Any quotes in this review are subject to change, since they came out of the ARC**
“I’m breathless by the time we reach the helipad on top of the US Bank Tower–exactly 1.018 feet above L.A.”
I thought that SMASH & GRAB was such a fun read! I mean the very first chapter is about a group of kids jumping off of a 1,000 foot building for crying out loud! I thought that this book was a great summer read. Yea, it’s not totally realistic with a group of teens pulling off bank heists, but it was a lot of fun!
I really loved the characters within this novel! Lexi and Christian are so great and I love them even more together! When reading this book, I just got so lost and immersed in the story. Now obviously, the stuff that happens within this novel is not totally realistic. I mean it’s not usual for a group of teenagers to go base jumping or get together to rob a bank (without harming people), but it’s what makes this story so exciting!
I’d love to see more of these characters! Please let there be a sequel or make this into a companion series, because I want more! And if you want an exciting, thrill-seeking, and all around fun YA Contemp, then check this book out!
About 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. Visit her at amychristineparker.com and follow her on Twitter @amychristinepar.
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