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Heist Society

Author: Ally Carter
Originally Published: 2010
Publisher: Disney Hyperion
Source: Purchased at Chapters

The Story

Kat comes from a long line of con artists. Her biggest con, however, is when she cons her way into the best boarding school. Unfortunately, not long after she gets kicked out of the school – she has been framed for completely totaling the headmaster’s car. What she soon learns is that her long-time friend and former partner con artist, Hale, has gotten her kicked out of school for a reason: her father is under suspicion of the theft of five paintings from a private collection. If the person who owns the paintings does not get them back within fourteen days, then he will personally go after Kat’s father, and everyone that Kat holds dear.

It’s now up to Kat, Hale, and a few other members of her group, to find the real thief, steal back the paintings that had been stolen in the first place, and clear her father’s name, all before time runs out.

The Review

This was an adorable book, but I didn’t enjoy it nearly as much as Carter’s other books. I think the Gallagher Girls books are much more adorable and girl-power, and the Card books are books I personally can relate to more. So while this was adorable, it’s not my favourite of Carter’s stuff.

When not comparing it to her other books though, it was good. It kept me company during the last hockey game of the olympics, and I’m not typically a person who can read and watch tv without getting distracted – surprisingly, I did NOT get distracted while this book was in my hands.

What I really liked about this book was how it explored the history of how artifacts really did get stolen during the German occupation in WWII. It explored how some of these things still haven’t been found, the search that is going on, how some of these things HAVE been found, but haven’t been reunited with the people they belong to because these families didn’t survive the war. I love that Carter introduced that little bit of history into her books.

The book works as a standalone, but it’s also definitely been set up so that it’s the beginning of a series. Not sure whether I will read more in the series yet. Probably not as this one really hasn’t stuck out too much in my mind as far as being omg best book evah.

The Bottom Line

A cute book. It’s definitely something that teen girls would love. It’s a nice, quick read that is engrossing while reading, but unfortunately it wasn’t as awesome as I had been hoping it would be.

Other Reviews

Reverie Book Reviews, Lauren’s Crammed Bookshelf, A Chair, A Fireplace and a Tea Cozy. Have you reviewed this book on your blog? Let me know and I’ll add your link.

Posted by Courtney Wilson @ 6:30 am March 3, 2010.
Category: Young Adult
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  • http://www.strangely-normal.com Shannon

    Listening to the radio yesterday, people kept saying that the Olympic hockey game was going to be one of those watershed moments for Canadians. Like 9/11 or the day Kennedy was shot. I love that what you were doing was reading a book instead of watching the game. It’s totally you.

    I was watching Gilmore Girls.