Heist Society by Ally Carter is not a book I would usually read, but it was a book club selection available on audio from the library and sounded cute enough, so I went ahead and picked it up. I was pleasantly suprised.
Kat comes from a family of theives, very good thieves, but has left the Life and is trying to make it work at a prestigious, private high school. That is until she gets kicked for a prank she didn’t actually pull. She was framed by her best friend, Hale, but he had a good enough reason. A mobster, Arturo Taccone, has just had several priceless paintings stolen and he wants them back. The problem being only a master thief could have stolen tham and Kat’s dad is his only suspect. Kat’s dad, evading both Interpol and Taccone, needs her help. She’s got two weeks to find the paintings and steal them back.
Alright, morally, obviously Kat, her family and her friends are in the wrong. They’re professional thieves, so probably not the best role models, but let’s just overlook that fact, okay?
Kat is smart, resourceful, cute, loyal, confident most of the time, but has those nagging doubts that everyone does. And the teenage crew she pulls together are perfect. They are all characters, from the computer geek to the sexy cousin, but they work together, trust each other, have each other’s backs, and are trying to pull off the biggest, most impossible job anyone in the family has done.
For a young adult novel with a focus on criminals, I have to say it’s a pretty clean book, no violence, no sex, no drugs or alcohol. And it’s fun, simple, a light read.
Hale, by the way, is sexy for a 16 year-old. Actually, he’s way too sophisticated, sure of himself, attractive, smooth with that bit of a rough edge, to be 16. And did I mention he’s rich with parents who are never around. Of course this is fiction and if I were a 13, I would have had a crush on him.
Would I recommend you read this? Maybe not, unless you’re in that 12-14 year old rage, but I enjoyed it. I did listen to it on audio and the narrator captured Kat perfectly in my opinion.
3½ out of 5 stars
Category: Young Adult – Crime
Heist Society #1
Published February 9, 2010 by Hyperion
6 hours, 6 minutes
Read by Angela Dawe
Book source: Library
Heist Society Series
- Heist Society
- Uncommon Criminals
- Perfect Scoundrels (expected Feb 2013)