The Low Down: Katarina “Kat” Bishop has decided to leave the family business for high school. She wants to feel like the opposite of a thief, like a normal teen. Even though she has to create a backstory and scholastic history to get in, she is determined that will be the end of the dishonesty. However, only three months into her first term, she finds herself hauled in front of The Colgan School Honor Board for putting the headmaster’s Porsche on top of the school fountain. Which she absolutely didn’t do.
Now Kat is at the closest thing she can call home, hearing that her father is in danger because of some paintings he stole. But when Kat finds out that there was no way he could have done it, she is determined to locate the paintings herself to prove it. The only thing that stands in her way is the thief they were stolen from and Visily Romani, the most notorious thief who doesn’t exactly exist.
Best Thang ‘Bout It: This was kind of like Oceans 11 for the Young Adult set. Kat has a crew that she pulls together and they plan the most elaborate scheme to steal back some paintings. And these paintings, by famous artists, have been stolen themselves at least a couple of times prior to that.
Kat’s conflict between wanting to experience a “normal” life and leading the life she has always led makes the story more than just your typical “caper” story. It adds depth to it.
Ally Carter is one of those authors that I love to read because I know what I am going to get with her: lots of humor, a subject that’s interesting (thievery/art/organized crime this time), great characters, locales, twists and turns, and a bit of romance. They are by no means cookie-cutter stories like a Nancy Drew tale, but solid, exciting and inventive.
I’m Cranky Because: I know this is a series, but the potential romance between Kat and Hale was VERY slow building. Maybe I am just being impatient. Harrumph.
To Read or Not To Read: Absolutely.
Heist Society by Ally Carter was published February 9, 2010 by Hyperion Book CH.
Genre: Young Adult Fiction Thriller Romance Series
Ages: 11 and up
You Might Want to Know: Nothing of note
See my previous reviews of books by Ally Carter:
I’d Tell You I Love You, But Then I’d Have to Kill You (Gallagher Girls #1)
Cross My Heart and Hope to Spy (Gallagher Girls #2)
Out of Sight, Out of Time (Gallagher Girls #5)