Smash & Grab by Amy Christine Parker
Random House Books for Young Readers
Release Date: July 19, 2016
Rate: 4 Stars
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.
I would like to thank the author for providing me with an advance copy of Smash & Grab for an honest review.
Smash & Grab has action, romance, and that thrilling sense of danger. I liked that Amy decided to write something different then her last 2 books, although I have to say those still have a special place in my heart!!! This had some great under tones and many layers.
Lexi and her adrenaline junkie crew love pushing things to the edge. Lexi’s father has just been arrested for fraud and laundering. Lexi believes he was set up and is not the only one responsible. She is determined to get to the bottom of what really happened.
Christian and his crew rob banks. They try to make sure to keep a set of rules that keeps them from getting caught. When he meets Lexi things start to get complicated and personal feelings could get him in trouble.
Why is Christian robbing banks? Will Lexi find the answers she is looking for? Can Lexi and Christian help each other or will they put the other at risk? You have to read this book to find out!
Smash & Grab is different then anything I have read in awhile and I liked that. It is a fun read! There were a few slower moments and then really action packed scenes, so pacing through out the book was sometimes a little bit of an issue for me. That was my only minor complaint. I loved the chemistry, the plot, the friendships, and the West Side story feel. I would definitely recommend Smash & Grab and give it 4 out of 5 stars.
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.
(1) Winner – Smash & Grab (Signed ARC), + pair of Buttons & Poster