Smash & Grab by Amy Christine Parker
Release date: July 19, 2016
An e-galley was provided by the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for review consideration.
Summary: 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.
When did I stop reading?: 11% into my e-galley (so about page 42)
Why didn't I finish?: Wasn't feeling the characters or the crime.
The Long(er) Review: I first expressed interest in Smash & Grab because of the comparison to Ocean's Eleven, which is something Ally Carter has referenced many a time when it comes to Heist Society. I'm not usually down for committing crimes, even if it's to help one's family, so the narration and characters' voices have to be strong for me to keep going. That wasn't the case here, unfortunately. Ah, well, c'est la vie.
The Verdict: Wasn't for me. It may be your thing, though!