Smash & Grab is a fast paced plot that has a way to keep you on the edge of your seat. The chemistry between the two POV’s is intoxicating.
by Amy Christine Parker
Publisher: Random House Books for Young Readers
Release Date: July 19th 2016
Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary, Mystery, Thriller, Fiction
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.
The story of Smash & Grab immediately sucked me in. Everything starts happening right away so there is no lag in the plot. I loved that Lexi and Christian are from two different backgrounds but continue to cross paths and common interest. They are doing their illegal activities for different surface reasons but the end game for both of them is to protect their families.
Lexi is such a kick ass girl. Bam actually reminded me of Gilmore Girls when Rory first meets Logan only with a little role reversal. She rides a motorcycle and takes risk for the adrenline rush. She is also very intelligent and loyal to those who she cares about.
Christian is also very intelligent and unfortunately even though he wants to go to college, he feels it’s unattainable due to his life circumstances. It’s sad to see him stuck in his illegal activities.
The chemistry between Lexi and Christian is explosive. You just want them together but they keep needing to use each other to help themselves out. They lie to one another but they also see through the disguises they put on.
I loved how involved and fast-paced is and the character chemistry just helps add to the suspense. It’s more of a slow burn relationship since they have so many hurdles. This was such a fun read.