ARC Review: Smash & Grab by Amy Christine Parker

Posted July 22, 2016 by Jamie in Reviews // 0 Comments

ARC Review: Smash & Grab by Amy Christine ParkerSmash & Grab by Amy Christine Parker
Published by Random House Books for Young Readers on July 19th 2016
ISBN: 0553533851
Pages: 384

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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.


Jamie’s Review

Disclaimer: I received an eARC of this book in exchange for an honest review. This in no way affects my opinion of the book.

I was really underwhelmed with this one. I thought there was a lot more that could have happened in it but it was all wasted potential. I wanted there to be more in terms of planning the heist and the two crews coming together. I wanted to be shown the training and all the aspects of the heist but in reality, the heist lasted two seconds and View Spoiler ». Considering this was supposed to be adrenaline junkie meets bank robber, I thought there would be a little bit more of each.

I thought separately, Lexi and Christian were really interesting people. They both had faults and their own set of issues but they didn’t let that get them down. They played with the cards they were dealt and tried to make the most of them. I liked that Lexi was willing to do whatever it took to get that rush and protect her family. I also liked that Christian was willing to go to extreme lengths to protect his. And they both had greater hopes and dreams for themselves. I thought they were great characters and I was glad to be in both of their heads throughout the novel.

However, the other characters lacked any real qualities that made me care about them. At first I thought Lexi thought Leo was into her but then it was revealed that Leo is gay (and Lexi knew) and I thought maybe I missed that? I also wasn’t quite sure what kept their adrenaline junkie group together because it was never really stated? Was it just that they were all rich and could do whatever they wanted? It wasn’t really explained and they didn’t feel like BFFs but rather just a bunch of characters that were needed for this story.

And the bank job was really … easy? Like it seemed like it should have been a lot harder than what it ended up being. I thought they would have had a couple more issues or run ins but they didn’t. And the actual job wasn’t even shown (or told about), we got cut into the middle of it. Which sucked. Considering this was a heist book, it was less about the heist (or even PLANNING the heist) and more about Lexi and Christian’s sucky lives. And while I enjoyed Lexi and Christina, I thought it was too much about them separately rather than them working together to get the information they needed to plan and pull off this heist.


I thought it took too much time to get started and it cleaned up really easily. But I loved both Lexi and Christian and their relationship; I thought they were good characters and a good match for one another. Lexi and Christian’s relationship is the reason I continued to read the book. There are a lot of other heist stories that make it less predictable so this one is kinda middle of the road for me. I would recommend picking this up from your local library or borrowing it from a friend if you want to read it!

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