Friday, July 23, 2010

Heist Society: superfun

It may look like I haven't been reading or eating much, but au contraire! I've just been so busy doing both, plus working, that I haven't posted much. Sorry, my three faithful followers. I'll try to be better.
I zipped through teen novel Heist Society by Ally Carter. Delightful con romp. I do love a great art heist! This feels like "The Thomas Crown Affair" meets STORM meets "Ocean's Eleven" with teenagers. Kat comes from a family of cons and thieves-- the classy, awe-inspiring kind. Her billionaire friend/ accomplice Hale frames her to get her kicked out of her first attempt at normal life, Colgan boarding school, but that's nothing compared to the frame job someone has done of her father: a seriously evil man is convinced that Kat's dad stole priceless (Nazi-tainted) masterpieces from his undermoat secure art lair, and Kat has two weeks to return the paintings before dire consequences ensue. Yes, I did write "undermoat secure art lair." There was a mini-sub involved. It's that kind of book-- LOVED it!
My favorite thing about the book was Kat's crew and their clockwork precise planning. I cracked up as the kids threw out ideas of different cons to try, all with hilariously evocative names: "the Ben Franklin," "the Princess Bride" ("But where would we get a six-fingered man on such short notice?"), "Dog in a Bar..." Most of them go unexplained, which makes it even funnier to me.
The globe-trotting adventure is dizzying, the teens are full of hijinks and even some romance, and the whole idea of kids as pros in the heist underworld was just delightful. I hope Carter writes more about Kat and her crew. Kat, don't just go back to Colgan yet, I beg!


Rene' Kirkpatrick said...

this sounds really fun, Tegan. I'm in the middle of Hush, by Eishes Chayil, and The Secret Life of Prince Charming, by Deb Caletti- too many books finished before I get to the computer next!

TSquared said...

Rene: I hear ya! So many books, so little time. So much fun, though. Did you see that Deb Caletti's going to be one of the novelists doing the live novel-writing at Richard Hugo House in October for Arts Crush? I can't wait-- Jennie Shortridge starts it off, Garth Stein finishes, and Nancy Pearl will jump in with all sorts of wisdom and deus ex machina moments throughout! It's going to be a hoot!