- Hardcover: 352 pages
- Publisher: Random House Books for Young Readers (19 July 2016)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0553533827
- ISBN-13: 978-0553533828
- Product Dimensions: 14.9 x 3 x 21.7 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
Smash and Grab Hardcover – 19 Jul 2016
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About the Author
AMY CHRISTINE PARKER is the author of Gated and Astray. She 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 at @amychristinepar.
Top Customer Reviews
Just imagine all the fangirling that happened when the book finally landed on my doorstep.
All fangirling aside, I managed to really enjoy this book. I read it as I was traveling in summer and it was just what I needed. Something light and a lot of fun to read. The main character, Lexi, is a girl who doesn’t let the term ‘girl’ define her. She’s dropping off buildings, she knows her way to sneak around and she loves a challenge. And when that challenge is to help clear her father’s name, she’ll do anything. I love how she channels her anger to let it fuel her when it comes to her adrenaline rushes and getting revenge. I found her personality to be a lot of fun and I really liked the relationship she and her brother shared.
Then we also have Christian. He was another main character I really liked. You can tell he is part of the gang for all the wrong reasons, and really just wants to find a way out which is safe. But in those kind of scenarios, when you’re in it’s pretty hard to come back out again… He really was caught and you could tell that he loved his family and friends a lot. I liked that he had his affinity for reading and was quick on his feet. He was a pretty cool love interest.
The point of view switches between them two, but you still get to meet quite a few of the secondary characters. The relationship between Christian and his best friend Benny is incredibly nice. Lexi has her group of friends, and then Christian has his gang.Read more ›
Told in switching POV between Lexi and Christian, the pages burst with scandal, danger, and romance. There’s so much energy in the writing, making this a fast, fun read with high stakes and great humour. A big story that’s really well done — I loved it!
Most Helpful Customer Reviews on Amazon.com (beta)
I liked the plot of Smash & Grab. It was not a typical YA and I really loved that there was no insta-love. The stories of the two main characters felt like they fit together and there was no forcing a relationship. The writing of Amy Christine Parker was funny and sharp. She had a way of writing each character (the chapters alternated narrators) with a distinct voice, I always knew whose chapter it was. The pacing had a few blips where time would jump faster than it had, but it did not harm the story. The world created was interesting. I got much more of a feel for where Christian lived and worked then I did for Lexi. There was a nice emotional overlay to this read. The two teens doing whatever they can to save their families and their futures was one nice layer and then the romance was a great other layer. Now as for the characters, I loved Christian, he was a good kid doing what he felt he needed to do for his family. Lexi however, was pretty much a super spoiled brat. However, she grew during the book and also grew on me.
Smash & Grab was a fun read. Sometimes you just need a book that does not take itself too seriously. Like, teen bank robbing gangs are not a normal YA feature. Amy Christine Parker crafted a tale that was a nice change of pace for me and I loved the way she crafted the romance. This is a perfect summer read; a bit of intrigue, a bit of love and a smidgen of blockbuster action.
Favorite lines – Sometimes people who are stuck in a really deep hole don’t see the point in trying to get out. The climb just feels too high. And when you want to escape, they get all freaked out because if you actually manage to get out, they’re stuck in the hole alone.
Original review @ 125Pages.com
I received this book for free from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
On the one hand I thoroughly enjoyed it (who doesn't like heists, drama, romance and excitement all packed into one?) but on the other I feel like I have never eye-rolled in my entire life as much as I did with this one.
Two things I love the most about Smash & Grab. First, it's different from all the usual YA contemporaries I read which is a relief. I love how it's so much more complicated than the typical teenage angst and family drama I encounter. All the "boy meets girl, boy and girl fall in love but it turns out they can't be together because of so and so reasons" storyline just gets old real fast. So yeah bonus points to Amy Parker for venturing into the world of thieves, heists, highs, gangs, Mafia and... teenagers. I mean don't get me wrong I do not condone stealing or any form of crime for that matter but there's a reason I read books and that's to live and experience the world some other way. If I'm escaping reality I might as well go all out right?
Anyway the second thing I love about this book? The romance. Definitely the romance. The chemistry between Lexi and Christian just felt so natural. And considering the romance wasn't the main focus of the story and felt barely there I didn't think I would feel as strongly for them but I did. There was definite swooning on my part. SWOONING. Because Christian... just... *sigh*
What I didn't like however and I guess it affected me more than I realized (if my rating is any indication) is how over the top unbelievable everything was. The way they robbed the bank? They made it seem like anyone (and I mean ANYONE) can do it. "Wanna rob a bank?" "Yeah sure let me just go get my crowbar and mask. Oh and a change of black clothes too." I mean I would have been fine with it. If they were robbing a FREAKING VENDING MACHINE. I've read Ally Carter's Heist Society and I didn't end up feeling like I could steal anyone's precious painting whenever I want. This book however... I can't. I just can't.
Oh and the ending? That was too perfect and waaayy convenient. There are times that a perfectly wrapped up ending works for a book and this time is not it.
All in all I love the author's writing. It pulls you in from the start. I would definitely watch out for more books from her. But I just can't for the life of me get over how unbelievable and unrealistic this was.
In Smash & Grab, Parker tells us the story of a poor little rich girl (really, I did not like her) and the hot, poor, Mexican bank robber she falls for (I liked him). It's basically a heist story bracketed by a lot of he's hawt/she's hawt moments and teens being too clever for words.
It *is* entertaining and Parker adds some gravitas to Christian's situation, making it very, very dangerous. But it's also over the top, slightly ridiculous in parts, and unbelievable in the extreme.
I'l admit I'm disappointed. I loved Gated and expected something far deeper than this from the author.
1. Characters are pretty real. While the stuff they are doing is unrealistic, they are done very well. You really get to know both Lexi and Christian.
2. It is a super quick read that you can take to the beach with you this summer.
3. Suspend your belief and go for a bit of an action ride. You REALLY need to just decide that it is not real or even attempting to be real, but otherwise fun in an action heist movie sort of way. Honestly, this one would probably be better on the big screen than in writing.
4. Parker's writing is actually done well.
1. Everyone and their grandmother can easily rob a bank. Seriously, anyone can do it. It is apparently super easy and something rich girls do for fun.
2. Prepare to roll your eyes, shake your head, and snicker. I did a lot of all of them as I went through reading this.
3. The Spanish wasn't really necessary and felt like it was being forced to emphasize diversity.
The author tells the story through two different points of views – Lexi and Christian. Lexi was born in a rich family. She is outgoing, has a love for adventurous, and at times extremely dangerous activities (i.e. jumping off buildings!), and she doesn’t let anyone talk down on her. The story tells about her biggest, and maybe most difficult challenge yet – clearing her father’s name. She takes on this new adventure with her group of friends, who by the way are the coolest people I could imagine hanging out with.
Christian is part of a gang to help his family out with money. He doesn’t want to be part of the bank robberies and other heists they must do for their leader, but getting out of a gang proves to be hard. Especially if the life of your family is threatened. So Christian and his friends have to take on their biggest heist yet – robbing a bank for a few millions.
The plot is easy to follow, but at times I feel it is a bit predictable. And I didn’t enjoy the ending too much, it seemed to be just an easy way to end the book. But overall the story got me hooked pretty quickly, it was fun to follow and exciting. I also liked that the romance between Lexi and Christian was building up slowly, it felt realistic. I am wondering though if they’ll ever get together after the heist or if this was really the reason they got all flirtatious.
To sum up, Smash & Grab is a fun and light read with an exciting plot.