Author: Ally Carter [also wrote the Gallagher Girls books]
Pages [hardcover]: 287
Opening Lines: No one knew for certain when the trouble started at the Colgan School.
Memorable Quote: No one would have ever guessed that seven of the world’s most talented teenagers were coming to the Henley that day for an entirely different sort of lesson.
Favorite Character: Hale
When Katarina Bishop was three, her parents took her on a trip to the Louvre…to case it. For her seventh birthday, Katarina and her Uncle Eddie traveled to Austria…to steal the crown jewels. When Kat turned fifteen, she planned a con of her own–scamming her way into the best boarding school in the country, determined to leave the family business behind. Unfortunately, leaving “the life” for a normal life proves harder than she’d expected.
Soon, Kat’s friend and former co-conspirator, Hale, appears out of nowhere to bring her back into the world she tried so hard to escape. But he has good reason: a powerful mobster has been robbed of his priceless art collection and wants to retrieve it. Only a master thief could have pulled this job, and Kat’s father isn’t just on the suspect list, he is the list. Caught between Interpol and a far more deadly enemy, Kat’s dad needs her help.
For Kat there is only one solution: track down the paintings and steal them back. So what if it’s a spectacularly impossible job? She’s got two weeks, a teenage crew, and hopefully just enough talent to pull off the biggest heist in history-or at least her family’s (very crooked) history.
I’ve had this book sitting on my TBR pile for a while, and I’m sad that I waited this long to actually pick it up! Heist Society tells the story of a young, talented theif named Kat who was born into the world of crime but isn’t quite ready to accept that as her own. She wants to try to live her own, normal life, but it soon turns out that her father needs help, and Kat loves her family more than anything else. Ready to put her own life on the line to save her father, she’s planning the biggest heist of her life: To steal art from the Henley.
I’ve never been much into art, never felt the urge to visit the big art musuems of the world. But Kat takes the reader into her world, makes what’s important to her important to you, and teaches you the secret language of thievery. One thing I most liked about this book was how it proved how used to this life Kat and the others were and that this definitely wasn’t their first job.
Heist Society is a great young adult book for those looking for an adventure, a heist, and a little romance intertwined. I’ve been a fan of Ally Carter since I first started the Gallagher Girls series and this did not disappoint. I give it 5/5 stars.