Published: Disney Hyperion (February 9, 2010)
Series: Book 1
Source: I purchased this book.
GoodReads Summary: 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 Kat back into the world she tried so hard to escape. But he has a 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 her family's history--and, with any luck, steal her life back along the way.
My Thoughts: I had put this book off SO LONG. Capillya from That Cover Girl has raved about this book since I met her. It was like "Hi, I'm Capillya. Read Heist Society. Nice to meet you." (I'm kidding! But I'll bet she would've liked to say that.)
So Kat is a 15-year-old girl who steals really expensive things from really powerful adult people and gets away with it. Uh, yes please.
Though Heist Society took me a little while to get into (I was amidst a reading slump), I flew through the last 200 pages in a matter of hours. A FIFTEEN YEAR OLD GIRL WHO STEALS THINGS FOR FUN. And not only that, but her whole FAMILY is in the business! I love these kinds of shenanigans. Of course, she tired of the crooked life and made an attempt for the straight and narrow. Unfortunately for her, she's too successful at her trade to escape for long, so W.W. Hale (ahem. How YOU doin'?) drags her back.
I was pleasantly surprised at how much I enjoyed reading about Kat and her merry crew of underage criminals. Each character was well-written and had a distinct personality (as well as a "gift" when it comes to running jobs!) This is not rocket science, people. This is fluffy cotton candy for your brain. Don't we all deserve a little indulgence? Kat and her peeps may live to see another day, but I've got Uncommon Criminals waiting on my shelf and I can only imagine what kind of crazy situations they'll find themselves in next!