I didn't expect to like this book as much as I did. I'd read Elizabeth Scott's "Something Maybe" and loved it, and I started "Bloom" but didn't finis...more I didn't expect to like this book as much as I did. I'd read Elizabeth Scott's "Something Maybe" and loved it, and I started "Bloom" but didn't finish (I wasn't attached to any of the characters), but "Stealing Heaven" was much different than both of those stories. "Stealing Heaven" is really a story about morals and loyalties, which is fascinating because you wouldn't expect to find these lessons when the main character is a thief.
Characters: I loved them. Dani was a brilliant narrator, and an admirable person despite the thief-bit. I found myself laughing out loud to a few of her inner-thought narratives, especially the ones where she is talking to Greg. Ah, Greg. There is not enough that I can say about Greg. He was amazing. I loved every conversation he had with Dani, and every conversation he had with anyone, for that matter. He also added another layer of complexity to the story. By the time the reader really started to know Greg, the story became more than the story of a thief. It became the story of a thief who falls for a cop. That was the beginning of the morals and loyalties part of the story. Dani's mother was an interesting character, although I can't say I liked her. She did play a major part in the plot, so she was definitely important. Other than those three, the rest of the characters were pretty minor. I liked Allison and James because they made the tone lighter at times. I liked the stereotypical personalities of the cleaning crew Dani works with, and I liked Greg's friends at the doughnut/coffee shop. Plot: The story moved along really well, and I loved how the plot switched from Dani and her mother's escape to doing what Dani thought was right. I liked the little twists in the story, and I enjoyed all the times they were close to getting caught, but didn't. The plot as a whole kept me interested the whole way through, but it was the characters that really kept me reading. Writing: I love Elizabeth Scott's writing. Sometimes present-tense narratives bother me (for the sake of time-sequence), but Elizabeth Scott pulls it off well. She has the ability to suck the reader into the head of her narrator, and it makes everything that much better.
Overall, I loved the book. I thought it was great. My few complaints are that Dani's Mother's back story could have been clearer to explain why she was a thief, I'd like to have seen Dani connecting with more people, and Dani's relationship with Greg could have been paced a bit slower and shown in more instances. But, these are very minor things in my opinion, and the book is a great read. If you like YA chick-lit, any of Elizabeth Scott's other novels, or even if you're a Sarah Dessen fan, I highly recommend this book. (less)