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Stealing Heaven

3.71  ·  Rating details ·  9,253 ratings  ·  573 reviews
My name is Danielle. I'm eighteen. I've been stealing things for as long as I can remember.

Dani has been trained as a thief by the best--her mother. Together, they move from town to town, targeting wealthy homes and making a living by stealing antique silver. They never stay in one place long enough to make real connections, real friends--a real life.

In the beach town of H
Hardcover, 307 pages
Published May 27th 2008 by Harper Teen
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Naomi Campbell There are references to sex, although not any actual sex "Scenes," but I wouldn't let my 14-year-old daughter read this yet. It wasn't my favorite boo…moreThere are references to sex, although not any actual sex "Scenes," but I wouldn't let my 14-year-old daughter read this yet. It wasn't my favorite book in the world anyway, after all. There are cusswords here and there all throughout, including the "F" word. The mom is kind of a player.(less)
Naomi Campbell I say yes. My daughter is 14 and I wouldn't let her read it because it's just cusswords off and on throughout, not awful, but it's a young adult book …moreI say yes. My daughter is 14 and I wouldn't let her read it because it's just cusswords off and on throughout, not awful, but it's a young adult book and has some sexual content and the F word as well. (less)

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Favourite Quote: "The story of my life can be told in silver; in chocolate mill, serving spoons, and service for twelve. The story of my life has nothing to do with me. The story of my life is things. Things that aren't mine, that won't ever be mine. It's all I've ever know. I wish it wasn't."

Three words - I LOVED IT! Stealing Heaven is my kind of book. It has a happy and fun feel but also has depth and heart and has one of the most delicious romances I have read in a while.

We all know that Eliz
Jan 23, 2009 rated it liked it
While I was reading this book I was really expecting to give it four stars and if the ending was really good maybe even five, but the ending just didn't seem like enough.

Quick Overveiw: Danielle has been stealing stuff(silver to more specific) for as long as she can remember. She and her mother are partners in crime, literally. Her father isn't in her life so it's just her and her mom. But everything starts change when they go to the town of Heaven. She breaks the number one rule of telling som
Mackenzie Sutton
Mar 26, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: book-club
Stealing Heaven is about a young girl that is going through life and just letting things happen. In the begining it is Dani, her mother, and her father. After some difficult obsticles they go through, which they think are normal, Dani is separated from her father for the rest of her life. She grew up knowing all the things she had weren't hers. She didn't know better, afterall that is what she had been taught. Later Dani's father was put in jail for stealing and was left with her mother. She lov ...more
Jan 21, 2011 rated it really liked it
”I stand in the shower and cry for what I’ve never had and never will. A real home. Things I can truly call my own and keep forever. Friends. I am in the place where you cry and mean it”

Dani has never had the chance to settle down in one place, make connections with people or call a place her own. This is because from a young age all has learnt to rob places with her mom and then move to another town. However things change when Dani arrives at Heaven, she finds it strange that people actually wa
I really enjoyed this, a quick fast-paced contemporary about a girl who steals with her mother for a living, and what happens when she moves to a town called Heaven, and makes friends and falls for a local young cop. Although the premise sounds cutesy, it's actual pretty heavy in theme & content, would recommend to fans of Sarah Dessen. ...more
Sara ♥
Feb 18, 2009 rated it really liked it
4.5 stars FOR SURE! This book was awesome. Completely different premise than anything I'd ever read before. Dani (Danielle) grew up studying the family business.... which is stealing silver from rich people's homes. She never went to high school, because she was learning "more important things". She and her mom essentially live on the road, going from one town to the next, picking a home, devising a plan to steal from it, stealing the silver, and then moving on to a new town.

Until they get to He
I just love everything about Stealing Heaven. I love Danielle, who is a professional thief. And Greg, who is the grinning cop with crazy hair. I love reading about older characters in YA (18 and 20years) and the uniqueness of the story. This is the book I wish I had written :)

The premise of a thief liking a cop is achingly done. I got a little emotional in this one. Probably just me :)

I've re-read this one and it's still a fave. I think maybe my favourite out of Elizabeth Scott's books so far...
Sep 23, 2015 rated it liked it
I loved the concept and some parts were really interesting, but overall I wasn't impressed. It took me awhile to finish because I kept losing interest. I didn't feel any emotional connection with the characters. ...more
Mar 24, 2011 rated it liked it
Does this qualify as NA? If so, NA is my new YA!

Stealing Heaven reminds me of Pretty Woman. Only instead of a handsome suave business man type there's, get this, a young cop! The pairing seemed so unlikely that it verged on being corny; I was positive I would to mock them after. Later though I caught on to what they felt for each other: a wanting, a tentative one, for someone they knew not at all but completely all at once (Guess who read a lot of paperback romances when she was younger.)

Her H
Jul 18, 2008 rated it liked it
Danielle only knows one way to live. She’s never been to school, she’s never had a legitimate job, no friends, and no boyfriend. What she does have is her mother, and what they do, is criminal. They steal. Basically they move from town to town, targeting the houses that contain their drug of choice, silver. Her mother does it, her father did it. It’s the only thing she knows how to do, but is what she wants to do.

Their next hit is a small sleepy beach town called, Heaven. Everything is going as
Sarah Elizabeth
Aug 25, 2013 rated it liked it
(Source: I own a copy of this book.)
18-year-old Danielle is a thief, and travels around with her mother, looking for their next opportunity to steal some silver.
Will Danielle and her mother ever stop stealing? Or will they be caught?

This was an okay story, but I got bored at points.

Danielle was an okay character, but she made some really stupid decisions at times. Given her history I really expected better from her. Having been raised the way she was raised, and have known nothing other than bei
Feb 03, 2010 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2010, ebooks, contemporary, ya
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I am not exactly an Elizabeth Scott fan. I bought two of her books on an impulse sometime last year (Bloom and Perfect You) and I didn’t like them. Since then, I wasn’t really keen on reading another Elizabeth Scott book, fearing that it might just end up like the ones I read.

I don’t know what made me give her another chance in this book — maybe it was the cover, maybe I was just bored so I picked this up.

I’m glad I did.

If I was disappointed with the first two Eliza
Apr 24, 2009 rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2009, teen
Dani is eighteen years old, and she has been stealing for as long as she can remember. Her mother is an expert--an expert at working people, at picking the right rich houses, at ferreting out the good silver. At making nice to guard dogs and finding a way around alarm systems. And she has taught Dani everything she knows.

Dani and her mother have been on the road all her life, stopping in a new place only long enough to steal some silver, and then getting out of town before anyone suspects. She d
Feb 06, 2010 rated it really liked it
I celebrated the generosity of Elizabeth Scott with an E.Scott-a-thon last weekend and this was the book that made the biggest impact on me. The book is honest with a style that I can recognise as distinctly Scottish (meaning Elizabeth not the country) in tone. Having been an excited E.Scott vlog watcher of late, I can hear her reading each word to me so I - 1) possess a vivid imagination, 2) am going bonkers or 3) Elizabeth Scott has mastered teleportation and is in fact reading to me.

Dani is a
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This started out really well. So well, actually, that I found myself highlighting passages every 2 pages. I loved Scott's prose, the chemistry between the characters, and more than anything, I loved the character development. Dani's slow coming of age from a tentative teenager, overwrought with guilt and self-esteem issues to a strong woman who takes her destiny into her own hands was beautiful to watch. Now, when I say self-esteem issues, I don't me
Jan 19, 2010 rated it really liked it
I’ve been eager to explore Elizabeth Scott’s books after reading two of her novels that were like night and day. Living Dead Girl haunted me and Something, Maybe was refreshing and enjoyable, so I had no idea what I was in for when I picked up Stealing Heaven. Well, I’m glad I did because I was captivated by the book from the very beginning and as the story progressed the events continued to built promising a capitulating ending.

Stealing Heaven is about eighteen year old Dani who has spent her e
Jun 21, 2008 rated it really liked it
Scott, Elizabeth Stealing Heaven, pgs.307 Harper Collins-Harper Teen. Language~PG-13, Sexual Content~PG; Violence~G;

Before readers get to turn the first page, Scott grabs your interest with this sentence. “My name is Danielle. I’m eighteen. I’ve been stealing things for as long as I can remember.” Danielle’s mother became involved in burglary as a young woman and when her partner is arrested, she waits until Danielle is old enough and they become a team. They move from town to town, city to cit
3.5 stars

I really wanted to give it a 4 but the last chapters were so rushed and anticlimactic. The plot was interesting as it is different from the normal YA novels I read before. It was engaging in the first half of the novel but it went downhill afterwards. I also wanted more of Dani and Greg's relationship too.
Feb 25, 2019 rated it liked it
the pacing got all wonky towards d end but otherwise this was ok!
Sheyanne Royal
Jan 31, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: young-adult
Well written book and I loved the book. The ending just ended and it could have been better.. I felt that the ending was rushed and could have been longer and more explained as to everything that was going on.
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So first of all I was all charged up to to read this like: OMG OMG OMG! A girl-thief? Wait what? A family-line of thieves?! OMG this is gonna be great! :O she falls in love with a cop? *excited giggling* but she's a thief and he's a cop - so wait that means!... *SQUEAL*! xD This is going to be so exciting!!!!!!!!

When I was actually reading:
Uh-huh... - xD Ok - nice to meet you
Rachel Jessup
Stealing Heaven Review
In the book Stealing Heaven a girl Named Danielle, also known as Dani, is a thief with her mother. Her mother taught he all she knows. She’s been getting away with it since she was about 7. Dani doesn’t want to live the life she has been living. She just wants to change and be a better person, but it’s harder than she thought.
Dani is planning on sealing silver from a big house that her new friend is living in for the summer. She doesn’t know it until the middle of the miss
Feb 04, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Danielle has been stealing things for as long as she can remember.

At eighteen years of age, Danielle isn’t your average young adult. After her father got put in jail for theft, she and her mother have led a nomad life style. They go from place to place, stealing to make their way. Thieves don’t always look like you think they should.

Danielle is tired, though. Tired of living a life where nothing is hers, where she is constantly on the move. Tired of lying about her name, her background, tired of
Jun 23, 2010 rated it liked it

I don't have much to say about Stealing Heaven, overall it was an enjoyable read with an interesting, although predictable plot that had some really great cute moments.
For me though, nothing about the book really stood out.

I did like Dani as a character, she has an interesting life story after living her entire life as an accomplice to her parents crimes. But the actual theft aspect of the book is rather boring and it didn't add the intrigue that I expected it to, even though it's
Oct 12, 2009 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2009, young-adult
3.5 stars. Dani is 18 and a thief, having been trained in the art of bouncing from place to place long enough to steal antique silver by her mom, who loves this lifestyle. She's never gone to school and never stayed in one place long enough to call it home. In the town of Heaven, Dani suddenly gets noticed by other kids her age. She makes friends with a girl she meets at the beach and even attracts the attention of a guy who turns out to be a cop. But she can't tell her mom any of this because h ...more
Mar 20, 2009 rated it really liked it
Shelves: own
Danielle has always been a thief. She and her mother runs around from town to town stealing silver - something that is not as obvious as diamonds and jewels but can still heft a high price. Dani never connected and made any friends because of all their moving around, however, things change when they move to Heaven where tons of high-end families live and gather.

Personally, I thought Stealing Heaven was very unique because I never realized that people especially teenagers will go around just to s
Shanyn (Chick Loves Lit)
Mar 09, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-these-pam
When it comes to Elizabeth Scott books, I know that I don't need to read the plot summary to be interested in the book - the author is enough. Because of this, I was completely caught off guard by Stealing Heaven.

A book with stealing in the name can obviously mean physical theft (as in money from a gas station or jewelry from a house) or something more metaphoric (making a new town your home, or as I assumed in this case, being so happy that you are 'stealing heaven'). The cover of the book does
Chelsea Lloyd
Oct 29, 2009 rated it really liked it
Stealing Heaven was a really good book. I would probably recommend this book to my sister because she reads girly books that have a good plot. It was well written and made me feel sad and apprehensive towards the end. My favorite character was Danielle because she knew what she was supposed to do, and did it or knew how she was supposed to act and acted how she wanted to instead of how her mother expected her to. My least favorite character was Danielle’s friend James because he was rich, snobb ...more
Erica (storybookend)
Danielle is a thief. It’s her whole life, the only thing she’s known. She moves from place to place with her mother who teaches her how to steal. Then they get to Heaven, a small town that Danielle starts to see as more than just the next place to steal from. And she meets Greg…Greg. A cop that she should have nothing to do with, because thieves and cops, they don’t mix. But Danielle likes Greg, and she can see that he likes her. She tries to break it off, tries to cut off all feelings she has t ...more
Jul 22, 2011 rated it really liked it
Stealing Heaven is a book I've had on my to-read list for YEARS! It was recommended to me by a work friend all that time ago, and I've finally had a chance to read it.

I saw it sitting on the shelf at the Library I was working at, and I thought to myself "It's time to read this!" It was definitely worth the wait.

It was an easy read, although predicable at times, but the writing was so addictive and the story so surprisingly interesting that I was hooked!

The premise of the book sort of reminded
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Hey there, I'm Elizabeth. I write young adult novels. I live just outside Washington DC with my husband and dog, and am unable to pass a bookstore without stopping and going inside.

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