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Thieving Weasels

3.36  ·  Rating details ·  412 ratings  ·  136 reviews
Skip O’Rourke is dragged into one last con . . . but he doesn’t know the con’s on him in this funny, page-turning debut YA for fans of Winger and Ocean’s Eleven.

Cameron Smith attends an elite boarding school and has just been accepted to Princeton University alongside his beautiful girlfriend, Claire. Life for Cameron would be perfect, except that Cameron Smith is actuall
Hardcover, 320 pages
Published August 23rd 2016 by Dial Books
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Lauren Stoolfire
I can't resist a heist story and this one was pretty fun, but overall not all that memorable. The audiobook production is quite good though. ...more
Jane (It'sJaneLindsey)
2.5 stars. This was just pretty "meh" on the whole, and I never felt particularly invested. The con itself had too much back and forth to even be enjoyable. If you're interested in a heist/con story, I'd recommend looking elsewhere. ...more
Keira Drake
Feb 23, 2016 rated it it was amazing
From the moment I saw the cover and read the premise for this book, I couldn't wait to get my hands on it. I had high hopes--and it BLEW MY EXPECTATIONS OUT OF THE WATER. It was even better than I expected, even though I'm the pickiest reader ever!

This author understands VOICE. His characters are richly drawn (you will hate some of them--in a good way!), hilarious, horrible, all of the everything. This story made me laugh AND cry; I didn't expect it to be heart wrenching, but Billy Taylor expres
Brittany S.
Initial Impressions 9/29/16: 3.5 - 3.75 stars
THIEVING WEASELS was a bit different than I anticipated but really in a good way. From the cover, I thought it was going to be a lot goofier and really slapstick but it was actually a lot more serious and realistic than I thought! It actually became quite the complicated thing because with the book being more realistic than I thought, I wasn't able to write off some things for the sake of comedy. For example, I was left wanting just a bit more charact
Jul 05, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: boarding-school
"It doesn't matter how moral you think you are, once someone takes away what you love most in this world, you'll do almost anything to get it back."

The product description is spot on for Thieving Weasels: you will love this book if you (like me) are a fan of Ocean's Eleven.

Skip O'Rourke grew up in a family of con artists. His childhood memories are full of the various swindles he pulled off with his mother and/or his Uncle Wonderful. Skip eventually escaped his family and enrolled at prestigiou
Jul 06, 2016 rated it liked it
Review also posted @ Book Reviews by Di

Light-hearted, fast and fun, this isn't a book that I would normally have picked up had it not been for Penguin's First to Read program.

I was entertained by this book, and I did enjoy most of it, but I think the target audience is probably teenage boys and I suspect they would appreciate it a lot more than I did. It's difficult to truly develop a full cast of characters in such a short novel, but the author manages to get the reader rooting for Skip and th
Jul 06, 2016 rated it liked it
I flew through this book, I'm honestly not sure if it's because I was enjoying the book so much or I just wanted to get to another book. I laughed a lot throughout the story, it was funny, but sometimes I though it was a bit too much. Some of the parts of the book made me question the sanity of people, but in a funny way. Overall I would rate this book a 3.5/5 stars.

Jennifer Y.
Feb 04, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
3 1/2 stars
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May 16, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: owned-arcs
Not at all what I was expecting. And sometimes that can be a good thing but in the case of this book, it made for an only okay read.

I went into this book expecting it to be a well-plotted heist novel. And honestly that was the one thing that was closest to what I was hoping for. While it wasn't so intricately plotted there were moments from the book that came back in a big way when it came to the ultimate conclusion. Things fell together in an interesting way and there were even a few surprises.
Ms. Yingling
Jun 13, 2016 rated it liked it
E ARC from Edelweiss Above the Treeline

Cam Smith finally gets into Princeton, where Claire, his girlfriend at his exclusive prep school is also going. Life is good... until his Uncle Wonderful shows up and whisks him away, saying that his mother has tried to commit suicide and Cam needs to be there for her. SIcne Cam's entire family are grifters who have multiple fake identities and have used him in their scams since he was young, Cam has little patience for this. Still, he is alarmed at his mot
Apr 29, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: r-not-on-amazon
This book fell completely under the radar for me until BEA, when I saw the author was signing ARCs at Penguin. I gave the synopsis a quick glance on Goodreads, and decided that I might as well give it a try. It looked funny- and sometimes I crave light, humorous YA contemporaries. I’m definitely happy that I decided to grab it.

This is a book about a guy who is actually pretty smart but family doesn't care. The only thing his family cares about is making money by stealing things. You could almost
Jul 11, 2016 rated it liked it
This was fun. It didn't blow my mind, but I enjoyed reading it. The beginning of Thieving Weasels is slow, but it's a short book, and it really picks up by the ending. Although the ending was good, I'm not sure I completely understood what was going on. This book is about a family of con artists and their final con went slightly over my head.
All of the female characters in this novel were pretty one-dimensional, especially the MC's girlfriend. I would have liked to have seen a little more perso
Forever Young Adult
Graded By: Poshdeluxe
Cover Story: Coming This Fall to the Disney Channel
BFF Charm: Nay
Swoonworthy Scale: 3
Talky Talk: Keep the Change, Ya Filthy Animal
Bonus Factor: The Con
Relationship Status: Not My Type

Read the full book report here.
Jessa Franco
May 14, 2016 rated it liked it
Choppy pacing and weak ending, but still enjoyable. Hand it to fans of Son of the Mob and those looking for humor with questionable morals.

I received this ARC from BEA 2016.
Sara Grochowski
Feeling kind of divided about this one. Need time to reflect I think.
Mar 31, 2019 rated it really liked it
I thought Thieving weasels was a very good book. The main character is a teenage boy named Skip O'Rourke. He comes from a family of con-artists so he takes $100,000 and runs away to try to start a new, crime-free life under the name of Cam Smith. He goes to school and does well until one of his relatives tracks him down and forces him to participate in one last con with his family. I would definately recommend this book to someone else. ...more
Oct 27, 2017 rated it really liked it
Actually rating: 3.5/5 stars (or 7/10)
Amber Garabrandt
Jul 18, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I received an advanced copy of this book from First to Read in exchange for an honest review.

Cameron Smith leads a pretty good life. While not rich like his classmates at Wheaton Preparatory Academy, he makes it through with financial aid and jobs. Princeton just accepted his application and his girlfriend Claire is amazing. Life it beautiful!

That is, until he gets high jacked from school by his past. You see, Cameron Smith was not always squeaky clean. Once upon a time he was Skip O'Rourke a
Apr 28, 2016 rated it really liked it
This is becoming a sub-genre; crime family kid running away to 'go good'. See, the thing is when you have been trained as a criminal you can survive on your own at a tender age with your acquired skills. The catch is-the family does not always want to let you go.
In one recent book a girl is called back to the family to release her beloved dad who is kidnapped.
In another Dad needs his kid's skills because he is just not a very good con man. In another, the dad is a psychopath and just wants his
Let me start out by saying that Thieving Weasels was not a bad book. In fact, it was actually pretty good, I liked it. The story does explore the question of morality since the characters dipped into morally gray areas—they were career criminals after all. Now one thing I do have to note is that this book wasn’t really all that humorous. There were moments that were maybe, possibly a little funny, but there was nothing that made me outright laugh. However, besides that, there were other aspects ...more
Jul 06, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: arc
I am slightly sad that this book did not make it up to my full expectations. I had a good mix of mystery, action, and romance, but I couldn't find that spark while reading this book. Although this book was not particularly up my alley, I think that this could be a great read for someone really into mystery and action.

Thieving Weasels had a lot of potential and that is why I liked the core of the novel, but I think it could have been built upon more. There were many scenes I found that went on f
Four years ago Cameron Smith escaped his family of thieves and con artists and started a new life at an elite boarding school. With his acceptance to Princeton University, his dreams of a new life are looking more real then ever. Then Cam's uncle shows up, hauls him back to Long Island, and makes it clear that Cam (whose real name is Skip O'Rourke, by the way) must complete one last job if he wants the future he's worked so hard to attain.

Billy Taylor's debut novel, Thieving Weasels, is a lot
Jul 05, 2016 rated it liked it
Thieving Weasels was a short, fun read for the most part. We follow Cam Smith, AKA Skip O'Rourke, as he's pulled away from his ideal world (prep school, beautiful girlfriend, just got into Princeton) back to the hellish world of his childhood (his family are a bunch of weasels).

Cam's family pulls him in for one more con. His mom is in a mental hospital, his uncle is the new head of the weasels, and his cousin Roy just wants the good old days back. Or at least, that's how his family would make i
Jul 06, 2016 rated it really liked it
This was such a fun read. I can easily see this being a movie, it would be great.

The plot is fast-paced, and the twists and turns unexpected. I liked seeing Cam progress from totally trying to turn off his inner "weasel" to reconciling it as a part of himself. The ending was extremely well plotted. The dark humor is just what I like in a con story.

My only issue with the book is maybe who it might be marketed to - I thoroughly enjoyed it as an adult, but it is a young adult book, targeted at ei
May 19, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: ya
Cam Smith’s family are a bunch of weasels. The type that would go from town to town applying for library cards, then checking out as many DVDs as possible and re-selling them to end up with a profit that barely rises above the money the spent paying for gas. He’s not like them. He wants more out of his life. So he steals all their money and forges the paperwork to get himself into an elite prep school, bound for Princeton. Yep, he’s not like his family at all…
It would have gone perfectly if they
Liz Friend
The story: Skip O'Rourke was raised by conmen and grifters, so when he engineers an escape from the family and into a high-class prep school, he thinks he's got all the bases covered. No, wait--the family tracks him down and forces him into One Last Job...but the deeper Skip gets into plans to "off" Fat Nicky, the more he realizes this isn't about the money--it's about revenge. And he's the target. After all, as Skip has to keep reminding himself: “Always know your mark. And if you don’t know wh ...more
Jul 14, 2016 rated it really liked it
Full review also on my blog: http://nextbookaroundthecorner.blogsp...
It will not be easy to classify this debut from Billy Taylor. Is Thieving Weasels a YA, Humor, Romance (you have got to admit: committing a crime to keep your girlfriend is pretty romantic, isn't it?) or Crime Fiction? No matter the category, this book is funny and surprisingly easy to read. The characters are funny (especially Vinnie, he is just the prototype of a dumb wannabe mobster. Fortunately the whole family agrees), th
Aug 19, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: first-reads
Received book from Penguin First to Read in exchange for an honest review.

Cameron Smith is going to Princeton University with his girlfriend Claire. The problem is, Cam is really Skip O'Rourke, born to a family of thieving weasels, grifters, thieves, and general scum--from whom he ran away, stealing $100,000 to help pay for a pricey boarding school and start a new life. And his family has just caught up to him, demanding he help with one last job or they'll destroy his life with a few well-place
Aug 06, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2016
If you are a fan of heists and cons like in the Ocean Eleven movies then you will really like this book. I was a bit dubious of the book due to the cover but you know the saying right? "Don't judge a book..." The main character, Skip, grew up in a family of thieves and con jobs. He was taught from a young age to steal and lie but decided that it was not how he wanted to live the rest of his life. Skip moved away, changed his name to Cam, studied hard, and got accepted to Princeton. Things were g ...more
Aug 22, 2016 rated it liked it
Thanks for Penguin's First to Read program for letting me read this book.

Thieving Weasels was a decent book, but be warned that many of the characters are douches, so you will not have a favorite or develop a crush on them. Skip is only a teenager dealing with family that loves the wrong side of the law. He toes the line of what we believe is the standard morality. I think this is a hard book to get into because it is not fantasy nor reality for most of us. We know there are people like this and
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Billy Taylor is the author of Thieving Weasels, a buzzy YA thriller featured in Family Circle Magazine and Entertainment

"If you don't know who the mark is, it's probably you."

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