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3.57  ·  Rating details ·  332 ratings  ·  112 reviews
Ocean’s Eleven meets the star-crossed lovers of West Side Story. Grab some popcorn and get ready for an adrenaline-filled heist!
LEXI is a rich girl who loves a good rush. Whether it’s motorcycle racing or BASE jumping off a building in downtown Los Angeles, the only times she feels alive are when she and her friends are executing one of their dares. After her father’s a
Hardcover, 384 pages
Published July 19th 2016 by Random House Books for Young Readers
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Sep 12, 2016 rated it really liked it
Smash and Grab was a novel I was eager to have my hands on as soon as I saw the cover. And then I read the synopsis and my eyes practically formed into heart shapes. Really. This is no joke.

Just imagine all the fangirling that happened when the book finally landed on my doorstep.

All fangirling aside, I managed to really enjoy this book. I read it as I was traveling in summer and it was just what I needed. Something light and a lot of fun to read. The main character, Lexi, is a girl who doesn’t l
Colleen Houck
I can see this one being made into a movie easily. Loved Christian. These teens are way too cool and smart for me to ever have had a chance of being their tag along so this was fun. I could read and tag along without them knowing. ;) Also the taco truck made me crave Mexican food.
Paige (Illegal in 3 Countries)
See more of my reviews on The YA Kitten! My copy was an ARC I got from Amazon Vine.
*Christian and his friends are Mexican stereotypes
*twins Elena and Whitney have "dark brown skin" and Oliver is Japanese
*Leo is gay
*as part of the stereotype, Christian and co. are poor

Saying my family is a fan of the 2001 film Ocean’s Eleven and its sequels is an understatement. WE LOVE THOSE FILMS (but not really Ocean’s Twelve because it’s not that interesting). By happenstance, my parents were staying in the B
The Candid Cover (Olivia & Lori)
Full Review on The Candid Cover

Smash and Grab is a heist story with so much potential. It is action-packed, but too predictable and unrealistic. I also didn't enjoy the choices that one of the main characters made, which made me end up not liking the book as much.

I absolutely loved the concept of heists in Smash and Grab. I really enjoy action and crime novels and was very excited about the characters attempting to rob a bank. Of course, the characters have to have a plan before entering the ban
Sara (Freadom Library)
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I received an e-ARC of this book from Random House Children’s via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. Thank you!

Plot – 4 out of 5 stars
This book is just a lot of fun. The plot is exciting and entertaining. It’s action packed and there are so many different facets to what’s going on in the story. I liked how it developed though I think the climax took a little too long to show up. There were times when it
”If you’re deep in the hole, you aren’t scared of going deeper. But if you’re halfway out, man, the fall is freaking terrifying.”

Oh, dear. I didn’t know a heist novel involving base jumping and bank robberies could be so… boring.

Lexi, her brother Quinn, and their small group of friends love a good thrill. Whether it’s sky-diving off of the tallest building in LA or BASE jumping right in the middle of traffic, they love having a good time. But the dares they do are more of a release from the
Jamie (Books and Ladders)
Disclaimer: I received an eARC of this book in exchange for an honest review.

Actual Rating: 2.5*

Full review on Books Are My Fandom .

I was really underwhelmed with this one. I thought there was a lot more that could have happened in it but it was all wasted potential. I wanted there to be more in terms of planning the heist and the two crews coming together. I wanted to be shown the training and all the aspects of the heist but in reality, the heist lasted two seconds and [spoiler]basically went
Lauren Elizabeth
Smash and Grab by Amy Christine Parker

Review written by Lauren Jacobson @delirious_book_critic

*Copy provided by the author in exchange for an honest review.

This book exceeded my expectations and was unlike any book I've ever read. Reading about adrenaline junkies and bank robbers aren't my usual cup of tea but this book was certainly a pleasant surprise! It was fast paced and easy to get into- Definitely a good weekend read.
Smash and Grab is told between our two main characters- Lexi and Christ
Lynne Matson
Jul 25, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I absolutely LOVED this book!

Here's why:

1. The writing. Fluid, effortless, and pace-perfect, Amy's writing allows yourself to lose yourself in the story without a hitch. Which bring me to...

2. The plot: So fun and FAST, this book will grab you and not let you go until you've read the very last page. Perfectly-woven and full of thrills, SMASH & GRAB gives you the adrenaline rush of POINT BREAK and the intrigue of OCEAN'S ELEVEN. Layers upon layers & heists within heists...I was SO invested becau
Kelsey Rogers
Apr 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing
If you know me, you know it’s very rare that I read an entire book in one day. This book is freaking amazing, for all the right reasons. I read this book at the beach, and it’s exactly what I want out of a beach read—easy to read, engaging, suspenseful, and (of course) full of angsty romance. Not only does the girl find a dreamboat, she sets out to help him escape the Mexican mafia, rob a bank, and implicate a criminal mastermind in the process. A+ storytelling, if a little basic.
May 22, 2016 rated it liked it
The story: Smash and Grab is about bank robbers from two completely different worlds. Lexi and her group of wealthy friends, are a bunch of adrenaline junkies pulling off crazy stunts for fun. When her father is arrested for fraud, she does what it takes to clear her father's name from the bank he worked. Christian, has been threatened and blackmailed to rob banks and is only doing it because he's forced into it. The two cross paths when they end up at the same bank.

The likes: I loved how the st
Paula  Phillips
Jan 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing

As soon as I saw the cover of this book, I knew I wanted to read it. I am one of those readers who love my teen adventure/spies type stories. Also when I originally saw this cover and book, I was still on a high from finishing the Pretty Crooked series, so I was all about "Heist and Robbery" type stories. The other thing that got me was that the tagline mentioned "Oceans Eleven" and I loved that movie series. The book starts out with wealthy girl Lexi and her group of friends jumping and parachu
nick (the infinite limits of love)

Amy Christine Parker’s Gated is one of the most interesting books I’ve ever read. So, there was no question that I was going to pick up Smash & Grab, especially since it was about heists. Sadly, this one fell flat for me.

– I liked that this one had dual POVs. We get both Christian and Lexi’s POVs and for the most part, those were written really well. Lexi and her friends enjoy robbing banks because they are bored and they like the rush they get from their heists. Christian, on the other hand, is
Christina Farley
Nov 23, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Absolutely loved this book. The concept of two teens from different parts of life meeting up in an unusual way really connected with me. The characters were well developed and thought out. This is an action-packed book that will leave you guessing until the very end. Highly recommended.
Vika aka ♔ of GIF & Grumpy Smut-ateer *P/T Freebie Fairy

Looking for a fun summer read full adrenaline, twisty plots, and angsty love attractions? Well look no further!

Sometimes I love to delve into NA/YA reads and this shiny cover and blurb appealed to me. I was curious to the synopsis and more to how the book will pull off the subject of a bank heist and revenge/redemption in a NA setting. All while not juvenilizing the book as a whole.

I loved both the privileged and eternally bored adrenaline seeking group that included our main Heroine Lexi who li

Jun 27, 2016 rated it liked it
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Originally Posted on Blue Books and Butterflies
If there is one thing I look for in a book, it is a good heist executed by intelligent teens. This book takes this up to a whole new level by having two groups of teenage con artists collide while they are in the middle of completing their most risky crimes yet. Plus, an unlikely star-crossed romance? Sign me up! If there is one thing I can say to describe Smash & Grab overall, it is that this book was a very entertaining, easy-going read that is p
Jaime Arkin
I can’t think of a better comparison than the one that is on the summary… “Ocean’s Eleven meets West Side Story” encapsulates this story to a tee!

If you can suspend your disbelief for most of this story then you’re going to be in for a fun, adrenaline-filled story full of suspense, blackmail and characters who can’t help but fall for each other along the way!

Lexi loves the adrenaline rush she gets when her and her friends and doing a dare, but her father’s arrest puts their lives on hold. She’
Jul 05, 2016 rated it really liked it
Smash & Grab is one of those books you're either going to love or hate, depending on how "real" you like your fiction. Some will scoff at teens pulling off bank jobs, but I love it. There's something so exciting, so thrilling, about reading about bank robberies and base-jumping and other adrenaline-filled pursuits. It just gets you so excited! I know, morally, that bank robbing isn't right, duh, but they do it without harm! It's all good! But if that's not your jam, don't read this book. It is s ...more
Kaitlyn Abshire
Feb 03, 2016 rated it really liked it
I received a copy of this book for free from the publisher in exchange for an honest and unbiased review.

When Lexi’s father is arrested for mortgage fraud, Lexi cannot come to terms with the fact that her father was the only one involved in the financial scam. In order to find evidence against her father’s coworker, Lexi and her friends team up with a group of professional bank robbers.

If Christian and his friends are going to pull off a fifty million dollar heist, they are going to need help fr
Diana Prince
I received this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

Heist books are not something I've gotten into in the past, as I never found them quite as thrilling as mystery novels or psychological thrillers, and not as relatable (or entertaining) as your average contemporary YA book. This one is no exception -- neither the action nor the relationship dynamics were engaging or more than a little interesting. The writing was solid and had a great pace, and I did care about Christian and th
Jul 15, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley, thriller
Random House Children's and NetGalley provided me with an electronic copy of Smash & Grab, in exchange for an honest review.

Lexi and her brother Quinn are preparing to base jump off the US Bank Tower with their friends Oliver, Leo, and Elena, coincidentally on the same day that their dad is arrested for bank fraud. This group of adrenaline junkies play fast and loose with the laws, keeping a book of their escapades that they lovingly call the BAM book. Christian and his cousin Benny are in the p
Ashley (Bound to Love YA)
May 25, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: ya, romance, heisty, chick-lit
What a delightfully fun summer read. Smash and Grab has tons of heisty goodness. Sure, the plot is holier than a spaghetti strainer, but the lesson here is not to think too hard about it and just ride the roller coaster.

The premise:
After her dad is thrown in jail for mortgage fraud, Lexi - a high society adrenaline junky - goes undercover at LL National Bank to find evidence to convict her dad's former boss in the scam. Along the way, she meets Christian, a small-time robber trying to get out of
Apr 29, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2016
I was fortunate to read an advanced copy of this novel, and boy, was I blown away! I hate to use the cliche "on the edge of your seat," but when I literally found myself on the edge of my seat, I knew there would simply be no way to avoid it in a review. Not only is the writing airtight, but the characters are so fully fleshed out that I have to remind myself that they're not real people. I felt such a strong connection to them, that I didn't want the book to end. This book is actually told in a ...more
Jul 05, 2016 added it
Shelves: dnf
DNF at about 44%. Since I got this from NetGalley, I really wanted to finish it, but I just couldn't take any more. The characters are completely unlikable, the plot is unbelievable. While Christian is slightly more likable than Lexi, his POV included basically caricatures of Mexican culture and was honestly a little uncomfortable to read sometimes. I think heist books need to have a certain level of Fun, but I was completely unentertained. I just felt sad for the characters. ...more
Jun 21, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I started this book a few months ago and while the book started out with some action, I just didn't get into it. I decided to pick it back up a couple days ago and was instantly sucked in! Maybe I just wasn't in the right mood back in March because I ended up loving it. If you like thrills, heists (that took some serious research by the author), and a bit of dangerous romance - then you'll like this! ...more
rachel ☾
May 20, 2016 rated it really liked it
I enjoyed this so, so much more than I'd expect. Rocky start but it got better and better as it went along. RTC. ...more
Stephanie Derbas (In Wonderland)
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My Thoughts

"I'm breathless by the time we reach the helipad on top of the US Bank Tower--exactly 1.018 feet above L.A."

I thought that SMASH & GRAB was such a fun read! I mean the very first chapter is about a group of kids jumping off of a 1,000 foot building for crying out loud! I thought that this book was a great summer read. Yea, it's not totally reali

Jul 28, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Smash & Grab by Amy Christine Parker is a fun mash-up of the Ocean's and Point Break with a little Goodfellas thrown in. And did I mention that it is a YA? It is, and it seems like all of these elements should not work together, but they actually do. Lexi is a spoiled rich girl who only feels alive when she is pushing the limits to get an adrenaline rush. As we meet her, she is BASE jumping off of a skyscraper the same day her
Jordan (The Heart of a Book Blogger)
This review and more can be found at The Heart of a Book Blogger.

Actual Rating: 3.5 stars

I’m a huge fan of heist novels, so I had high expectations for Smash & Grab. While Smash & Grab didn’t quite reach my expectations, it was still a fun and enjoyable read.

The story begins with Lexi and her crew BASE jumping off a building after her father was arrested earlier that day for mortgage fraud. She happens to land on the car Christian and his cousin stole for their upcoming robbery the next day. Whe
Mar 31, 2016 rated it really liked it
Huge thank you to the publisher for letting me read an advanced copy of this book!

I REALLY enjoyed this book! After falling into a little bit of a reading slump I needed something fun that would really drag me into the story and not let go. I didn't want anything TOO heavy and this was just the perfect balance. I LOVE heist movies and books, so I went into this with high hopes and was not disappointed.

Lexi and her crew are thrill seekers. They're young rich LA kids who have issues with their fam
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