Smash & Grab
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 ...more
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 ...more
Diversity Rating: 1 – Tokenism
Racial-Ethnic: 1 (Christian and his friends are Mexican stereotypes; twins Elena and Whitney have “dark brown skin” and Oliver is Japanese)
QUILTBAG: 1 (Leo is gay)
Intersectionality: 0 (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 Oce ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
Actual Rating: 2.5*
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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 ...more
Smash & Grab is about two amateur bank robbers, who after (lite ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
The likes: I loved how the st ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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...more
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 ...more
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’ ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
**Any quotes in this review are subject to change, since they came out of the ARC**
"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...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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