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HEIST SOCIETY by Ally Carter won the what-do-we-review-first poll (thanks for voting guys!). For a bit of extra fun, we decided we’d discuss it! (Any excuse to use GIFs, right?)
When Katarina Bishop was three, her parents took her on a trip to the Louvre…to case it. For her seventh birthday, Katarina and her Uncle Eddie traveled to Austria…to steal the crown jewels. When Kat turned fifteen, she planned a con of her own—scamming her way into the best boarding school in the country, determined to leave the family business behind. Unfortunately, leaving “the life” for a normal life proves harder than she’d expected.
Soon, Kat’s friend and former co-conspirator, Hale, appears out of nowhere to bring Kat back into the world she tried so hard to escape. But he has a good reason: a powerful mobster has been robbed of his priceless art collection and wants to retrieve it. Only a master thief could have pulled this job, and Kat’s father isn’t just on the suspect list, he is the list. Caught between Interpol and a far more deadly enemy, Kat’s dad needs her help.
For Kat, there is only one solution: track down the paintings and steal them back. So what if it’s a spectacularly impossible job? She’s got two weeks, a teenage crew, and hopefully just enough talent to pull off the biggest heist in her family’s history–and, with any luck, steal her life back along the way.
CAIT: I have to be upfront with you blogglings today: I am HUGELY disappointed…that I couldn’t find many Ocean’s Eleven GIFs for this post.
MIME: See, Cait has two loves in life. GIFs, and thief movies. So when there are no GIFs of her thief movies, she cries.
CAIT: Wails, actually.
MIME: Like an Italian who’s had their paintings stolen.
CAIT: Which brings us to HEIST SOCIETY by Ally Carter (and also every single other thief/criminal movie in the universe), where paintings go missing.
MIME: And thus ensues an epic crime caper to return the paintings to their original owner.
CAIT: So, to be honest, HEIST SOCIETY wasn’t the most original story I’ve read. At all. Not even close.
MIME: As we all know, Cait is very fussy about her books. But in this case, I kind of have to agree with her.
MIME: The book is, in fact, The Italian Job meets Ocean’s Eleven, meets YA Literature. And while that makes for a hilarious book, it doesn’t make for many unexpected twists.
CAIT: The humour is the laugh-out-loud kind. Now, to be honest, the only other book I’ve had to stop reading because I was laughing so hard was Ranger’s Apprentice. So, this is really, really funny! Half the time the jokes don’t even make sense! Now that’s funny, right?!
MIME: We all agreed the monkey seemed perfectly well trained at the time.
CAIT: See?! That’s hilarious! But…what?! Anyway! It’s my kind of humour. Also, there are Princess Bride and Batman references in here. Does that not make a book really awesome?
MIME: Settle down there, puppy. And if the humour wasn’t awesome enough, there were the characters. The classic thievery crew. We, first off, have Kat Bishop. Her name is Katarina, which sounds Italian, but she is not. She’s the crew leader.
CAIT: Like Danny Ocean!
|Danny Ocean and Rusty|
MIME: Then we have Hale. He’s Mr. Smooth. The money of the whole expedition. The second in command, and the one who the crew leader bounces ideas off.
CAIT: Like Rusty!
|Rusty from Ocean’s Eleven|
MIME: And what is a crew without a computer geek? Here we have Simon, the techno, gittery, under-confident guy who is practically a super genius.
CAIT: Like Livingston Dell from Ocean’s and The Napster from The Italian Job!
MIME: And there are the twins, Hamish and Angus, who are… kind of useless. But very fun.
CAIT: The Malloy brothers!
|The Malloy brothers from Ocean’s Eleven.|
MIME: And then there is Nick, who is the lifter (pick pocket). He has sketchy relatives, and the outsider of the group, invited in for his lifting skills.
CAIT: Like Linus!
|Linus, Danny Ocean, and Rusty|
MIME: Okay, Simba. Do you have anything intelligent to say?
CAIT: Even though the book has a huge cast, it’s really easy to see everyone. I never got them confused (except for, maybe, Hamish and Angus, but they had a collective personality). Everyone had quirks and awesome personalities! Like Hamish and Angus…tangoing.
MIME: Did we mention it’s hilarious? I think we did. Though I was a little disappointed about how, when it got to the epic heist at the end… they’d thought of EVERYTHING.
CAIT: Come one. Real people make mistakes.
MIME: There was a slight lack of mistakes, yes. For fifteen-year-olds, the crew was VERY mature, VERY smart, and VERY rich.
CAIT: I would like to be that combination.
MIME: Marry a criminal.
CAIT: Top of my to-do-list.
MIME: So, to sum up: While the book doesn’t provide a lot of intellectual stimulation, the humourus ploys of character developement and induvidual personality ensured that the overall enjoyment of the book remained high. It will take an esteemed place in my memory, despite its cliches.
Cait and Mime consider this a successful discussion, considering no one has been defenestrated. (Look it up. It’s an awesome word for everyday use.) After their holiday, they’re attempting to get back into normal routine. That is: eating and reading. Simultaneously. Cait is reading Eat Brains Love by Jeff Hart. Mime is watching her with disgust.