Song Of The Moment- Good Riddance by Green Day
by Elisa Ludwig
Pub. Date - June 10th 2014
How I Got It: Review copy through Netgalley
The last place you’d expect to find a team of criminals is at a prestigious Philadelphia prep school. But on a class trip to the U.S. Mint – which prints a million new coins every 30 minutes – an overlooked security flaw becomes far too tempting for a small group of students to ignore.
United by dire circumstances, these unlikely allies – the slacker, the nerd, the athlete, and the "perfect" student – band together to attempt the impossible: rob the U.S. Mint. The diverse crew is forced to confront their true beliefs about each other and themselves as they do the wrong thing for the right reasons.
Elisa Ludwig's Coin Heist is a fun, suspenseful, and compelling thriller, told from the revolving perspectives of four teens, each with their own motive for committing a crime that could change all of their lives for the better—if they can pull it off.
My Rating: 3.5 stars
What to say? I really enjoyed this book, it's a fast fun read, something good for when you don't want something that is going to hook you and take up hours of your time but you still want something, this is that something. It has a nice variety in it's four main characters and I loved seeing things from each of their perspectives especially when it came to what they thought about each other and how you knew they were wrong for judging and then you got to see them changing their minds as they get to know each other they way you already do, that was probably my favorite part. The thing was none of them were very likable characters, I mean I guess the point was you got to see the differences between how they think they are and then how they act around other people, but just as I would read a chapter from one characters perspective and start to really love them they would be completely unlikable in the next chapter, this for me mainly happened with Alice. I guess my main problem with this book is while it was fun and enjoyable it's also forgettable, it's been like four hours since I finished it and I'm already having trouble remembering what I liked and disliked about this book.
Dakota - I really enjoyed her character and her romance with Benny.
Jason - So he's kinda a flaky tool, he still really grew on me throughout the book.
Benny - I did like Benny but also I felt he was more than a little cliche
The premise - While not totally realistic it was still really fun to read about the "heist"
Alice - I wanted to like Alice I did, but on top of the whole switching personalities thing, between chapters told in her POV and the other chapters where she was mostly kind of a b****, she was the only one who didn't really care, she didn't have a reason for the heist, she wasn't trying to save the school or right a wrong or save her scholarship, she just wanted to prove that she was smart enough to do it, which just irritated me.
Unrealistic - Mainly to me it was that the thought of four high school students being able to or wanting to pull off this "heist" that I found unrealistic and like if it's so easy why hadn't actual criminals figured it out before? I know I know it's a book!
Overall - It's a nice quick read when you don't want to have to think about what you are reading, when you just want a short escape, but not the best.
Would I Recommend this? Ummm. Yes. If you want something fun and quick without a lot of substance or swoony moments.
Would I read more from this author? I would consider it, if the book sounding interesting then probably yes.
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