Title: Thieving Weasels
Author: Bill Taylor
Genre: YA, fiction
Part of a series? No
Release date: August 23rd, 2016
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 and was first arrested in a mall at four years old for aiding his mother in shop lifting. Over the years as they moved from town to town names changed. He was Bobby, Timmy, Richie, Matthew, Mark, Luke and John. He and the rest of the family would work conns- welfare fraud, social security, identity theft, burglary…. when one area dried up or got suspicious it was on to the next.
By age 13, Skip knew he wanted out. He wanted to be good and normal! He exceled at school and wanted to be top of his class but his mother would never allow it, he couldn’t stand out like that. When his grandfather died he gave his money to Skip- unfortunately the rest of the family doesn’t know this. Skip left town for Wheaton with the money, and the family thought he had stolen it- trouble is they thought Grandpa had a lot more than what he had. So years later he is taken from school by Uncle Wonderful for one last heist.
The family has been hired to whack Fat Nicky, though Vinny and Wonderful promise no one will die. All they need to do is convince the client that they did by giving him a photo of Sinatra and Fat Nicky. Simple right? But the con starts unraveling right away- one thing after another falling apart in a way that is just too convenient. It leaves Skip wondering… who’s the Mark? The client, Fat Tony, or him? And how can he guarantee that the family will leave him be after this? It’s time to out weasel the weasels.
I loved this book! It was witty and intriguing with a cast of characters that were spirited and hilarious. The story was fast paced and enjoyable and the plot was amazing. I loved Skip, the sarcastic ex con who only wants to left alone to lead a normal life, yet still loves his mother enough to worry over her. There were so many little twists in the plot that it was entertaining to sit back and guess where it was going. Honestly this was a good quick read- plus Skip’s a hoot!
On the adult content scale… a four. There is talk of violence, more ways to break the law than I can count, language and drinking; but it’s not bad. I would give this book to my thirteen year old niece without worry.
The book comes out 8-23-16- go get it!
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