Book Review: STEALING HEAVEN

stealing heaven coverAuthor: Elizabeth Scott

Number of Pages: 320

Publisher: HarperTeen

Release Date: May 27, 2008

“My name is Danielle. I’m eighteen. I’ve been stealing things for as long as I can remember.
Dani has been trained as a thief by the best–her mother. Together, they move from town to town, targeting wealthy homes and making a living by stealing antique silver. They never stay in one place long enough to make real connections, real friends–a real life.
In the beach town of Heaven, though, everything changes. For the first time, Dani starts to feel at home. She’s making friends and has even met a guy. But these people can never know the real Dani–because of who she is. When it turns out that her new friend lives in the house they’ve targeted for their next job and the cute guy is a cop, Dani must question where her loyalties lie: with the life she’s always known–or the one she’s always wanted.”

– Goodreads.com

I’m not going to lie- this book was a dud. When I read a synopsis of it I thought it sounded interesting. Before this one, I had never read a book that focused on the topic of stealing. I know there are many out there, but it’s just something I had never read about. I really wanted to like this book, but it just wasn’t happening. After fifty pages I literally had to force myself to read it because I just wanted to get it over with. For me, that’s a rare event.

Dani’s mother annoyed me SO MUCH. She was selfish, had no common sense, and all she cared about was stealing and selling silver. Honestly, most of the time she acted like Dani was her servant instead of her daughter. And I swear, almost every single sentence she spoke to Dani had the word “baby” in it. That was an awful choice on the author’s part, because by the end I was ready to throw the book across my bedroom and against the wall. Dani herself was annoying as well. She had no common sense or self-control. For example, she kept agreeing to hang out with Greg, even though she knew he was a cop. This wouldn’t have been irritating if it wasn’t for the fact that she kept acknowledging it by repeatedly saying he’s a cop EVERY SINGLE TIME he was mentioned in the story. It made me want to scream: YOU KNOW HE’S A COP. I KNOW HE’S A COP. WE GET IT. Seriously.

I don’t really have much more to say. The concept of the story was good, however it just was not executed well in the slightest. All in all, this was not an enjoyable read.

My Rating: :0) :0) 2 out of 5 smileys, purely for the fact that the initial concept behind the book was good.

Would I recommend it to a friend?: No. Definitely not.

Yours,

HOLLY

 

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