Author: Elisa Ludwig
Publisher: Adaptive Studios
Publish Date: June 10th, 2014
“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.”
Coin Heist by Elisa Ludwig reminded me a lot of the movie The Perfect Score with Chris Evans. It's got a similar premise: group of high school students who would normally never speak to one another come together to pull off a heist. And even a similar cast of characters: the slacker/stoner looking for redemption, the smart girl who thinks it's fun, the popular girl looking to be bad, and the jock who needs the plan to work to get into college. And, after reading the book, I have to say, it was also just as fun as the movie was to watch.
My favorite part of Coin Heist wasn't the heist itself, but the characters behind it. The book starts out with Alice, the petite tech head who often gets overlooked in favor of the taller, blonder, bustier girls at school, and her crush on Jason, the headmaster's pothead son. When Jason's dad gets arrested for embezzlement and the future of their prep school is in danger, Alice and Jason concoct a plan to rob the Philadelphia Mint, which eventually includes Dakota (tall, blonde and busty herself) and Benny (the scholarship kid from the wrong side of town). I loved how these kids had nothing in common except for the fact that they all had reasons to want to save their school. These four take turns narrating in alternate chapters throughout the book. I can't even say I had favorite because they all stole my heart. They each had their own reasons and problems that made the heist seem like a good idea.
The heist itself, while enjoyable, was riddled with plot holes, but I had fun reading about it. There were times where I knew beyond a doubt that, in real life, this scenario just never would have worked, but it's a story and sometimes you just have to accept unrealistic things in a story. Like, for instance, four teenagers being able to steal coins right off of the presses at the Mint! Logically, it might not work, so if that's what you're looking for, this one is probably not for you, but if you're just looking to lose yourself in an adventure then you might just love Coin Heist.
There is a bit of romance thread throughout Coin Heist. It's a sweet romance though. It's a "like" sort of romance, not a "love" sort. There are no over the top declarations of undying love. These kids really act like they're in high school, you know, except for the whole pulling off huge robberies thing. But there's also the feeling of friendship while reading. Alice, Jason, Dakota and Benny are not friends, but throw anyone into a high pressure theft and they're sure to bond. I especially enjoyed the end because you got to see that, even though they had their differences, they learned and grew because of each other.
Coin Heist is a fast and fun read, that will have you flipping the pages to see what comes next. If you enjoy stories about teenage thieves this is definitely one you'll want to give a try!
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