I dub Ally Carter “The Queen of Pacing”. Never have I read such a rapid-paced, unputdownable YA book.
Reading her book helped me grasp how the pacing wasn’t working in my own YA story. Double benefit–great book and I learned more about the craft of writing.
Her story is an international thrill ride whose short chapters will take you jet-setting across the world.
I wanted to hang out with every character in the book from the patriarchal Uncle Eddie to the nerd-suave Simon.
Kat is truly a riveting character, a 15-year-old girl who walked away from the family business (thieves) to con her way into a boarding school and have a normal life. Who wouldn’t want to know more about a girl like that?
Carter gives you just enough backstory to keep you yearning for more and turning those pages.
The book flap hooked me with its first line “When Katarina Bishop was three, her parents took her to the Louvre…to case it.”
Mind-decimatingly high concept.
I picked the book up and devoured it in 24 hours.
Better than a bag of Sour Patch Kids. I kept saying just one more and then finished the book.
This is my kind of YA, where the romance is a minor element of the story. Maybe I’m not girly enough, but first love gets me gagging after the dozenth version of it.
The book has already been optioned for a movie. I can see why. I fell in love with it at first read. I downloaded the next book for my trip to Asia, Uncommon Criminals.
You can pick up a copy of Heist Society on Amazon.