Review: Smash & Grab

Amy Christine Parker - Smash & Grab
Expected publication: July 19, 2016 by Random House
Genres: Contemporary, Thriller, Young Adult
Pages: 384
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Rating: 1/5

LEXI is a rich girl who loves a good rush. Whether it’s motorcycle racing or BASE jumping off a building in downtown Los Angeles, the only times she feels alive are when she and her friends are executing one of their dares. After her father’s arrest, Lexi doesn’t think twice about going undercover at his bank to steal the evidence that might clear his name. She enlists her hacker brother and her daredevil friends to plan a clever heist.

CHRISTIAN is a boy from the wrong side of the tracks. The local gang has blackmailed him and his friends into robbing banks, and he is desperate for a way out. When the boss promises that one really big job will be the last he ever has to do, Christian jumps at the chance for freedom. In fact, he’s just met a girl at the bank who might even prove useful. . . .

Two heists. One score. The only thing standing in their way is each other.

I could never commit a crime. I would be the first to confess. I'm too scared to do most things. One of the coolest things I've ever done was sneak into a movie theater. Our movie (The Age of Adaline) was boring and ended early. My brother-in-law was watching the recent Fast & Furious, so my sister and I snuck in to find him. We only caught the last twenty minutes, but it was pretty awesome. I told my mom later, and she was like: "Wow. You must've been so scared."

Smash & Grab is about two amateur bank robbers, who after (literally) colliding into one another while robbing the same bank, begin to fall for one another.

Lexi is a rich girl. She and her friends rob banks for the LOLs and adrenaline rush. Because Starbucks is so yesterday, I assume. But when her father is arrested for a crime she believes he didn't commit, she wants only to clear his name by breaking into the bank and destroying whatever evidence may remain.

Meanwhile, Christian is dirt-poor. He's been blackmailed into robbing banks. But when he's accepted to his dream college, he wants only to get out of the crooked deal and make sure his name remains clean.

This books makes robbing banks seem so easy. They tie up the bank clerks, shove guns in their faces, and run to the vault. Of course, the police sirens are always miles away, and they always have enough time to get away every time. I was heavily disappointed by the ending.

The romance is pretty innocent. Lexi and Christian kiss twice throughout the whole novel. But their second kiss is beyond creepy. He kinda...forces himself on her in front of his friends and when she tries to pull away, he kisses her harder? Not sure how to explain it, but it's just bizarre.

The occasional Spanish, ala Christian, is pesky. He's Mexican. Yay for diversity, but we never receive a full conversation in Spanish, actually. It's really an alphabet soup of nouns, which you've probably learnt in a language class.

So I liked none of this, actually. It was a dread to finish and there were no notable personalities. There were far too many side-characters. Worth a pass.


  1. I've been curious about this one so thank you for the review! It sounds pretty bad so I may have to give it a pass.

    1. Yeah, this was slightly disappointing, especially since I adore the concept. Glad I could help!


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