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This book moves along like a movie script - scene by scene. That works in a movie as you watch the characters and you learn about them by seeing them interact and grow. I don't think it works as well as a book. I constantly felt like I was missing something. There were back stories and forshadowing and it was really hard to keep it all on target.
The basic story is about Katarina Bishop, a regular old boarding student. Yet - as the story begins she is in the process of getting expelled from school for putting the headmaster's car on top of the fountain in the middle of campus.
But she didn't do it.
The school is her attempt at leaving her crime family and becoming a normal teenager. And it quickly ends as she is framed for a great prank that her friend Hale actually carried out to get her out of school and back with her family.
Turns out her art heisting dad is being accused of a crime he didn't commit by a madman who will stop at nothing to get his paintings back.
Then the madman contacts Ally and makes a deal with her to let her get the paintings back to save her dad.
A ruthless criminal known around the world by his reputation of killing and mayhem is willing to make a deal with a 15 year old girl.
Oh yeah and she just happens to have a millionaire for a best friend/boy friend.
See the problems?
This may be a hit with the middle school crowd - but I really didn't like it. Too predictable and too movie like and too...well just too much!