Reviewed by Neha Kashmiri (age 13) for Reader Views (7/08)
“My name is Danielle. I’m eighteen. I’ve been stealing things as long as I can remember.”
The three short sentences on the inside of the cover flap draw you into the story like an old friend to an adventure. Danielle’s life hasn’t ever been normal. She and her mother have moved from town to town for as long as she can remember. But what they do in these towns is what matters. They steal silver, their drug of choice, from mansions and rich houses. Her father did it, before he was caught, her mother does it, and it’s what she knows how to do. The question is “Is it what she wants to do?”
Dani doesn’t think that the sleepy coastal town of Heaven will be any different from any other place they’ve hit, but in fact it changes her entire life. She feels at home in the small beach town. Allison Donaldson, a nice, talkative girl, tempts Dani with friendship. Then Dani meets Greg, a cute boy that shows up everywhere, who makes her heart flutter and who, inadvertently, gets her to reveal her real name.
As Dani starts to question her job as a thief, she finds out that the next house they’ve targeted is the Donaldson’s—Allison’s house–and that Greg is a cop, who she can never have a relationship with.
“Stealing Heaven” is a captivating coming-of-age novel that everyone who reads it will love. Elizabeth Scott’s writing is natural and funny, I seriously want to get my hands on “Perfect You,” and any of her other books. She really lets you get into the mind of her main character. Dani’s situation is unique and impossible to relate to but you end up doing that anyway. If you want a quick, funny and captivating read, “Stealing Heaven” by Elizabeth Scott is highly recommended.