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 nerd, the slacker, the athlete, and the perfect student - band together to attempt the impossible: rob the U.S. Mint. This 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 will change all of their lives - if they can pull it off.
|Edition description:||Movie Tie-in|
|Product dimensions:||5.40(w) x 7.90(h) x 0.90(d)|
|Age Range:||12 - 17 Years|
About the Author
Elisa Ludwig is the author of Pretty Sly and Pretty Crooked (Katherine Tegen/HarperCollins). She lives in Philadelphia with her husband and son, and though she cased the Mint while researching this book, she's never tried to rob it.
- Author of the highly praised Pretty Crooked series (Harper)
- Author beloved by the blogosphere
- Perfect for fans of Pretty Little Liars and other high-concept reality-based series
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
One of the reasons I added Coin Heist to my wishlist of books I’d like to read in 2014, is because I imagined it to be a YA version of something action-packed like the movies, Ocean’s Eleven or The Italian Job. Reading the book summary after finishing the book, I have to admit I feel a little cheated. Where’s the “suspense”, the “fun”, and the “compelling” the summary has promised?! Every time I put the book down, I had to motivate myself to pick it back up and continue reading; that’s why it took me so long to finish it, because I kept reading other books in between. I can’t even say which one of the four main characters was my favorite, because they were all relatively the same; each void of a unique voice, just with different problems and reasons why they need the money, and all of them from different social standings. This probably explains why I didn’t find it to be a “compelling” read. The missing “fun” and “suspenseful” elements are easy to explain because there aren’t any. What’s so “fun” about reading chapters and chapters of four people complaining about their lives? There wasn’t even any humor to be found anywhere in this story. Warm and fuzzy feels? None. I’ll begrudgingly agree that there is a small amount of suspense in the last few chapters when the actual heist is going down, but I was disappointed that it was only about ten percent of the book. The other ninety percent is to explain every character’s motivation for wanting to rob the U.S. Mint, the little bit of romance that develops, and a little planning for the heist a.k.a., Operation EagleFly. However, this was not such a bad read. A bit on the bland and dramatic side, and missing a couple of promised elements, but not bad at all. The four different perspectives worked well, and the writing flowed easily from one scene to the next. It is clear that a good amount of research went into this book, and I found everything about how the minting process works fairly interesting. I had certain expectations of this book which weren’t met, but I do feel that there will be many who would enjoy Coin Heist thoroughly. I enjoyed it enough to want to read more books by this author. An eARC of this book was provided to me by the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for my honest opinion.
I was given this book in exchange for an honest review. What would you do if your father embezzled money from your school? Rob the Philly MInt? Well that is just what these 4 students did. I really enjoyed this book, kind of had an Ocean's Eleven vibe. The storyline was well-developed and pulled you in from the beginning until the end. The characters were relatable and likeable, pulling you in even more.
To begin I must confess: I love heist themes. Heist movies? Love them! Bring on the Ocean's, Italian Job, Inside Man type movies and keep 'em coming! Heist books? Love, love, love! (My absolute favorite being the YA Heist society series by Ally Carter). In my opinion, we need more YA/Teen Heist books because there are just not enough out there - so needless to say, I was a teeny-tiny bit excited for this and one I got the chance to read the E-Arc a happy dance may or may not have occurred! So, as you can probably gather from the picture and blurb, Coin Heist is about an unlikely group of teens who join forces to plan a heist on the US Mint in order to save their school. To me it was really Heist Society (or for movie reference Ocean's) meets Breakfast Club. So fans of awesome 80's films unlikely groups/teams working together - type stories, heist themes, and/or fun, adventure YA books - this book is probably looking for you! Highlights: * The heist! - I loved reading about the teens getting together, plotting, planning, strategizing and coordinating a heist. *The Plot - Can't say much more for fear of spoilers but: it was fun, it was amusing, and it was engaging! *The characters - I really enjoyed getting to know each character, I liked learning about their personalities and motivations. I also liked that the book did this by changing POVs. This, of course, is always interesting for looking at and learning about other characters as well - I like getting an interpretation of the main characters not just from their own perspective but from others as well. Wishes: * Character POVs - Although I really did enjoy the fact that the story was told from multiple perspectives, one wish would have been for slightly more differentiation between the different character voices. At times I would lose track of who was narrating, although I could pick it up again easy enough as I went along and saw the conversations, etc. * The ending didn't complete do it for me - I was a bit let down by the ending, I wished it happened a bit differently. I guess it was a more realistic (in some ways) idea of how it all plays out but I was hoping for a different resolution. I don't want to spoil the book so I can't really be specific here, but suffice it to say that I was left wanting for a bit more closure. Overall, it was a fun, quick, and light read - perfect for what I'm generally looking for in my summer reads. I enjoyed the heist aspect and the overall idea of the story, I also found the characters to be interesting. Rating 3.5 out of 5 Doxies - Light, fun and definitely worth a read! Recommendations Heist Society by Ally Carter Also Known As by Robin Benway
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!