Genres: Young Adult
on August 23rd 2016
Published by Dial Books Source: Publisher
Skip O’Rourke is dragged into one last con . . . but he doesn’t know the con’s on him in this funny, page-turning debut YA for fans of Winger and Ocean’s Eleven.
Cameron Smith attends an elite boarding school and has just been accepted to Princeton University alongside his beautiful girlfriend, Claire. Life for Cameron would be perfect, except that Cameron Smith is actually Skip O’Rourke, and Skip O’Rourke ran away from his grifter family four years ago…along with $100,000 of their “earnings” (because starting a new life is not cheap). But when his uncle Wonderful tracks him down, Skip’s given an ultimatum: come back to the family for one last con, or say good-bye to life as Cameron.
“One last con” is easier said than done when Skip’s family is just as merciless (and just as manipulative) as they’ve always been, and everyone around him is lying. Skip may have given up on crime, but there’s one lesson he hasn’t forgotten: always know your mark. And if you don’t know who your mark is . . . it’s probably you.
When you are 17 years old, you pretty much think your family is the worse. Of course you would be wrong because Skip O’Rourke wins the award for the worse family ever. When Skip was growing up, his mother wasn’t teaching him how to read or write, she taught him how to con people. Skip grew up moving from school to school never making any real friends or learning anything other than crime. When Skip was 4 years old he discovered just how messed up his life really was and he wanted out. Nine years later at, 13, Skip finally runs away from his terrible family and starts school at prestigious Wheaton Academy.
Skip has worked hard at Wheaton, earning a 3.92 GPA, he is nationally ranked in Lacrosse and just got accepted to Princeton. Have I mentioned Claire in all this? She’s Skip’s very rich, very smart girlfriend who knows nothing about his past, she also knows him as Cam Smith. Skip returns to his dorm room just after seeing Claire leave for the summer only to find an intruder has destroyed the place. And so it begins. Skip is dragged back home and into the worse scam of his life.
Thieving Weasels was an enjoyable read. Skip’s smart mouth made me laugh more than once, I’ve never been so accepting of my family either! I’m not sure what it was but I felt like the ending was rushed. There was so much lead up to the final con and not a lot of follow-up after it, the story seemed to just drop off. None the less it was a good, quick read that kept me entertained.