When I read the inside flap on this book to see what it was about, I thought "Oh great, let's glamourize criminals". I have to say, though, I really enjoyed this book. It was fun, fast, and full of the sort of teenagers I would like to have hanging around my house (I don't have any valuable art so it would be okay.) It is a sort of Ocean's 11 for teenagers.
Kat Bishop is the main character and being an art thief is the family tradition. She has been doing it since she was 5 and used as a distraction while her parents did the stealing. She decides to walk away from it all and enrolls herself at an exclusive New England boarding school (a con in itself). She gets expelled after allegedly pulling a prank. She finds herself pulled back into the world of art thieves when her father is accused of stealing 5 valuable paintings from a really bad guy named Arturo Taccone. Taccone tells Kat that she must get her father to return the paintings or bad things will start happening. Her father insists that he did not take them. Kat must then pull together a heist in order to get the paintings to give them back to Taccone so that he won't hurt any of her loved ones.
There is very little to complain about other than the bad examples of the main (and very likeable) characters being thieves and con men. Rated PG.