by Natasha Deen
GENRE: YA (Action-suspence)
On a dare from his girlfriend's brother, Javvan steals a neighbor's car. Now he's got a criminal record and a bigger problem: get a job or violate his parole. Endless interviews later and no one will hire him because of his criminal record. Whatever happened to a second chance? Finally, he gets a gig with a contractor named Kevin, and Javvan figures his life is on an upswing. Too bad Kevin's a thief and he's given Javvan one choice. Help him steal, or he'll make sure Javvan ends up back in jail.
It 's a novel short but very intense, so engaging that I read it in one sitting. The pace is fast, flowing and there is not a single boring page.
We become attached immediately to the young Indian man, protagonist of this story. He's a naive teenager, lost in love with a girl. To impress her and to respond to the provocations of her brother makes a reckless act and steal a luxury car. Obviously he gets caught and arrested. He doesn't end up in jail but is on probation. He must demonstrate that it was only the reckless act of a good guy. When it seems that everything is improving, his ingenuity deceives him again: is being blackmailed by the only people who should help him. He must make a bad action unless he wants go to jail. How will he go out from this agony?
This story is so well written and engaging that we can perceive perfectly anguish and fear of Javvan, especially when he discovers that one can no longer trust anyone.
The characters in this story are divided into two distinct categories: the good ones and the bad ones. The good characters are lovable, kind, naive, honest. The bad ones are false, unscrupulous, willing to do anything to get the well-being and luxury. Also to destroy the life of an honest and naive boy.
It's the second book I read by this author, I hope to read her again, I like so much her stories very addictive.
If you love the genre YA Sleight of Hand is a book to add to your list.
“Remember that house we did yesterday?”
“The wife phoned. Says they’re missing some stuff from the home
It’s enough to make me almost throw up. “Kevin, I was on the phone with
you. Whatever they say is missing—”
“Some money and a watch.”
“You know I didn’t take it. I don’t even remember seeing anything like
He watches me for a minute, then smiles. “Yeah, I know you didn’t.”
Kevin walks over, puts his hand on my shoulder.
“But the problem is your fingerprints are on the drawer handle,
“Yeah.” I twist in my chair so I can see his face, but he’s already moving
to stand in front of me. “But you can explain that. I mean, I was just doing
what you told me to.”
He leans against the desk, crosses his arms. “I could.”
The way he says it—like he knows something I don’t—makes my stomach
AUTHOR Bio and Links:
Natasha Deen’s family moved to Canada to escape the racial violence and political unrest of Guyana, South America. Her other books include Burned, Sleight of Hand, True Grime, and Guardian, which was a 2015 CCBC Best Pick for Kids and Teens, and nominated for a 2015 Sunburst Award. Natasha lives in Edmonton, Alberta with her family, where she spends A LOT of time arguing with her cats and dogs about who’s the boss of the house.
Visit her at www.natashadeen.com
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