September 2013, MDA books, 94 pages, Ebook, Review copy
Themes: family holiday, Las Vagas, family history, being sisters, taking risks, disappointment, theft, loss, found things
Content: Minor teen romance, tension, happy ending
Summary from MDA Books
When eighteen-year-old Miranda chases a purse snatcher on the Las Vegas Strip, the last thing she expects is for the pursuit to turn into an extended game of hide-and-seek. All Miranda wants are the old black and white photographs buried at the bottom of her purse. They’re the only things she has left of the grandmother she never knew. But how much is she willing to put on the line to save them? And is it possible she’s falling in love with a thief?
Squee! Michelle is a dear online friend, but I do review her books like any others. It's not my fault she writes one with a thief in and a spunky heroine who I rooted for even when she was being a complete moron. I mean, what kind of teen girl chases after a thief? Miranda does. I was having her sister's reaction, but I admired Miranda's spontaneity. Her view on life is similar to mine, and her empathy towards grandmother's photos kept her playing the odd games the thief makes her play. He was courteous and played them in public places, so slowly she got what she wanted...and a whole lot more!
It was realistic how her mother reacts to the theft of her bag - I'm smiling because in the book the US term purse is used, whereas in the UK a purse is a female version of a wallet. Anyway, I'd love to see the look on both Miranda's parents and the thief's father's face when they learn the end of the book. Sigh. Maybe a sequel will happen...it eventually did for my favourite book of Michelle's, The Breakaway, so I'm not giving up hope yet!
You can find out more on Michelle's website.
If you like the sound of this then you have to read The Breakaway (Young Adult, 10E/10E) Somehow I don't yet have a review of it's sequel - will reread/listen to it later in the year ^o^