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.
I’m going to start by saying I really need to stop having expectations for books, because it’s sort of ruining my life. Why books ? Why? The world keeps turning while I’m over here dealing with the crushing reality that thus far this year- books are disappointing me. I don’t understand what’s happening to me, am I becoming unpleasable? Who can know ( and the answer is always- not me).
Moving forward or rather just focusing on the book at hand – Thieving Weasels by Billy Taylor.
What I Liked:
- Male Protagonist : Don’t ask me why but I love reading and writing in male POV.
- Cam Smith or Skip O’Rourke : Is the most adorable thing ever. I love his moral character and how he is honest about it not being easy to be …..well honest. Growing up in a family of weasels makes him know how the world of cons works, but he also knows how to be better than them.
- All Characters stayed in Role : Nothing is more annoying than reading a book and characters changing mid way through. I understand character development, but I’m talking about just changing for no real reason. Despicable relatives stayed despicable , Cam did what he had to do but still kept true to his beliefs in being a better person.
- Cam and Claire : equals total cuteness. The way they met was totally adorable and I just loved every moment they were together.
- Dialogue was witty and funny. I wasn’t bored reading their conversations or Cameron’s thoughts for that matter.
What I Disliked :
- This book was full of triggers: I know different things bother different people so I wanted to name some of the things just for other readers benefit. These include : Mild swearing, drinking (and underage drinking), smoking pot, a gentleman’s club ( or a cross between Hooters and a Strip -club), Suicide attempt, car accident where someone dies, infidelity. Those are the main ones I can think of. However nothing is graphic or highly detailed.
- The Cover : I don’t judge books by their cover, I judge by content. That being said what’s so wrong with pretty covers?
It was actually good besides the above named things I would consider triggers. Though the book wasn’t what I expected it was still an enjoyable read. I liked the view into the con artist family life.
Forever & Always ,
Have you read “Thieving Weasels” ? Do you like books about con artists and the world of thievery? Do you ever read a book and it disappoint you but still be good?