Val used to have friends- really. But first one and the another moved, and soon she felt herself begin to fade away. That's when Francie Knight happened. Francie is that kind of girl. It's always the blonde, isn't it? The minute Francie calls Val's name at the mall-zing- Val has a near-life experience. She knows nothing will ever be the same.
Francie says that at the mall, you don't steal because you want it. You steal because it's yours already. When Francie happened was the moment Val had been afraid of. The moment she stopped being good- and started taking what she deserves.
Hmm. This is another one of those reviews where I don't know how to start. So, list of things here I come.
1. First good thing would be the plotline. Original, I would say. I've never read many books about shoplifting, but I may have to find some more after reading this. I liked it.
2. For some reason, I really really liked the first few paragraphs of the book. It talks about jokes and how people always laugh at the wrong time, and I just really liked it. The stuff about how people laugh at the wrong time is mildly thought provoking.
3. The book is funny, but not in a "Hahaha" way. It's more of a dark, sarcastic kind of funny.
4. Characters= irritating and highly unlikeable. They were well developed and all, but they were just so annoying. Francie is a lying, stealing, and almost arrogant person, which is never a good combination. Val seems to be a much better person and you feel sorry for her when she wallows in her self pity, but that pity is pretty much gone once she becomes a shoplifter like Francie. And in the end, she's twice as bad as Francie was.
Despite hating the characters, I enjoyed the book. I definitely think people would like it, so you should all check it out when it's released in September.