Review by Elisa Maria Crites
Sixteen-year-old Roxi had never lived in a home where she felt wanted and loved. The closest thing to a real family had been when she went to live with her Aunt Irene and her son, Diego. Irene and Diego made their living by traveling around the country stealing used books and reselling them. Irene trained Roxi to aid in the thefts and Roxi tried to please her aunt in the hopes Irene would love her.
The day they hit the Book Barn, Roxi’s job was to distract the clerk long enough for her aunt and cousin to steal books, but Roxi became nervous and struggled with guilt. In Irene’s greed, she announced that they were going to go back to the store, but at night when it was closed. Roxi and Diego were not comfortable adding breaking and entering into their routine, but smooth talking Irene convinced them to go along with her plan. The plan backfired when the owner of the store surprised them in the middle of their heist. In the next moments, Diego pulled a gun and the events that followed, would turn their lives inside out.
C.J. Darlington did an exceptional job of weaving this story with suspense and creating characters I cared about. Tyndale House provided me with this copy to read and I’m so privileged to have read it. I loved this story and look forward to reading more of her work. It’s easy to see why C.J. is an award winning author.
Age Range: 14 and up
Publisher: Tyndale House
Release date: March 2011