18-year-old Danielle lives with her mother and they are professional thieves. They move quickly from affluent town to affluent town, staying only long enough to find out the information they need and steal what they target, and then they move on. Dani has learned to keep invisible and not form any connections. It may not be the life she wants deep down inside, but it's all she has, all she's ever known.
At the beach town of Heaven, however, things begin to be different. Dani meets several people she thinks she can actually be friends with--if not more. Unfortunately, her and her mother's lives demand that she not make friends, not feel like she wants to settle down.
This puts stress on her budding relationships with two people: Allison, a talkative but genuine girl who lives in the mansion that her mother is targeting next; and Greg, a young and funny local cop who seems intent on making her smile--but he's a cop!
How can Dani not lose her mother's love and respect, while learning how to go for what she wants?
Elizabeth Scott's books remind me very much of Sarah Dessen's. The characters are well-developed. Greg in particular is charming and will make every girl wish he was real. This is a fun and moving read.
Dani is a thief. She and her mother travel around the country stealing from rich people. They make jokes and laugh at the people who settle down and live their lives in the suburbs, but all the while Dani secretly longs for the life her mother ridicules. She's never gone to school or had to follow the rules most girls do. In fact, her mother is constantly pushing her to have more fun, but Dani knows that there's much more than fun missing from her seemingly carefree life. She's never stayed in one place or let her guard down long enough to have a boyfriend or a best friend. She's never had any friend, for that matter, that she could even tell her real name - until she arrives in Heaven and her whole life is turned upside down when she realizes people don't always fit into their cookie cutter molds. This is a great coming of age story about a girl struggling to find the true meaning of love, trust and friendship from a unique point of view. I didn't expect to like Dani, but I did. You just can't help it. This is one of those stories that anyone can relate to and helps you to realize that no matter how different people may seem, we all want to be accepted and find that one place where we know we belong.