Saturday, September 19, 2015

Con Academy by Joe Schreiber

by:  Joe Schreiber
published by:  HMH Books for Young Readers
publish date:   August 4, 2015

Meet Will Shea, a con artist who has bluffed his way into one of the nation’s most exclusive private schools. But Will isn’t the only scammer at Connaughton Academy—Andrea Dufresne is there too, and the ivy-covered campus isn’t big enough for the both of them.

So they make a bet—and the winner gets more than just a high school diploma. In this twisty tale of secrets, lies, and deception—it’s hard to figure out who’s double-crossing who. May the best con win!

Ok, so I'm not a con artist so perhaps that is why I don't always get "cons".  I don't understand all the ins and outs of the details and how it all goes together.  And then why anyone actually believes it!  I would watch that show Leverage and be dumbfounded that all this crazy stuff was actually supposed to work.  I guess it does, if all these scams have names, then they must have worked numerous times.  Anyway, I don't get it.

I thought a book about a teenage con artist might be interesting though.  It was ok.  Out of the two, of Will and Andrea, I thought Andrea was a more intriguing character.  I would have liked to have known more about her.  I had really high hopes that this would be a really wild, mad cap caper type book.  Like an Ocean's Eleven type adventure.  It was really nothing like that.  It was just two kids trying to bilk another kid out of some money.  

Would I recommend it, not especially.  I was a little disappointed.  There are plenty of other books out in the world though.  Let's go find another one!

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