Stealing Heaven by Elizabeth Scott
Danielle (Dani) has been stealing all her life. She and her mom move from town to town, sneaking into people's houses and taking their expensive silver. Then Dani and her mom move to Heaven and Dani starts making friends. Real friends. The kind that she can laugh and joke with. Soon Dani finds herself caught between the life that she's always known and the life that she wants.
This book was definitely a fascinating read. I was rooting for Dani the whole time. I loved it because, unlike a lot of teen novels, there was never a moment where she made a decision that she shouldn't have. Don't get me wrong...she did make bad decisions. It was just that she was always caught between loyalty to her mom and the more nebulous notion of "doing the right thing." This is compounded by the fact that one of Dani's new friends is a cute, young cop who she just happens to be crushing on.
Why did I wait so long to read this book? I loved Elizabeth Scott's previous books and this on has been sitting on my bookshelf for months. Well, to be honest, it was the cover. The girl on the front looks like she's 13 and I just wasn't into reading a book about a girl that young. It wasn't until I read several other reviews that I realized that it was about an 18-year-old. So, don't judge this book by its cover.
Favorite part: the title. It's so perfect on so many levels. And there's a fun little surprise at the end that had me loving it even more.