Coin Heist has the feel of an ABC Family made-for-TV movie. It's cheesy, fun, and there's no way in heck it would ever happen in real life! It also has a bit of a Breakfast Club vibe, with teens from different groups coming together for a common purpose, and forging new friendships in the end. Alice is the brain. Jason is the class clown. Dakota is student body vice president. Benny is the scholarship kid. But they all have one thing in common: they need money. More specifically, they need money for their school since Jason's dad--who is the headmaster--gambled away $50 million of the school's funds. Oops.
It all starts with a trip to the US Mint. Alice immediately realized that their computer system isn't very secure, which gets the attention of Jason. He's become a social pariah since the news of his father broke, and he feels like he should fix it. Then Benny overhears Alice and Jason, and wants in on it, because no money, means no scholarship for him. Finally, Dakota wants to lend her skill set, since she wants all of the school's clubs and after school activities back in place for her college applications. They all have everything to gain, and everything to lose, but they're in it to win it!
Of course, there's no way I could believe four high school juniors could ever successfully rob the US Mint. But Coin Heist made me think it was possible for 300 pages! They planned, and planned, and planned some more. They have back up plans for their back up plans. But everything that can go wrong, does go wrong. Details were overlooked for the overarching plot, but that was okay. I was just having so much fun seeing if they could pull it off!
Coin Heist was just a really quick, fun, feel good read. It's one of those books that just lets you turn your mind off and enjoy the ride. I think the outcome is fairly obvious, but that didn't stop my enjoyment of how they got there.