I wish it wasn't.
Most girls Danielle's age are moving between high school and college, moving from one part of their lives to the next, moving on to a new school and a new job, moving away from their parents.
Danielle has never been to school. She has spent her life helping her mother steal and move from town to town. Even though her father was jailed for thievery, his remaining family members have made it their work and their lives. Danielle's mom specializes in stealing silver from homes and other establishments. Though she knows stealing is wrong and illegal, Danielle doesn't know how to get out of it. She has never known anything else, and she's never had a lasting relationship with anyone other than her mother.
When the ladies go to a breezy little town called Heaven, their attempts to take it all may split them apart. Two residents of Heaven quickly complicate Danielle's life: a rich girl named Allison who wants to be her friend, and a young man named Greg who wants to date her. Allison's family is Danielle's mother's next target, and Greg happens to be a cop.
For Danielle - or Dani, the nickname Greg gives her quickly and fits her completely - this isn't simply a moral tale. This is her life story. It's time for her to make it her own.
Stealing Heaven offers a unique premise, and the story grows when Dani's conscience really starts to kicks in. As in her previous novels (Bloom and Perfect You), Elizabeth Scott allows readers to truly get into the mind of the main character. Dani isn't your typical teenager, so her situation might provide escapism for some while giving others food for thought.
Check out my interview with Elizabeth Scott and read my reviews of her other novels, including Bloom, Perfect You, and The Unwritten Rule.