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I also have to be honest, Jaigirdar does not meaningfully engage with any of the diversity her characters are supposed to bring.

The big steal that is intended was always going to end in disaster, as the countdown reinforces at the beginning of every chapter. Okay, now I want you to forget almost everything I’ve said to this point, because these women, these people who lived and who died, aren’t just numbers, and we shouldn’t reduce them to a statistic, that does them a disservice. Adiba Jaigirdar was born in Dhaka, Bangladesh, and has been living in Dublin, Ireland from the age of ten. Adiba Jaigirdar has crafted an extraordinary heist following four girls who use their unique talents to steal a prize—and find courage within themselves.The book is fast paced which I guess is normal for a ya book, but the writing was very simple and often times flat, and the events seemed so rushed that it felt mostly like a middle grade instead of a young adult book. We’re given very simple explanations as to why these people were chosen for the task, we’re told “hey this person is VERY good at this” and we just have to trust what the story tells us because we have no proof of it since we don’t really see them in action. You bet your ass it is, and this sadness is a dark cloud that hangs over the events of the book and feels almost inescapable, thanks in no small part to the book’s dedication, as Adiba nobly pays her respects to those souls, the ones we’ve lost the last few years.

I will be the first to acknowledge that socioeconomic privilege plays a big role in how you navigate the world - but in a time period where visibly being BIPOC got you horrific treatment and often dangerous backlash - I had no interest in holding Violet's hand and walking her through the epiphany on why her white privilege actually gave her an advantage over every one of her BIPOC heist members. But careless mistakes, old grudges, and new romance threaten to jeopardize everything they've worked for and put them in incredible danger when tragedy strikes. When not writing, she is probably ranting about the ills of colonialism, playing video games, or expanding her overflowing lipstick collection.But careless mistakes, old grudges and new romances threaten to jeopardise everything they've worked towards. Determined to protect her kids, Tamara must rely on her faith and her wits as she faces absolute evil. However, I did like how past actions and connections are revealed when the characters are already onboard. If major character deaths are the only thing that are keeping your reader interested, then something is very wrong with your plot. I was first interested in this book because it mentions the Titanic, which is one of my biggest interests, and then when I saw that it featured four girls coming together to commit a heist I was sold.

Each of the girls has a special talent and, together, they possess the skills to claim this piece of history as their own. Josefa is a consummate swindler with a feisty personality and a dogged approach to everything she does.So far, I have enjoyed all of Adiba Jairgirdar’s books and I am looking forward to reading The Do’s and Donuts of Love, as well as any other book she comes out with! A heart-pounding, romantic adventure from the award-winning author of Hani and Ishu’s Fake Guide to Dating.

Historical fiction doesn't have enough of a lens on the experiences of BIPOC people but the rep we found in this book was painfully lackluster.

It was the skeleton of a heist, lacking all of the meat and muscle that would have made it substantial.

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