Today I'm reviewing How to Lead a Life of Crime by Kirsten Miller.
Anywhere else, they’d be vermin. At the Mandel Academy, they’re called prodigies. The most exclusive school in New York City has been training young criminals for over a century. Only the most ruthless students are allowed to graduate. The rest disappear.
Flick, a teenage pickpocket, has risen to the top of his class. But then Mandel recruits a fierce new competitor who also happens to be Flick’s old flame. They’ve been told only one of them will make it out of the Mandel Academy. Will they find a way to save each other—or will the school destroy them both?
Review after the jump!
Review: First things first, this book is amazingly fierce and Kirsten Miller should be applauded for her fearlessness in taking characters down the rabbit hole of crazy. Second, I was put off by this book at first, I must admit. The cover and the summary seemed fabulously original, a sort of Hogwarts for criminals, right? WRONG. While technically correct, the summary does the book a disservice by making things seem much more simple than they really are, although I suppose that's also brilliant? Anyway, the story is actually much deeper and horrific than is implied by the summary, but at the same time it's pretty damn awesome. I would highly recommend it for mature teens (probably at least 16 or 17 years old) due to the violent content. If you've already read this and are looking for another YA novel equally as dark, I would recommend the I Hunt Killers trilogy by Barry Lyga.
Rating: 5/5 stars