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The Girls I've Been

by Tess Sharpe

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Romance. Suspense. Thriller. Young Adult Fiction. HTML:Soon to be a Netflix film starring Millie Bobbie Brown! In this feminist, suspenseful thriller the daughter of a con artist is taken hostage in a bank heistâ??and will need to tap into all her skills in order to survive.
/> A BUSTLE, REFINERY29, COSMOPOLITAN, BUZZFEED and MARIE CLAIRE MOST ANTICIPATED BOOK of 2021

Nora O'Malley's been a lot of girls. As the daughter of a con-artist who targets criminal men, she grew up as her mother's protégé. But when her mom fell for the mark instead of conning him, Nora pulled the ultimate con: escape.
For five years Nora's been playing at normal. But she needs to dust off the skills she ditched because she has three problems:
#1: Her ex walked in on her with her girlfriend. Even though they're all friends, Wes didn't know about her and Iris.
#2: The morning after Wes finds them kissing, they all have to meet to deposit the fundraiser money they raised at the bank. It's a nightmare that goes from awkward to deadly, because:
#3: Right after they enter the bank, two guys start robbing it.
The bank robbers may be trouble, but Nora's something else entirely. They have no idea who they're really holding hostag… (more)
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Gr 9 Up—Held hostage with her ex-boyfriend and current girlfriend during a bank robbery, Nora must use skills
learned from years spent with her con artist mother to plan an escape. The book alternates between the current
robbery and past scams her mother orchestrated, with the two suspenseful plotlines building to a thrilling conclusion.
  BackstoryBooks | Apr 1, 2024 |
Strong voice for the main protagonist 17 year old Nora O'Malley- matches her grit & steely resolve to power through whatever situation she finds herself in, and in spite of an incredibly inappropriate upbringing by a grifter mom and menacing stepfather/criminal. The novel is at its best in the step by step moments when Nora, her friends Wes & Iris, & a few others are trapped in a local bank by two robbers. Author shifts back and forth from the present moment of danger & imminent death to Nora's past - not as well done? But tense and jaw dropping. Some scenes of violence may be difficult; abuse alluded to without any graphic details. ( )
  BDartnall | Feb 14, 2024 |
If you can suspend your disbelief and go along for the ride, this is an enjoyable book. Basically a reverse heist, which is something I haven't seen before. The teenage master criminal thing stretched the imagination a bit, but it was fun. ( )
  Greenfrog342 | Jan 22, 2024 |
This was so good. Quick witty dangerous. Very well interwoven timelines ( )
  hellokirsti | Jan 3, 2024 |
Wowza! Read this in two sittings. Un-put-downable. ( )
  nogomu | Oct 19, 2023 |
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For the girls who saved me: Elizabeth May, Franny Gaede, and Mercedes Marks. With all my love, T/N
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Romance. Suspense. Thriller. Young Adult Fiction. HTML:Soon to be a Netflix film starring Millie Bobbie Brown! In this feminist, suspenseful thriller the daughter of a con artist is taken hostage in a bank heistâ??and will need to tap into all her skills in order to survive.
A BUSTLE, REFINERY29, COSMOPOLITAN, BUZZFEED and MARIE CLAIRE MOST ANTICIPATED BOOK of 2021

Nora O'Malley's been a lot of girls. As the daughter of a con-artist who targets criminal men, she grew up as her mother's protégé. But when her mom fell for the mark instead of conning him, Nora pulled the ultimate con: escape.
For five years Nora's been playing at normal. But she needs to dust off the skills she ditched because she has three problems:
#1: Her ex walked in on her with her girlfriend. Even though they're all friends, Wes didn't know about her and Iris.
#2: The morning after Wes finds them kissing, they all have to meet to deposit the fundraiser money they raised at the bank. It's a nightmare that goes from awkward to deadly, because:
#3: Right after they enter the bank, two guys start robbing it.
The bank robbers may be trouble, but Nora's something else entirely. They have no idea who they're really holding hostag

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