Heist School Freshmen

Heist School Freshmen

by Alan Gallauresi


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ISBN-13: 9781494732042
Publisher: CreateSpace Publishing
Publication date: 12/17/2013
Pages: 306
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.64(d)

About the Author

Alan Gallauresi is the author of the young adult crime adventure "Heist School Freshmen" and co-author of the upcoming self-help book "You're Already Rich! A Self Help Guide to Making Billions with Time Travel." He is currently writing the sequel to "Heist School Freshmen," entitled "Heist School Sophomores: The Longest Con." He currently resides in Maryland with his partner Angelica and their daughter Vivien.

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Heist School Freshmen 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
Ebienic More than 1 year ago
I have a teenage brother, and Heist School Freshmen sounds like it was written by him. This is a good thing, in this case, as the story is about teenage boys who band together, led by their intrepid leader Angelo Bastillo - who now goes by Angel because it just sounds way cooler - to attempt a treasure hunt of epic proportions in their very average high school. It also meant I understood a lot of the lingo and text speak, which is very encouraging for an otherwise uncool older sister like me. I really enjoyed the story, and I think the series has potential. The character development was detailed and largely accurate for modern teenagers. I am also a big fan of anything that gets boys to read, and I really think that this story would be great particularly for middle schoolers. It has suspense, teenage “romance,” a lot of comic interludes and even a little SAT prep thrown in, all narrated by Angelo. I would recommend this for parents looking for books to interest tween/early teens and look forward to the rest of the series being just as intriguing.
Shaka2U More than 1 year ago
Heist School Freshman by Alan Gallauresi was a great read. I thoroughly enjoyed this novel. Gallauresi gives the book life. The young characters friendship, trust, innocent ways to essentially commit a crime and keep it secret kept the novel going. There are no dull points in this novel. Angelo, Drew and Lionel, had a quick forming friendship that just grew into like a brotherhood. It's amazing how when you really look back on this the time frame is just one year (freshman year). Gallauresi packs so much action and intermixes it with the normal teenage troubles and trials. Among having an amazing story line about the heist you will experience first loves, bullying, friendship and camaraderie. The cover design for this is novel is fitting. I assume this to be the main character Angelo; ordinary teenager that in a way stands out from the crowd (the hustle and bustle of everyday). Good job Gallauresi, looking forward to more novels along the lines of this one.
ReadersFavorite4 More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Lit Amri for Readers' Favorite In Heist School Freshmen, Angelo Bastillo’s high school life is by far a nightmare; his long time crush dumped him, he has to endure harassment from twin bullies, and he hates every single class. Living with a dysfunctional family and even forced to have a rather sporadic consultant through a suicide line, Angelo is struggling; that is until he and his friends stumble upon a stash of dirty money. Gathering his motley crew, all that Angelo needs next is a great, infallible plan for the heist. This exciting YA crime adventure is written by Alan Gallauresi. The main strength of Heist School Freshmen, and what a delight it is to write these words, is the quality of the writing. Unquestionably Alan Gallauresi has a gift for storytelling; the ability to bring scenes vividly to life. Nowhere is this truer than of his well-structured plot and the teen characters that he has written. I could relate to one of the young characters, although I'd rather not say who, and this makes the reading much more thrilling. The heist that young Angelo and his friends work very hard to accomplish is infused with daunting and hilarious moments. This is not a lengthy novel, so it is a rather swift read. The ending is perfectly wrapped but I do see a promise for a sequel. On the whole, this is the first, greatly well-accomplished YA novel that I have read this year - Heist School Freshmen is, without a doubt, destined to ensure that Alan Gallauresi does just that. Any YA readers should not overlook this one.
ReadersFavorite3 More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Jack Magnus for Readers' Favorite Heist School Freshmen is a young adult coming of age novel written by Alan Gallauresi. When the reader first meets Angelo, he's furiously pedaling his bike into a deserted park while swiping away tears. Angelo's gotten past middle school and spent the last three summer months dating his girlfriend Lissa, who's suddenly decided that he's not really what she wants after all. High school is looking pretty grim, and his father actually gives him the number of a teen suicide prevention line. He and his pal Drew are feeling a bit lost and isolated at school until they're approached by Lionel Tang, whose proficiency at making up porno names for movies convinces them to let him pal around with them. Things start to get even more interesting when Angelo finds an old cell-phone in his locker, which may have belonged to a drug-dealing student. Then Angelo overhears some talk about a stash of drug money that was never recovered, and plans for the heist begin to take shape.  I enjoy coming of age novels and was intrigued by the premise of Alan Gallauresi's young adult novel. I wasn't disappointed. Angelo, Drew, and Lionel are great characters, and the heist they set up is inspired. The team Angelo puts together becomes a close-knit circle of friends and, somehow, he meets the daunting challenges of being a freshman in high school with aplomb. There's a school play, lots of video gaming, high-tech gadgetry, girls, and even some cool interaction with geometry and English lit. Heist School Freshman is such a fun read -- it's upbeat and comic and serious all at once, and it does it all quite well.
ReadersFavorite2 More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Faridah Nassozi for Readers' Favorite Heist School Freshmen by Alan Gallauresi is a story about Angelo and his best friend Drew leaving middle school and joining high school. They are hoping for a fresh start and a better social life, but nothing is going as planned. Then they befriend Lionel, which did not necessarily improve their social status, but gave them a good friend and a partner in crime. They found an abandoned phone that belonged to a convicted drug dealer and, from the messages on the phone, discovered that he hid away some money before going to jail. They solicited all the help they could get, and put plans together to find and steal the money. But they keep running into snags; plus they are not the only ones after that money. Can they overcome all their obstacles, including the police, and get to the money first? Is the money still there anyway?  Heist School Freshmen is about three normal boys. Along the way, they go through the usual high school life cycle of finding girls, throwing parties while their parents are out of town and lying to their parents, and all the other mischief of teenage high school boys. Alan Gallauresi delivered a good story with an interesting look at high school life. It is not about the usual high school 'popular kid' cliques or the miserable loners. Heist School Freshmen is an interesting take on high school life. It shows that there is more to high school than the usual mean popular kids and the loner band geeks.
ReadersFavorite1 More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Julia Hopkinson for Readers' Favorite Alan Gallauresi’s entertaining and brilliantly comic Young Adult crime novel stars Angelo - or Angel, as he prefers to be known - Bastillo and his two best friends, Drew Wales and Lionel “Porno Name” Tang (don’t ask!). Together they are the Heist School Freshmen of the title. The story explores their attempts to navigate the political and emotional minefield that is freshman year at their American high school. However, not only does Angelo have to cope with the normal teen drama - the two local bullies, a newly-broken heart and getting his homework in on time - but, following a hint of potentially unclaimed illicit proceeds, he also gets drawn into recruiting a group of high school oddballs to help him and his freshmen pull off an audacious raid. But, will they get away with it?! I loved reading Heist School Freshmen; it is a lot of fun, fast moving and well written. It starts with a bang, keeps up a steady pace and includes a good crop of laugh-out-loud moments and intriguing but hilarious characters. Alan Gallauresi has created a modern heist story, with up to the minute pop-culture references, that manages to encapsulate perfectly the ups and downs and agony and elation of everyone’s school days. I enjoyed the book, even as a 30-ahem-year-old woman, and I imagine it would strongly appeal to both sexes of most ages, particularly those depicted in the story. I could also see it making a convincing translation to the TV or movie screen. I understand Gallauresi is currently working on a sequel and I look forward to reading it!
ReadersFavorite More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Cheryl Schopen for Readers' Favorite In Heist School Freshmen by Alan Gallauresi, Angelo gets dumped by his girlfriend, who he has been infatuated with for a long time, and he is being bullied by the infamous troublemaker twins who have just recently returned to town. It’s not exactly the best way to begin his first year in high school. That is, until he, his best buddy Drew, and their new friend Lionel, AKA Porno Name, come across some clues, leading them to a secret stash of dirty money hidden somewhere in the school. As they recruit some other members into their crew and plan for the ultimate heist, they continue to struggle with other typical high school problems, like girls and studying for exams. A story about friendship, high school drama, suspense, and mystery, this book surely won’t disappoint! I absolutely loved Alan Gallauresi’s writing style in Heist School Freshmen. Not only were the characters believable, but the thoughts and dialogue were completely realistic. From the references to recent pop culture to the amusing adolescent humor that will even make adults laugh, I never once doubted that I was reading a story from a teenager’s perspective. The plot was also very entertaining. Constantly telling myself to read “just one more chapter” resulted in me staying up late and finishing the book in less than two days. I was so attached to these characters and immersed in the story line that I even started to miss high school. Plus, the footnotes for the definitions of some words were hilarious. Gallauresi uses a unique but humorous way to get young readers (and adults like myself) to understand and remember some vocabulary words, which I thoroughly enjoyed. I can’t say enough positive things about this book. I can’t wait to read the sequel to this book and many other stories by this very talented author.
Charles_Ray More than 1 year ago
High School as You'd Like to Forget, But Can't . . . . Angelo Bastillo is a mess. He’s just starting high school and the girl he’s had a crush on forever has just dumped him. To further complicate his acne-infested life, he is picked on by twin sadistic bullies, and his cheapskate stay-at-home dad forces him to call a suicide line to discuss his adolescent problems because he’s too cheap to send him to a real therapist. Once in school, Angelo and a bunch of his misfit buddies stumble upon a cache of drug money belonging to a student drug dealer and decide to heist it. From that fateful decision, things get even more complicated for Angelo, as things go from bad to unbelievably bad. Anyone who remembers the first year of high school – even without the drug connection – will instantly identify with Alan Gallauresi’s Heist School Freshmen. The author taps into the angst of that turbulent period in a teenager’s life in a way that will have you nodding in agreement, your stomach bubbling with anxiety, and laughing until you wet your pants. And, if you were lucky enough to not have experienced high school as hell, you’ll finish the book hopefully with a bit more sympathy for those of us who did. I received a free review copy of Heist School Freshmen – not in time for Christmas, but it was a great present anyway.