Perf Scoundre Essay

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When I first began reading this book, I assumed that it would be like the 2 previous books in the series: fast-paced with good action and good characters, but more a fun read than anything else. It was going to be enjoyable in an Ocean's Eleven or Casino Royale way like its predecessors. And so going into this, my initial reaction was surprise. In the first chapter I was already delving into the past of Kat and Hale's powerful bond and the history of their relationship, something I thought would never be explained. Already, the book was surprising me with its depth of character development and hidden deeper meanings. Throughout the book the theme of the characters taking on much bigger and ...view middle of the document...

And although this book was different from its predecessors in a few significant ways and I interpreted it in a different way, this aspect of my reading was no different. I would try to gather all the information revealed and solve her problem using this information. At these times, I felt like one of them, and I felt like a criminal mastermind.
Sometimes, however, Kat and the other characters discussed terms they do not explain. For example, when proposing options on how to fool Garrett, they tossed around con terms such as "Where's Waldo", "The Princess and the Pea", and "Anastasia", leaving me to guess and make inferences about what those could possibly mean based on my previous knowledge and the characters' reactions. For example, after Gabrielle suggests a "Where's Waldo", Hamish's reaction is "No, I'm still not allowed back in Morocco." However, this time the reaction causes the suggestion to make even less sense. It was times like this that I, as the reader, became acutely aware that I was an outsider in the world of thieves. Also, a consistent feature of the book is that many events, such as bits of seemingly insignificant dialogue, and little gestures made by the characters are never really explained until later. Once again, I predicted the possible significance or meaning of these things. I was almost always wrong, but it made the climax so much more exciting and multiple times I caught myself saying aloud "Oh! That makes sense now!"

This book made me have a deeper attachment and emotional response with the characters than what I had previously thought possible. Through Ally Carter's phenomenal style of narration, I was swept up into the two very different worlds of Kat and Hale: Kat's bright world of theft, adventure, and a welcoming family, and Hale's dull, grayish world of business, greed, and a family that didn't really care for him at all. Because of this, the characters became very real to me and I began to care a lot for them. I felt pity towards Hale when Kat discovers that his grandmother, the only one in his family he really loved, might not have cared for him that much after all. I cried right with Kat while we looked upon the crumpled body of Uncle Eddie, who had gone from an unfeeling enigma to my favorite character in about 5 chapters or so. This book revealed so much more about the main characters as well.
Kat Bishop is the headstrong, big-hearted heroine who always tries to do the right thing for everyone. I have always loved her as the strong, courageous heroine of our story, but I loved Kat even more by the end of this book. She discovered that she is willing risk her life in order to save her family and those she loves.
W. W. Hale V is probably the character most developed and added to through this book. He is rich, handsome, suave, kind, and the black, unwanted, uncared for sheep of the Hale family. Until this book, we never knew anything about Hale's story and family until his grandmother's death pulled Kat...

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