Book Review · NetGalley · Young Adult

Diary of a Teenage Jewel Thief by Rosie Somers


Genre: Young Adult/Romance
Pages: 206
Publication Date: August 7, 2017
Rating: 3-star-review out of 5

This book was given for free, courtesy by NetGalley.


For years, Marisol and her mom have been in the jewel thieving business. However, when they become the targets of a dangerous thief, the small family go into hiding and move to New York.

Though thieving can be exciting, Mari is even more excited to finally be able to live a normal teenage life.  She meets the very cute Will, and things seem to be going well. However, a real threat comes close to home, and Will might be the next target.


This was a cute, yet lacking type of story. It was a fun one that I can see many teenage girls enjoying, especially with a young, kind girl as the protagonist, and receiving the attention from a sweet, cute guy. 

Mari is kind and someone that I’m sure many teenagers wouldn’t mind being friends with. Unfortunately, I found her character to be incomplete in regards to her jewel thieving ways. The title, the opening, and the fact that Mari and her mom are hiding is all contributed to the fact that their “profession” is jewel thieving. However, it is difficult to fully understand the dangers involved in being thieves due to the focus quickly shifting to something else. After the opening, the author explains Mari is adjusting in “normal” teenage life, which was disappointing because I wanted more of how and where she stole jewels.

Also, I felt that the beginning was captivating showing how physically strong and resourceful Mari was. Right after, though, I honestly forgot that Mari was very physically capable and that thieving was a big part of her life until the very end. The story just turned into a teen romance for a while. This isn’t necessarily a bad thing, but when the hype of this book is jewel thieving, then I expect that to be the main focus.

In some ways, I felt the relationship between Mari and Will a bit forced and underdeveloped. Part of the reason might be because Will’s character isn’t really fleshed out and he is pretty one-dimensional. Because of this, their relationship wasn’t very exciting and I felt it took away from the plot’s progression.

Overall, the book was fairly enjoyable and light, but was lacking in a few areas.

Maybe. To perhaps teenagers who enjoy sweet romance novels with a bit of action.

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