The Tenderness of Thieves

The Tenderness of Thieves

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Jane is ready for a fantastic summer. In fact, she's pretty sure the universe owes her one. This past winter, Jane was held at knifepoint during an armed robbery and the spectre of that night still haunts her. A summer romance with one of the town bad boys - sexy Handel Davies, who takes her breath away and makes her feel like a bolder version of herself seems like the universe's way of paying her back. But bad boys always have secrets, and Handel's secret just might shatter Jane completely. This suspense novel marries psychological thriller with summer romance and is perfect for teen fans of Gillian Flynn's Gone Girl.
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Product details

  • 12-17
  • Paperback | 352 pages
  • 139.7 x 209.55 x 22mm | 367.41g
  • Penguin Putnam Inc
  • Philomel Books,U.S.
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • Reprint
  • 0147513693
  • 9780147513694

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"The meandering, dreamy language grass is 'tender with the newness of life, ' and Jane's desire makes her heart 'flutter like the wings of a hummingbird' is perfect for the hazy, hot summer days depicted."--"Kirkus Reviews"
"Full of passion, tenderness, and fun...readers will enjoy the chemistry that simmers between Jane and Handel....For a summer romance with a twist, Freitas delivers."--"Publishers Weekly"
"Both the romance and mystery are skillfully told, with smooth, believable dialogue and well-developedcharacters....The surprise ending is likely to spark discussion, especially for those with strongfeminist viewpoints."--"Booklist"
"Freitas mixes sweet and sour in a way that illustrates the messiness of life....This is recommended for mature readers, who will find that the love story resonates well after the book is finished."--"VOYA"
"[D]ramatic prose gives a noir-like tone to the beachside setting."--"BCCB" "From the Hardcover edition.""
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About Donna Freitas

Donna Freitas ( is an author of fiction and nonfiction for kids and adults. Her previous young adult books include"The Possibilities of Sainthood," "The Survival Kit"and"This Gorgeous Game." Born in Rhode Island, Donna now splits her time between New York City and Barcelona.@donna_freitas
Donna Freitas's Awards
"The Gorgeous Game" 2010 Chicago Public Library Best of the Best Books
"Sex & the Soul" 2008 A Best Book of the Year by"Publishers Weekly"
"The Survival Kit" 2012 Best Fiction for Young Adults List for Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA); 2013 Bookstar Award (Switzerland)"
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Rating details

487 ratings
3.23 out of 5 stars
5 18% (86)
4 24% (115)
3 33% (159)
2 17% (83)
1 9% (44)
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