From Goodreads: Seventeen-year-old Aaron stumbles into the aftermath of a five million dollar bank heist gone wrong. Hiding under a canoe, Aaron partially catches the murder of one of the robbers. In the chaos he sneaks away with the money and heads straight for the closest place of safety, his high school. Terrified, Aaron tells his shocking tale to Amanda Becker, his drama teacher, but it doesn’t take long for one of the psychotic robbers to show up. In the locked down school the pair are relentlessly pursued in a quest to get the money back and wipe out the evidence.
Rumor has it that this novel is going to be turned into a movie, and that Booboo Stewart (Seth Clearwater from the Twilight Saga) is going to play Aaron. Now, nothing is set in stone, but filming is supposed to start soon, fall of this year, and the movie should release in late 2013. Will I see it? Probably. In theaters? Probably not. Why? I just wasn’t that enamored with the plotline.
Yes, the story is interesting, and I liked the premise, but had this title not been free at the time I came across it, and had I not noticed it was going to be made into a movie, in all honesty, I probably wouldn’t have picked it up. Why? I found this novel to be very predictable, and while that’s okay, the fact that Aaron behaves badly throughout the story was not. I really didn’t care for him; while his relationship with his father is in fact very strained, the way Aaron talks to him, as well as his friends, really rubbed me the wrong way. He is a very arrogant young man, and his friends were actually really kind of annoying. Likewise, I didn’t make any connections with them, or any of the characters, and so when some bad things happened (no spoilers), I found that I didn’t care one way or another. Harsh, I know, but it’s the honest truth. Do I think it’s worth checking out? If the plotline interests you, then yes. The writing is decent and the story moves quickly. But if you’re on the fence, this might be one to skip. Two and a half stars.
I picked up this title when it was free on Amazon.