The Girls I’ve Been by Tess Sharpe

A slick, twisty YA page-turner about the daughter of a con artist who is taken hostage in a bank heist.
Nora O’Malley’s been a lot of girls. As the daughter of a con-artist who targets criminal men, she grew up as her mother’s protégé. But when mom fell for the mark instead of conning him, Nora pulled the ultimate con: escape.
For five years Nora’s been playing at normal. But she needs to dust off the skills she ditched because she has three problems:
#1: Her ex walked in on her with her girlfriend. Even though they’re all friends, Wes didn’t know about her and Iris.
#2: The morning after Wes finds them kissing, they all have to meet to deposit the fundraiser money they raised at the bank. It’s a nightmare that goes from awkward to deadly, because:
#3: Right after they enter bank, two guys start robbing it.
The bank robbers may be trouble, but Nora’s something else entirely. They have no idea who they’re really holding hostage…

My Review:

The Girls I’ve Been was such a fun read. I love the storyline about an ex-con girl goes up against bank robbers. Also I love the cover of the book so much. So different than other covers I have seen.

Nora life was never easy. Her mother taught her the ropes of conning people at a very young age and being so many different people. She kinda looses herself there. Her sister was lucky to get out and will do anything to save Nora from their mother abuse.

Years later Nora is living a good life, her past behind her. When she goes to the bank with her friends, her past catches up with her. Now she must use her conning ways to save her friends and the people in the bank, even if she must expose her dark past.

This book was pretty much fun from the beginning until the end. You get a look at Nora dark past and what she suffer through with her mom. She is a good kid and will do anything to just survive and live a normal life. Her sister is kinda cool, helping her out along the way.

When her friends learn more of her dark past, will they still be together in the end???

The Girls I’ve Been may some trigger warning about mental abuse the main character deals with and her mother deals with physical abuse.

This is a very good book, if your into con reads.

Happy Reading!!!!

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