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Reviewed by Cee-Jay Aurinko for Readers' Favorite
Know Your Enemy is the debut novel of Australian author Tasman Anderson. It started with shoplifting. For Nicole, teaming up with her best friend Libby to raid shops at the local mall is a fun, educational, and gratifying experience. That is until Aiden catches them in the act. Instead of turning them in, however, he propositions them into joining him and his crew to pull off a major heist. Their target: chain stores. Well, at least that's what Aiden tells them at first. What Aiden and his team really plan on stealing is Porsches. Nicole has no idea that Aiden, the mysterious boy she hates to like, is about to put her life in danger by stealing cars that belong to an Australian mob boss.
Reading Know Your Enemy was an amazing experience. It is wonderful to follow and watch a seemingly innocent and goal orientated lead character such as Nicole give in to her dark side. Anderson has Nicole doing this only at light levels in the beginning and, for equally light reasons. I liked the entire collection of characters. Aiden's entire crew, Nicole and her best friend Libby included, brings something unique and useful to the table. Oh, and because this book follows a bunch of thieves, readers should expect a few nostalgic waves. I was glad that this book didn't bore me with thieving tactics and tools that I already knew a lot about, but kept my interest active with ones that I've never read about in a book, or learned from a movie before. I recommend this book to all young adults interested in a good heist story enhanced all the way with good comedy.