How to Lead a Life of Crime by Kirsten Miller

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A meth dealer. A prostitute. A serial killer.

Anywhere else, they’d be vermin. At the Mandel Academy, they’re called prodigies. The most exclusive school in New York City has been training young criminals for over a century. Only the most ruthless students are allowed to graduate. The rest disappear.

Flick, a teenage pickpocket, has risen to the top of his class. But then Mandel recruits a fierce new competitor who also happens to be Flick’s old flame. They’ve been told only one of them will make it out of the Mandel Academy. Will they find a way to save each other—or will the school destroy them both?
 

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KIRSTEN MILLER grew up in a small town in the mountains of North Carolina. At seventeen, she hit the road and moved to New York City, where she lives to this day. She is the author of two other Kiki Strike books, as well as the bestselling The Eternal Ones and All You Desire www.kikistrike.comAuthor Location: New York, NY
 
Published February 21, 2013 by Razorbill. 358 pages
Genres: Young Adult, Romance, Action & Adventure, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Enter well-dressed, smooth-talking Lucian Mandel, the headmaster of the infamous Mandel Academy, who makes him an offer he can’t refuse: If Flick agrees to enroll in Mandel Academy, Lucian will hand over the evidence that connects Flick’s wealthy father to the murder of his brother.

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Every time Flick made a razor-sharp quip or yearned to save a fellow student, I had to crank up the AC because DOES ANYONE ELSE THINK IT'S REALLY HOT IN HERE?

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However, after Flick runs away, Jude finds out about his father's criminal activity (the father was a graduate of the Mandel school), confronts him and ends up dead.

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When his “one good thing,” his girlfriend Joi, winds up at the academy, too, she shows him that there may be another option, one that will keep Flick alive while maintaining his moral integrity, one that will turn Mandel upside down.

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