Friday, November 8, 2019

YA Review: Jackpot by Nic Stone

Title: Jackpot: All Bets are Off.
AuthorNic Stone
Year Published: 2019


Genre: YA fiction (historical)
Pages: 339
Rating: 4.5 out of 5

Location (my 2019 Google Reading map)USA (GA)

FTC Disclosure: I bought this with my own money

Summary (from the inside flap of the book): When a hundred-million-dollar lottery ticket from her store goes unclaimed, Rico Danger (that's DON-gur, thank you very much) has to find the winner. If she can unite the ticket holder with the cash, maybe Rico will finally catch a lucky break... and a cut of the winnings.

For help with her mission, she recruits popular and wildly wealthy "Zan" Macklin--the only other person who saw the suspected winner. As the hunt roll son, the unlikely pair discovers things they weren't expecting: hidden resentments, shared struggles, and maybe even friendship. But what happens when have and have-nots collide? Will this particular shared goal unite--or divide?

Review: Ah, Nic Stone, nice job (again)! I really liked Stone's Dear Martin so when I saw this book I got it immediately and I am glad I did. I read it in one day.

I liked all the characters even though I wanted to tell Rico to be more confident, to figure out how she feels, and be brave enough to do something about it. I guess I felt the same way about Zan. They made things so much more difficult for themselves, but I guess we all do that sometimes.

The premise of the book is a fun one: two people on a quest to find a lottery ticket. You can get mixed up in so many good situations while doing that and it was a wonderful way for the story to progress. As a reader I felt I was also on the journey to find the "little old lady." And, I didn't see the end coming so that's fun. Stone has a way of writing that pulls the reader in and makes us cheer for the main characters.

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