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From the author of the New York Times bestseller Dear Martin--comes a pitch-perfect romance that examines class, privilege, and how a stroke of good luck can change an entire life. Meet Rico: high school senior and afternoon-shift cashier at the Gas 'n' Go, who after school and work races home to take care of her younger brother. Every. Single. Day. When Rico sells a From the author of the New York Times bestseller Dear Martin--comes a pitch-perfect romance that examines class, privilege, and how a stroke of good luck can change an entire life. Meet Rico: high school senior and afternoon-shift cashier at the Gas 'n' Go, who after school and work races home to take care of her younger brother. Every. Single. Day. When Rico sells a jackpot-winning lotto ticket, she thinks maybe her luck will finally change, but only if she--with some assistance from her popular and wildly rich classmate Zan--can find the ticket holder who hasn't claimed the prize. But what happens when have and have-nots collide? Will this investigative duo unite...or divide? Nic Stone, the New York Times bestselling author of Dear Martin and Odd One Out, creates two unforgettable characters in one hard-hitting story about class, money--both too little and too much--and how you make your own luck in the world.


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From the author of the New York Times bestseller Dear Martin--comes a pitch-perfect romance that examines class, privilege, and how a stroke of good luck can change an entire life. Meet Rico: high school senior and afternoon-shift cashier at the Gas 'n' Go, who after school and work races home to take care of her younger brother. Every. Single. Day. When Rico sells a From the author of the New York Times bestseller Dear Martin--comes a pitch-perfect romance that examines class, privilege, and how a stroke of good luck can change an entire life. Meet Rico: high school senior and afternoon-shift cashier at the Gas 'n' Go, who after school and work races home to take care of her younger brother. Every. Single. Day. When Rico sells a jackpot-winning lotto ticket, she thinks maybe her luck will finally change, but only if she--with some assistance from her popular and wildly rich classmate Zan--can find the ticket holder who hasn't claimed the prize. But what happens when have and have-nots collide? Will this investigative duo unite...or divide? Nic Stone, the New York Times bestselling author of Dear Martin and Odd One Out, creates two unforgettable characters in one hard-hitting story about class, money--both too little and too much--and how you make your own luck in the world.

30 review for Jackpot

  1. 5 out of 5

    Chelsea (chelseadolling reads)

    Even though I predicted the ending of this one pretty early on, there is just something about Nic Stone's writing that really does it for me and I liked this one SO MUCH. My favorite bits were the parts written in the perspective of different inanimate objects because I feel like they just really gave this that little extra something and honestly y'all this was just so fun and you need to read it!!!

  2. 5 out of 5

    Lola

    I love the concept of this one. Two teenagers, one rich and one poor, are brought together as they try to retrace the steps of an old lady who may have just won herself over a hundred million dollars! It’s also possible she may not even have realized it… Rico sure knows she could use the money. Her family lives above their means, in an apartment they can hardly afford. Rico, her mom and younger brother Jax don’t even have health insurance or healthy food half of the time, yet her mom refuses to I love the concept of this one. Two teenagers, one rich and one poor, are brought together as they try to retrace the steps of an old lady who may have just won herself over a hundred million dollars! It’s also possible she may not even have realized it… Rico sure knows she could use the money. Her family lives above their means, in an apartment they can hardly afford. Rico, her mom and younger brother Jax don’t even have health insurance or healthy food half of the time, yet her mom refuses to seek help, preferring to work two jobs. To save face, maybe? She is doing her best to give her children access to good schools, but what’s the point if Rico can’t even go to college? She must help her mom pay bills. So finding that winning ticket is of outmost importance to Rico. Her co-pilot’s reasons for tagging along on this adventure seem quite different, because Zan’s family is swimming in money, and yet both realize that while they may be from two separate worlds, they are not incredibly different after all. Life can hit anyone, hard. This was my third novel from Nic Stone and the third one I’ve enjoyed, too. This author has a very unique writing style. I could have recognized her as the author of this book even if her name hadn’t been written on it. She explores social issues that are critical to her, like poverty, racism, stereotypes, and I don’t even have to read her bio or background to know that. I could feel it as I read this book. Another winner from Nic Stone. BTW, I really like her name. Blog | Youtube | Twitter | Instagram | Google+ | Bloglovin’

  3. 4 out of 5

    Laurie Anderson

    Hold on to your seatbelts, you guys. I got an early peek and this book is amazing!!! A deeper review closer to the pub date, I promise!!

  4. 5 out of 5

    Nenia ⚡ Aspiring Evil Overlord ⚡ Campbell

    Instagram || Twitter || Facebook || Amazon || Pinterest JACKPOT is the story of a teenage girl living about an inch above the poverty line. She works at a convenience store clerk which is how she ends up meeting the woman who bought the winning lottery ticket and also the rich young heir, Zan, who ends up playing willing accomplice to her heist to notify the woman of her good fortune and, perhaps, get a cut of that sweet, sweet cash. I haven't read anything by this author before, although I do Instagram || Twitter || Facebook || Amazon || Pinterest JACKPOT is the story of a teenage girl living about an inch above the poverty line. She works at a convenience store clerk which is how she ends up meeting the woman who bought the winning lottery ticket and also the rich young heir, Zan, who ends up playing willing accomplice to her heist to notify the woman of her good fortune and, perhaps, get a cut of that sweet, sweet cash. I haven't read anything by this author before, although I do actually own her other book, DEAR MARTIN, and I had a lot of mixed thoughts while reading. Ultimately, I do think I liked this book-- with reservations-- which I'll list out here. What I liked: ✔️ Realistic portrayal of what it's like living paycheck to paycheck. I think a lot of YA and NA try to romanticize being low-income, like you have no cred if you aren't starving. It's always for a sacrifice or a cause and I hate that, because I think it feeds into the (mistaken) belief that people without money have done something to deserve that. Rico's struggles to provide with her family and their sacrifices really hit hard. I liked that a lot. ✔️ Diversity everywhere! Rico and her younger brother are biracial and so, actually, is Zan. There's a lot of interracial families in here, and lots of discussions about culture and not a whole lot of bigotry, while somehow also managing to talk about privilege and discrimination. I think it's a very positive rep, for the most part, and I really liked that a lot. I think a lot of teens probably will, too. ✔️ Female friendship. Jessica was a great and supportive character, and so was her boyfriend, Ness. The two of them as a couple were very cozy and I liked their interludes. ✔️ A good heist story. I like the idea of kids going on adventures to win money. Adventure stories were really big in the 80s and 90s and then kind of tapered off. My generation grew up with those types of stories so it was nostalgic to see a similar one, but wearing grown-up clothes. #YAS What I didn't like: ❌ The weird interludes with inanimate objects. There's all these micro-chapters narrated from the point of view of inanimate objects (money, houses, pieces of paper, etc.). I didn't like that. It was a bit too surreal and precious, and kept yanking me out of the story. Whatever the author was going for, it didn't quite work and I wasn't a fan. ❌ The "sarcastic" humor. Same problem with the inanimate object interludes-- it felt like it was trying too hard. There were a few moments of genuine humor in here but it felt like Rico had to have a retort for literally everything and eventually it got exhausting and annoying. Rico was not a very nice character and while I get her struggles, she was really hard to like. I never warmed up to her, especially at the end when she reveals her true colors as to how far she'll go to get the winnings. ❌ The romance. I didn't really buy it. I didn't like Rico, so I didn't see what Zan saw in her and why he took all her attitude and meanness. It wasn't a very positive relationship. Zan had problems too and was too pushy and privileged and sometimes sexist, but he didn't make me recoil the way Rico did with all of her actions. ❌ The ending. Not going to say anything else on this because spoilers, but yeah. This wasn't a bad book and ultimately I did end up liking it more than I disliked it, but it won't be topping any of my favorites lists any time soon. I think people will either love or hate this one, tbh, depending on how they feel about the main character and her "humor." Thanks to the publisher for sending me a copy in exchange for an honest review!  3 stars

  5. 4 out of 5

    Mary H

    Haven't read this yet, just combatting an absurd rating from someone else who has certainly not read it. Will update when I've actually read it.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Madalyn (Novel Ink)

    Wow. Wowowowow. I think this book made my brain explode a little bit, but in a good way? So much to think about after finishing this one. I’ll write more of a review once I process my thoughts better, but for now: preorder this one. Nic never disappoints, but she REALLY did something great with Jackpot.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Kate (GirlReading)

    ooh this was so great! the writing style, the characters, the plot, the pace, the discussions of race, money and privilege, the mystery, the romance, the relationships, the chapter structure; it was all brilliantly addictive and made it incredibly easy to highly recommend. I’m still slightly unsure about how I feel about the ending but other than that, this was a fantastic book and one I enjoyed each and every moment reading.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Bookphenomena (Micky)

    JACKPOT is the second book by Nic Stone that I’ve really enjoyed. She has a way of making you exist in her fictional world and get completely wrapped up her characters. This is book brimming with diversity, the have and have-nots and coming-of-age. I didn’t know what to expect going into this read, I knew there was a lottery ticket and a young woman. What I got was the compelling character of Rico, working every hour outside of school to help her mum with keeping the eviction notice away, whilst JACKPOT is the second book by Nic Stone that I’ve really enjoyed. She has a way of making you exist in her fictional world and get completely wrapped up her characters. This is book brimming with diversity, the have and have-nots and coming-of-age. I didn’t know what to expect going into this read, I knew there was a lottery ticket and a young woman. What I got was the compelling character of Rico, working every hour outside of school to help her mum with keeping the eviction notice away, whilst looking after her young brother, Jax. It was pretty tragic to read as Rico had no kind of normal teenage existence. There was a sense of desperation around Rico that invaded the atmosphere. Rico embarked on a quest to find a winning lottery ticket and she got up the courage to grab Zan to help her. He seemed to be her opposite in every way especially in terms of his financial situation. However, the more I got to know Zan, the more I realised that Zan and Rico were similar in many ways. What made this story was that Zan and others that entered Rico’s life, brought some normal teen experiences, some firsts and it was precious to read Rico having these experiences. There were some unexpected twists to this story and some tragedies too that had me on the edge of my seat. I can honestly say this was a great reading experience and that I enjoyed the book from cover to cover. Nic Stone’s narrative felt realistic, representing poverty tangibly and with messages that need to be heard without a preachy feel. I love her writing style, it makes for ease of reading. Highly recommended. This review can be found on A Take From Two Cities Book Blog here.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Alexandra Harper

    Don’t pickup this book if you have things that need done . I repeat, DON’T PICKUP THIS BOOK IF YOU HAVE THINGS THAT NEED DONE.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Briar

    Alright, I'm a total Nic Stone fan girl. I literally did football maneuvers in a ballroom to make sure I got this ARC. But, this one felt..off. The story is told from Rico's POV with side anecdotes from the winning lotto ticket, her little brother's toy soldier, and other inanimate objects in an effort to offset Rico's unreliability. I wanted a deeper exploration into her partner in crime's thoughts. I also didn't like the constant reminder of how poor she was. It was redundant and often came Alright, I'm a total Nic Stone fan girl. I literally did football maneuvers in a ballroom to make sure I got this ARC. But, this one felt..off. The story is told from Rico's POV with side anecdotes from the winning lotto ticket, her little brother's toy soldier, and other inanimate objects in an effort to offset Rico's unreliability. I wanted a deeper exploration into her partner in crime's thoughts. I also didn't like the constant reminder of how poor she was. It was redundant and often came across as melodramatic. (This coming from someone from a low socioeconomic background) Things I did love, Jess as a character was phenomenal and exactly who Rico needed to help her put her life in perspective. Also, the bathroom scene with Rico and her mom was done to perfection. All that to say, I'm still a total Nic Stone fangirl, but I didn't love Rico with the same vigor and gusto that I loved Jupiter Charity-Sanchez.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Clara

    omg omg omg omg omg omg 1. Nic Stone, can you please write me a husband? Because I fell in love with Justyce when I first read Dear Martin (and this book came out on my birthday, so it was a sign right?) and now I'm in love with Zan and *dies* 2. It's the first romance driven plot I loved in a long, long time. 3. The end killed me. It took me by surprise, which barely ever happens anymore, and I'm still not over it. 4. It's so much more than """just""" a romance. 5. NIC STONE I JUST LOVE YOU SO MUCH, omg omg omg omg omg omg 1. Nic Stone, can you please write me a husband? Because I fell in love with Justyce when I first read Dear Martin (and this book came out on my birthday, so it was a sign right?) and now I'm in love with Zan and *dies* 2. It's the first romance driven plot I loved in a long, long time. 3. The end killed me. It took me by surprise, which barely ever happens anymore, and I'm still not over it. 4. It's so much more than """just""" a romance. 5. NIC STONE I JUST LOVE YOU SO MUCH, THANK YOU FOR THIS GEM.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Jen Ryland

    I really enjoyed this one - tackles class issues while still telling a really entertaining story. RTC Thanks to the publisher for providing an advance copy for review! Read more of my reviews on JenRyland.com! Check out my Bookstagram!

  13. 5 out of 5

    Sara (A Gingerly Review)

    I adore my queen, Ms Stone, so I knew I would devour her latest work. This was thought provoking, well developed, and fast paced. Full of ups and downs, twists and turns, I could not get enough. Frtc

  14. 5 out of 5

    Max Lau • Maxxesbooktopia

    I did not write a review straight away after I consumed this novel is because I do not know how to put my love for this novel into words. This novel is literally on par with one of my other favourite romance book of all time – The Statistical Probability Of Love At First Sight by Jennifer E. Smith. The thing is, not many romance novels make it up to my favourite list as the genre that dominates the list is Fantasy and the fact that both of these romance novels crawled their way up to the list I did not write a review straight away after I consumed this novel is because I do not know how to put my love for this novel into words. This novel is literally on par with one of my other favourite romance book of all time – The Statistical Probability Of Love At First Sight by Jennifer E. Smith. The thing is, not many romance novels make it up to my favourite list as the genre that dominates the list is Fantasy and the fact that both of these romance novels crawled their way up to the list means a lot to me. So, why do I love Jackpot so much? Because of the characters and the romance, of course. The characters are well-written in this novel. We have Rico, Zan, Jessica, Ness, Rico’s mother and Jax. Rico is a rather complex character and her actions are sometimes difficult to understand because they do not make any sense and that is a character flaw which I loved as I am really pleased that we did not get a Mary Sue who presumes that she is right and perfect all the time in this novel. Zan is a character who I can relate to and I loved all his dialogues with Rico. In addition, he is the reason why the novel is so fun to read because he makes up the most humorous jokes and performs the most feeble-minded actions in the most random and awkward situations and I could not help but laugh at his stupidity. Moreover, he can be really respectful at times of need and I really liked that about his character. Jessica and Ness are the side-characters that I thought were characters that are discarded in the beginning but build-up slowly towards the end. You can observe their character growth from the first page to the last page and you will be astounded by how much they have grown as characters in these 352 pages novel. Jax (Rico’s little brother) and Rico’s mother are both heartbreaking to read about because of the underlined stress that the mother faces to cover-up rental as a single mother and Jax who does not have a pleasant and comfortable childhood because of poverty. All these characters deliver this novel near to perfection. If you are wavered by the synopsis of this novel, I urge you to ignore it and go into the book with a clear mind and an open soul. Although the synopsis is accurate, it is just a sub-plot of what the actual novel is. This novel explores class, interracial characters, wealth and privilege and I noticed that the synopsis does not actually give justice to the glory that this novel deserves. I cannot stress enough of how magnificent this novel is because of the topics that it has presented in this novel. The plot of the novel is delicately crafted and most of the plotlines string up together nicely. However, there are several minor plots that the author brought up in the novel and they are not answered and somehow… forgotten: (1) who is Zan’s previous girlfriend and why did he lie to Rico about not having a girlfriend before? (2) What did the previous girlfriend steal from Zan’s house and why is it important for anyone to mention it in the novel? The pacing of this novel is eloquent and relaxing as it does not have a plenitude of protuberances that will cause the pacing to be treacherous. If a reader were to walk on a certain ground, he/she will discover that the ground is evenly paved just like the pacing of this novel. However, I thought that the ending was a little bit rushed but I was too emotionally invested in the novel to notice how fast the author was driving me to the ending point of the novel to care and therefore, the ending is what we will talk about next. The ending of the novel has 2 gigantic plot twists that both made me sob endlessly and stunned me to my core. Honestly, I did not see any of them coming because I was so blinded by the romance that a veil did not asunder until the very page that the plot twists occur. In addition, the ending also shows the true colours of both the protagonist and her love interest and that made me love the book even more even though it is so heartbreaking to read about and I cannot stop thinking about it for days and that shows the astonishing characteristics of the novel. In conclusion, I am giving this novel 95% (A+) rating because of how well-written and endearing the story and the characters are. Oh, just so you know, I think this is an amazing Christmas gift to give to a family member or a friend because this novel starts off in December with snow falling and a bed of white covering the green land. Blog | Instagram | Twitter | Goodreads

  15. 5 out of 5

    Carli

    /5. Ahhhh I absolutely adored this one! Seventeen-year-old Rico avoids a wealthy classmate when he comes in to the gas station where she works on Christmas Eve. When she learns that a winning lottery ticket came from her store that night, she suspects that a little old lady purchased it. She enlists Zan, said wealthy classmate’s, help to track down the lady. Along the way, they become close, despite their differences. Like, I can’t even do this book justice with my description. It is funny, ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️/5. Ahhhh I absolutely adored this one! Seventeen-year-old Rico avoids a wealthy classmate when he comes in to the gas station where she works on Christmas Eve. When she learns that a winning lottery ticket came from her store that night, she suspects that a little old lady purchased it. She enlists Zan, said wealthy classmate’s, help to track down the lady. Along the way, they become close, despite their differences. Like, I can’t even do this book justice with my description. It is funny, deep, and real. I wish it wasn’t over. Sexual references land this one in high school territory for me.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Manon the Malicious

    *4.5 Stars* I was provided an ARC via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. I don't know where to start. I read this two weeks ago now but I still remember most of it (which is unusual for me). It was really good, Nic Stone offers us layered and flawed characters who pull you in and then, she wraps it up nicely with a captivating intrigue and romance. I flew through the pages and found myself reading at 3am, not knowing where the hours had gone. Everything about this made me feel. I felt *4.5 Stars* I was provided an ARC via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. I don't know where to start. I read this two weeks ago now but I still remember most of it (which is unusual for me). It was really good, Nic Stone offers us layered and flawed characters who pull you in and then, she wraps it up nicely with a captivating intrigue and romance. I flew through the pages and found myself reading at 3am, not knowing where the hours had gone. Everything about this made me feel. I felt everything from beginning to end and the only thing that disappointed me was how curt the ending was...

  17. 4 out of 5

    Sarah Rosenberger

    Read this in one afternoon because I couldn't put it down.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Sara (marvelousbibliophile)

    Review also posted on https://itsmarvelousbibliophile.wordp... Thank you to the publisher for providing me with an arc via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. Last year I read both Dear Martin and Odd One Out by Nic Stone and really liked them both. I love Nic Stone's writing style and how unique and important her stories are. Jackpot was a fun, heart-warming novel that had me crying and laughing, I'm so excited for this book to be out in the world so everyone can experience this story. Review also posted on https://itsmarvelousbibliophile.wordp... Thank you to the publisher for providing me with an arc via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. Last year I read both Dear Martin and Odd One Out by Nic Stone and really liked them both. I love Nic Stone's writing style and how unique and important her stories are. Jackpot was a fun, heart-warming novel that had me crying and laughing, I'm so excited for this book to be out in the world so everyone can experience this story. Jackpot follows Rico, a senior in high school who works nearly full-time at a Gas 'n' Go to support her family, when she isn't working or at school Rico looks after her younger brother. After selling a jackpot winning lotto ticket Rico thinks her luck will change, but only if she can convince her popular, crazy rich classmate Zan to help her track down the ticket holder who hasn't claimed the prize. I loved Rico, she was hard-working, caring and admirable. Coming from a low socioeconomic background and constantly struggling to make ends meet Rico has sacrificed so much for her family and that hit me so hard. I related to Rico and her struggles a lot. Rico was a great main character, she wasn't perfect, she was flawed and was very judgmental at times but I loved watching her development. I really liked Zan, I wasn't sold on him at first but I enjoyed his character development and growth. I adored Jax, he was so sweet, positive and innocent, I loved how much Rico cared for Jax, their bond was beautiful. I also really liked Finesse and Jess, I especially enjoyed watching Jess and Rico get closer and confide in each other. One of the most unique things about Jackpot was the small chapters narrated by inanimate objects, such as a house they visit to the winning lottery ticket, it was an interesting way to provide an outside perspective. Jackpot discusses so many important issues like race, socioeconomic status, health care in America and parental pressure, I think the discussion on all of these was so well done and important. Overall, I really liked Jackpot, I ended up reading it in only a few hours because I became so attached to these characters and this story. Nic Stone is such an important voice in the book community and I can't wait to see what she does next.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Melissa ~ Missy (FrayedBooks)

    3.5/5 rounded up to 4 read this and more reviews on Frayed Books: http://frayedbooks.wordpress.com Likes Nic Stone is an auto-read author for me. After Dear Martin, I will read anything she writes. This book was SO much fun and is now my #2 Nic Stone book, right after Dear Martin (that’ll be hard to beat as a #1). This book was a very fun and a fast read while tackling some important issues like status in society due to money, poverty, race, etc. All things I'd expect from a Nic Stone book. I was 3.5/5 rounded up to 4 read this and more reviews on Frayed Books: http://frayedbooks.wordpress.com Likes Nic Stone is an auto-read author for me. After Dear Martin, I will read anything she writes. This book was SO much fun and is now my #2 Nic Stone book, right after Dear Martin (that’ll be hard to beat as a #1). This book was a very fun and a fast read while tackling some important issues like status in society due to money, poverty, race, etc. All things I'd expect from a Nic Stone book. I was not disappointed. Our main character Rico is black and lives with her single mother and younger brother, who has a different father (also not in the picture). After school, she works at the local gas station to help her family afford rent and groceries - which is where she sells a mega-millions winning lottery ticket to an older woman! She needs to track down this woman and enlists the help of tech savvy, popular, and rich classmate Zan. We later find out Alexander “Zan” Macklin is biracial (white and Mexican), and speaks perfect Spanish. Rico and Zan work together to try and find this mysterious older woman who has a million dollar winning lottery ticket and their adventure and friendship that is wonderful to watch grow. Rico doesn’t give up her pride or beliefs just to please the popular pretty boy she needs help from and I admire that. I love how Jackpot talked about the issues of money and not living on the street, but also not being able to afford the newest iPhone or health insurance and counting your pennies each week for groceries. It shows there are different levels of poverty and not wanting to ask for help, even if you need it. One of my favorite things was the unexpected friendship of Rico and popular white girl cheerleader class president Jess, who lives in the same building and is on Medicaid - something Rico didn’t expect from this girl who seems to have it all. Audiobook Thoughts Nic Stone narrated this audiobook herself and while it wasn’t bad, it didn’t wow me over either. I’m picky with my audiobook narrators. Sometimes I like when authors read their work (JASON REYNOLDS) and sometimes, not so much. This wasn’t bad at all as audio - if thats your thing, go for it. But you aren’t missing out by not listening to this. She didn’t differentiate between the characters voices as well as some narrators do. Recommend? I would very much recommend this to anyone looking for a fun yet diverse read. This tackles important issues and makes you really think about things in a different way. You can’t always judge someone just based on how they look or what they wear. Frayed Books - blog | twitter | bookstagram | fb

  20. 5 out of 5

    *mk*

    This is my first Nic Stone book and I really enjoyed it! I think dialogue can be a struggle in YA books, sometimes sounding too mature, sometimes just trying too hard to sound young. Becky Albertalli does good dialogue, and so does Nic Stone. I can’t wait to read her other books! This book is also just fun; especially the back and forth between the two leads and the genuine discussions about race and money and privilege that spring up between them. Rico’s journey is also an interesting one, with This is my first Nic Stone book and I really enjoyed it! I think dialogue can be a struggle in YA books, sometimes sounding too mature, sometimes just trying too hard to sound young. Becky Albertalli does good dialogue, and so does Nic Stone. I can’t wait to read her other books! This book is also just fun; especially the back and forth between the two leads and the genuine discussions about race and money and privilege that spring up between them. Rico’s journey is also an interesting one, with a lot of growth. There’s also these random chapters told from the perspective of inanimate objects in their journey that I thought were charming (but some people may find them annoying because they really serve no purpose). However. The ending. Though I can’t say I necessarily saw it coming, it was kind of obvious and also too neat. I thought the book was going to work towards some kind of hard truth about money and what it does to people but instead it all kind of turns into this weird wish fulfillment kind of thing. But sometimes in life you need a fairytale and I think that’s okay in this instance.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Lindsay Nixon

    3.8 stars This was amusing but not something I’m quick to recommend. It’s very YA-for-YA especially with the over-the-top-fantasy ending. I was like "oh, so this is a teen movie." What I liked about this book: how well it painted a reality many teenagers face. It was a bright display of enmeshment and dysfunctional parenting. Not that I want to hate on Rico’s mom—but her reliance on her teenage daughter in unhealthy. The story is hallmark “cute” — It isn’t the heavy-hitter Dear Martin is---very 3.8 stars This was amusing but not something I’m quick to recommend. It’s very YA-for-YA especially with the over-the-top-fantasy ending. I was like "oh, so this is a teen movie." What I liked about this book: how well it painted a reality many teenagers face. It was a bright display of enmeshment and dysfunctional parenting. Not that I want to hate on Rico’s mom—but her reliance on her teenage daughter in unhealthy. The story is hallmark “cute” — It isn’t the heavy-hitter Dear Martin is---very likely my YA of the year. It’s more popcorn but does manage to bring in a couple of social issues lightly.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Kelly

    This book shows just how much range Stone has as a writer and it solidifies my belief she's writing some of the best teen books FOR teens. She gets their voice and style. The exploration of poverty and financial insecurity is really well rendered. If you want humor, you'll do well here. The book is told with interwoven "voices" from inanimate objects that shed new perspective on the characters. Also? It's a nice romance that feels like it develops authentically.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Travis B.

    So far I think that this book is really good. They don't make this book seem unrealistic because they put you in this almost real problem relatable world. The author does a good job at making you feel bad able the characters and their way of life. I'm so excited to see what happens to the people she will meet and how the family will turn out!

  24. 4 out of 5

    Tricia Donley

    I loved every single minute of this book and would read it over and over again. Can not recommend it enough! Nic Stone is brilliant.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Anniek

    Actual rating: 3.5 I received an eARC of this book in exchange for my honest review. I really loved Nic Stone's previous two books, and I actually got to meet her in April this year, which was super lovely. So I was very excited to already be able to read her newest book. And for the most part, I really enjoyed this one too. It's an important read for sure. I don't think I've read any YA books that handle the topic of class and the impact money problems have on your life this well, since this was Actual rating: 3.5 I received an eARC of this book in exchange for my honest review. I really loved Nic Stone's previous two books, and I actually got to meet her in April this year, which was super lovely. So I was very excited to already be able to read her newest book. And for the most part, I really enjoyed this one too. It's an important read for sure. I don't think I've read any YA books that handle the topic of class and the impact money problems have on your life this well, since this was the main focus of the book and it usually seems to be more of a side issue. This was very interesting, and, honestly, stressful, to read. But unfortunately, I couldn't fully enjoy this novel either. It took me quite a long time to get into it, and even then, I just really didn't click with the writing style, There were some short chapters from the POVs of inanimate objects, which just really didn't work for me. And both the plot and the relationships between the characters were often so incredibly messy. To some extent, this worked really well as it breathed life into them and made them feel more realistic, but I would have preferred a more structured character development. I will say, I really loved Rico's little brother! Rep: black MC, half Mexican side character CWs: hospitals, financial problems, mentions of alcoholism, mention of panic attacks

  26. 5 out of 5

    Staci Vought

    I really enjoyed this - haven’t read a book this quickly in a while! I liked that it was simple, likable, and not too deep. I occasionally felt like I was being hit over the head by the message, but not enough to sidetrack my enjoyment...just enough that I was aware while reading. It’s an easy book to put in the hands of many types of students.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Divena

    This book was one of the YA reads that wasn't on my radar at all. I've never read any books by Nic Stone so this was my first. Thank You Netgalley for granting me an arc. I'd say this was about a 3.5 as I had to knock some stars off my review for some things I had a problem with So this is the story of Rico who is a girl living with her mom and little brother working pretty much full time while going to school to help her mother make ends meet. Rico is trying to track down this old lady who she This book was one of the YA reads that wasn't on my radar at all. I've never read any books by Nic Stone so this was my first. Thank You Netgalley for granting me an arc. I'd say this was about a 3.5 as I had to knock some stars off my review for some things I had a problem with So this is the story of Rico who is a girl living with her mom and little brother working pretty much full time while going to school to help her mother make ends meet. Rico is trying to track down this old lady who she believes bought a winning lottery ticket at her gas station in hopes of getting that ticket and claiming the money for herself. See Rico is like a second mother to her younger brother and she just wants a life where she can provide for him and give him the world. Where they don't have to just barely make rent at the end of the month and do without. Where the rich kids at school won't bully them. Rico's mom Rico's mother seriously got on my nerves. After her bad decisions she basically puts it all on her daughter to help take care of the family because she's too proud to apply for government assistance. But also insists on having them live in an area they can't afford under the guise of wanting better schools for her children. She never gets the dragging she deserves because bad parenting like that should've be excused. There was also a missed opportunity to inform people on the types of services available at little to no cost for single mothers. Services her family could've desperate used instead of Rico's mother working her to exhaustion. She has colitis but doesn't want to go on medicaid even after Rico calls her out. She doesn't have a change of mind instead just decides to go waste money on a vacation they can't afford. In another book someone from outside the family would've called her out about her shitty parenting. Also one thing I found strange is that Zan asks Rico "What are you?" and he clarifies that he means ethnically because it perplexes him that she doesn't know a popular rap song. Now we black girls know there's a stereotype that if you are a pretty black girl you must be mixed with something. And it's acknowledged that it's offensive but we still go there anyway. I expected her response to be. The black girl with the high cheekbones and curly hair is of course mixed. And Rico goes into this whole explanation about her "exotic" background with an Afro Spanish father and biracial mother. who was raised by a white father. I will say this book's strongest point is the effortless chemistry between Zan and Rico. They are a classic YA rom com duo. Zan is the rich boy who comes across like a bad boy but it really a cool down to earth dude. Rico seeks him out because he was at that gas station that day and she heard some rumors that he's good with computers. He doesn't open up much and he's kind of intrigued by her since at school she talks to no one. Once he and Rico form a friendship he really tries to get her to open up and does what he can to make her and her brother's lives a little easier. Which while cute at times can come across a little white saviorish. I would've loved to hear more of his POV vs the random objects POV we heard instead. I found his family dynamic very interesting. Him picking up Rico every day gave me shades of Not sure how I feel about that ending. It didn't end the way that I expected.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Kaleb

    I loved this book! As someone who grew up poor and experienced the struggles of being broke, I related to this book very well. From start to finish, I was invested in Rico, Zan and their journey that they take on together. I liked learning how similar both of them are even though they come from completely different circumstances. You’ll go on an emotional roller coaster reading this book but the ride is well worth it!!!

  29. 4 out of 5

    Slaa!!!

    OMG THIS BOOK. MY FEELINGS MY HEART THIS BOOK

  30. 4 out of 5

    - ̗̀ amy ̖́-

    ARC provided by the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. see my review on my blog: https://arosereads.home.blog/2019/09/...

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