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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 jackpo 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 jackpo 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. 4 out of 5

    Cristina Monica

    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 s 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 ⚔️ Queen of Villainy ⚔️ 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. 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.

  6. 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.

  7. 5 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.

  8. 4 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.

  9. 5 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 acr 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.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Ms. Woc Reader

    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 b 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.

  11. 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.

  12. 4 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 me 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

  13. 4 out of 5

    Enne (they/them)

    4 stars Nic Stone does not, in fact, ever let me down. This book explores class inequality and how it disproportionately affects people of color and specifically, in this case, Black people. This book throws the "money can't buy happiness" saying right back at you because sometimes it can!! This book explores the way Black teens are affected by class inequality and lack of resources. It unpacks so many important issues in such a short page count and it manages to pack in a lot of growth and devel 4 stars Nic Stone does not, in fact, ever let me down. This book explores class inequality and how it disproportionately affects people of color and specifically, in this case, Black people. This book throws the "money can't buy happiness" saying right back at you because sometimes it can!! This book explores the way Black teens are affected by class inequality and lack of resources. It unpacks so many important issues in such a short page count and it manages to pack in a lot of growth and development for its main character in the process. Jackpot follows a Black girl, Rico, who works at a gas station during her free time from school, so she can help her mom make ends meet. On Christmas day, her gas station sells the winning lottery ticket, but when the owner of the ticket doesn't show up to reclaim their prize, she decides to go on a scavenger hunt, determined to find them and maybe get a fraction of the winnings for herself. And to do that, Rico recruits the only other person who was in the store when she sold the ticket, who also happens to be the heir to the local corporation. I'm gonna try to refrain from making too many puns during this review, but I honestly feel like Nic Stone hit the jackpot with this one. The main character is incredibly fleshed out and there are so many different sides to her that it's impossible to know when something new is going to be revealed. Rico feels responsible for keeping her family off the streets because she knows her mom can't do it alone, and she feels responsible for taking care of her brother because her mom works day and night at multiple jobs. She knows she's not going to college and is instead going to work full time at the gas station because that's what her family needs her to do so they can survive. She's missing friends, a social life, and time. And she knows that a lot of her problems could be solved with money. Zan is the heir to the toilet paper empire that his father built, but he doesn't really want to be. But if he doesn't take over at the company after his dad leaves, he risks being disowned by his entire family. We don't know as much about Zan because he's the love interest in this book, but I appreciated that he had a personality of his own. Rico and Zan embark on the scavenger hunt together, determined to find the lottery ticket. Over the course of the story, they start to develop feelings for each other which leads to a very nice romance that I really enjoyed. (view spoiler)[And I also really appreciated the way their story ended that wasn't exactly a happy ending but very hopeful, it made me very happy and it didn't feel forced. (hide spoiler)] Throughout the story, Rico also finds herself spending more time with Zan's friends and realizes that they've become her friends, too. She's finally allowing time in her life for something other than work and school and her family, and it was interesting to see how that development affected her character. However, throughout this, she still puts her family first. Again, the plot of this book was what kept me from giving it a full five stars. The ending did feel a bit rushed, although I did really like the plot twist that came before it. I think there were a lot of things that the author tried to do in the second half of the book that could have been more effective had more time been devoted to it, but I still really appreciated what she was trying to say. At its core, Jackpot is a book about family, sacrifices, class inequality, and friendship. But it's also just about a girl who's doing her best in a world that makes that harder with every step of the way. This is an incredibly important, but also an incredibly entertaining book. Nic Stone does it again.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Janssen

    This was such a delightful, funny, sweet read.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Filipa

    Absolutely loved the conversation about money and class and the two main characters are the most adorable combo !

  16. 5 out of 5

    Zoë ☆

    Overall, this was a fun (though also heartbreaking) read! I liked the characters and their quest to find the 'jackpot', but I was kind of disappointed by the ending 🙈

  17. 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! 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!

  18. 5 out of 5

    Camryn

    I can’t tell if I want to give this four or five stars. I honestly didn’t expect to like it so much. I really liked all of the characters (except the mother, who drove me crazy.) I related to Rico a lot and I also liked all of the conversations between the characters. Also Zan is like one of my favorite YA love interests ever. Not going to lie. He had problems, but he was obviously very into Rico from the beginning and was so sweet about it. He also did a lot for her, just providing support. A l I can’t tell if I want to give this four or five stars. I honestly didn’t expect to like it so much. I really liked all of the characters (except the mother, who drove me crazy.) I related to Rico a lot and I also liked all of the conversations between the characters. Also Zan is like one of my favorite YA love interests ever. Not going to lie. He had problems, but he was obviously very into Rico from the beginning and was so sweet about it. He also did a lot for her, just providing support. A lot of it made me super touched. I also loved the conversations about privilege and money and obligations throughout. And I loved how Zan loved Rico’s little brother. I think I’m giving this four because I was sort of let down by the ending. It was really great in one way, but I feel like we waited so long to find out about something and it was sort of a let down. There’s a time jump at the end and I feel like I really missed out, especially in terms of Zan’s development; I found myself wondering how he got to where he was and made his decision. I also wanted to know more about Rico; I feel like they told us something happened and we didn’t get to see the result or product of it. It didn’t feel like a cliff hanger, but just like the book stopped short. That being said, I’m only disappointed because I really felt close to the characters as the book went along. I found myself excited to come back to over and over. I wish more people would talk about it.

  19. 4 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.

  20. 4 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

  21. 4 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 f ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️/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.

  22. 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 ever *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...

  23. 4 out of 5

    avaa

    Wow this was so good? Like i cannot believe a book can b this good good. Some possibly incoherent thoughts i have -normally i despise books that have commentary but aren’t a hard hitting plot but this bad boy? Excellence, pure excellence. The social commentaries on race, class and identity are perfect woven into the wild-goose-chase plot where its still light and easy to read, but leaves an IMPACT -RICO!!! What an amazing main character. She is the perfect balance of strengths and flaws and i love Wow this was so good? Like i cannot believe a book can b this good good. Some possibly incoherent thoughts i have -normally i despise books that have commentary but aren’t a hard hitting plot but this bad boy? Excellence, pure excellence. The social commentaries on race, class and identity are perfect woven into the wild-goose-chase plot where its still light and easy to read, but leaves an IMPACT -RICO!!! What an amazing main character. She is the perfect balance of strengths and flaws and i love her -i also loved zan!! He is so sweet and stupid!! -the romance was done so well, and didnt take away from the story at all -the ending!! Tears This books is so underrated but amazing all the way! A must read!

  24. 4 out of 5

    Lauren

    3.5-3.75/5⭐📚 Loved this book, great storyline, great characters. Rico is a hardworking badass main character and I loved the developing friendship between her and Zan, the quest to find the missing lottery ticket was epic. I adored the stories from random inanimate objects in this book, was very unique. I thought this book was gonna be a 4.75 for me but the ending I felt was a bit quick to wrap things up, I felt the story was building all the way through nicely and then the ending wasn't what I 3.5-3.75/5⭐📚 Loved this book, great storyline, great characters. Rico is a hardworking badass main character and I loved the developing friendship between her and Zan, the quest to find the missing lottery ticket was epic. I adored the stories from random inanimate objects in this book, was very unique. I thought this book was gonna be a 4.75 for me but the ending I felt was a bit quick to wrap things up, I felt the story was building all the way through nicely and then the ending wasn't what I expected. I did like the little twist at the end and was surprised. Overall I would recommend this book and I want to read Dear Martin next. *Thank you to netgalley, publishers and Nic for my E-ARC in exchange for an honest review*

  25. 4 out of 5

    Janani

    Really enjoyed the character-work, especially Rico. Money/finances are such complex subjects to tackle (yay capitalism), even more so in YA, and Nic Stone does a solid job. Confused about how I feel about the ending but I think that's the intention, because it makes the reader have to confront their relationship with money, value, wealth, humanity as it exists in a capitalist structure. Any clean ending would have felt disjointed.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Alex Johnson

    3.5. I loved it because it was a Nic Stone book and I appreciated the class consciousness of it. But the characters felt pretty static (as in Rico has the same concerns throughout the book) and the romance & plot were each a little lackluster. A good easy read that the deals nicely and realistically (relatively speaking) with how teenagers think about money. 3.5. I loved it because it was a Nic Stone book and I appreciated the class consciousness of it. But the characters felt pretty static (as in Rico has the same concerns throughout the book) and the romance & plot were each a little lackluster. A good easy read that the deals nicely and realistically (relatively speaking) with how teenagers think about money.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Lizzy Reads

    3.5 stars

  28. 4 out of 5

    Beth Honeycutt

    Cover to cover in one day. Couldn’t put it down and stayed up past my bedtime to finish:)

  29. 4 out of 5

    Makiya

    Makiya Evans Jackpot is a fiction romance novel thats about a 17 year old girl name rico who's working at gas n go on Christmas Eve. Her family is quit unstable. between her and her mom working together they still barely make rent in the neighborhood they live in for the good schools. Rico sold three lottery tickets. one of the tickets she sold was a winner, but the winning wasn't claimed.Rico thinks if she informs the winner they'll give her a percentage of the money. One of her classmates Zan Makiya Evans Jackpot is a fiction romance novel thats about a 17 year old girl name rico who's working at gas n go on Christmas Eve. Her family is quit unstable. between her and her mom working together they still barely make rent in the neighborhood they live in for the good schools. Rico sold three lottery tickets. one of the tickets she sold was a winner, but the winning wasn't claimed.Rico thinks if she informs the winner they'll give her a percentage of the money. One of her classmates Zan, who has a wealthy family that makes toilet paper products was kicked out of his last school for hacking. So she got him to hack the gas n go security camera so she can get the license plate of the 3 people who bought the tickets. as they track down the winners rico and Zan become closer. Rico life changes not only from knowing Zan but from her life routine being broken. I choose this book since I loved dear Martin so much. I honestly didn't expect to like this book so much but it was so entertaining. I liked all of the characters expect for the mother. The conversations between rico and zen were so genuine. The novel shows the impact money can actually have on your life. Once you start reading its honestly hard to stop. This novel is about the love in people. No matter what issues you have because we all have them.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Sarah Rosenberger

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

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