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The Poker Diaries by Liza Conrad

The Poker Diaries

by Liza Conrad

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Reviewed by Jennifer Rummel for TeensReadToo.com

Lulu's Rule of Poker #2 states: Don't bet what you can't afford to lose.

Dack thinks he can play poker. Lulu knows he can't because every time they play strip poker with her friend Angie, they always stop the game with Dack in his boxers. When Lulu goes to her dad's for the weekend, she gets a panicked phone call from Dack. He played poker with some other rich boys from the neighborhood, and now he's lost a prized possession.

Lulu, a poker goddess, agrees to play the winner in a rematch. When she arrives, she notices something a little strange about the other players, but nothing too out of the ordinary. She cleans house, taking back Dack's watch. Both friends think this is the end of the story; however it's only the beginning.

Soon, Lulu's in hot water--with her dad, her mom, and maybe her new stepfather, who just happens to be the mayor. Can she fix things before they get way out of hand?

THE POKER DIARIES feature rules of poker, a poker glossary, and rules for certain games. This novel is for anyone who loves poker, helping friends out of tough places, and for those just looking for a fun read. ( )
  GeniusJen | Oct 12, 2009 |
Really enjoyed this book. Adult writer Erica Orloff writing for YA. It's a fun book about a poker wiz teen named Lulu and how far she'll go to help a friend. ( )
  nutti72 | Feb 27, 2008 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0451220242, Paperback)

From the author of Rock My World and High School Bites-a tale of a poker-playing teen whose two lives are about to collide.

For a city girl, Lulu has the best of both worlds-uptown and downtown. Her mother teaches her about art and high society...then every other weekend she's with her dad, playing poker in the back room of her grandfather's bar. Mark, her downtown crush, is almost as good at the game as she is, but her uptown friends lose their shirts. So when her buddy Dack gets mixed up with the wrong crowd and loses a bit more than he should, it's up to Lulu to win it back for him. But things have become even more complicated- especially now that her mom is dating Mr. Toughon- Crime himself, the Mayor of New York City.

(retrieved from Amazon Thu, 12 Mar 2015 18:02:16 -0400)

The daughter of an art museum curator and a gambler, fifteen-year-old Lulu has had the best of both worlds since the divorce, but when one of her uptown friends loses more than he should at poker, it is up to her to win it back in a high-stakes, illegal game that could be trouble for everyone--including the tough-on-crime mayor her mother is dating.… (more)

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