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Jackpot

by Nic Stone

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From the author of the #1 New York Times bestseller Dear Martin--which Angie Thomas, the bestselling author of The Hate U Give, called "a must read"--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. "[A] funny, captivating, and thoughtful tale for young readers about class privilege, class deprivation, and the politics of luck and love." --Ibram X. Kendi, The Atlantic "A delightful, hilarious romance that digs into issues surrounding class. You'll laugh as much as you sigh while reading this novel about luck, love...and how having a little bit of both is more than enough." --Paste… (more)
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Entertaining book about a high school senior from a poor family who is looking for a missing winning lottery ticket. There's a romance with the scion of a toilet paper company, a twist ... and a some chapters from the point of view of animate objects.

The animate objects hooked me. They're small chapters and not overplayed. They usually added more questions than answers to the story.

The author spent a lot of time on Rico's and Zan's clothes. A lot. I get it. I didn't need the author to hammer the idea in my idea that Rico was poor and Zan smelled nice.
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  wellington299 | Feb 19, 2022 |
This one was really cute and quite a page turner. It had substantial character arcs but also some fluffy romance. It was a great combination of themes and a really easy read. Highly recommend this one if you’re looking for something quick that will pull you in. ( )
  KimZoot | Jan 2, 2022 |
At times, I wanted to drop this book, but then I would read a section that caused me to stick around until the cycle repeated. The chapters from the perspectives of inanimate objects were quirky. In the beginning, I just was not feeling the Zan and Rico connection, but toward the second half, their interactions got less cringy and better. I was really tired of Rico’s mom. If you want to suffer in silence, have at it, but don’t let your decision affect the kids. Overall, I liked the story for the most part.

Not too sure how I feel about the ending. if Rico would've stopped being prideful, she could have had it all! Just snatch it out his hand and walk away. I think Zan overstepped his boundaries at the end.

2.5 ish ( )
  DestDest | Jul 30, 2020 |
Jackpot is written by Nic Stone, who is the amazing author of Dear Martin, Clean Getaway, and Odd One Out. Rico is an African American young lady who works at a gas station in the book, Jackpot. Her mom, brother, and Rico live together, but struggle to make ends meet. Rico sells two lottery tickets one day at work and the elderly woman allows Rico to add her birthday as numbers on one ticket. She then allows Rico to pick a ticket for herself. When the numbers are called, Rico recognizes the numbers. She then finds out the winning ticket was sold at her gas station. Time goes on and no one is claiming the winnings. Zan Macklin, a white affluential teen, is determined to help Rico find the elderly woman. Two teens teamed up, who are from very different backgrounds get to know each other and realize they may have more in common than they expected.

Creative writing throughout this book as some chapters are written from the perspective of objects, such as cash, fidget spinner, a stove, etc. Friendship, acceptance, empathy, and intrigue throughout. Jackpot is a selection on the ballot for next year’s YA Global Read Aloud! #Hottingerhighlights #pagecation2020 ( )
  lflareads | Jun 27, 2020 |
RGG: Not sure the plot makes all that much sense, but the characters are wonderful. Depiction of economic insecurity is important. Reading Interest: 13-YA
  rgruberexcel | Mar 25, 2020 |
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From the author of the #1 New York Times bestseller Dear Martin--which Angie Thomas, the bestselling author of The Hate U Give, called "a must read"--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. "[A] funny, captivating, and thoughtful tale for young readers about class privilege, class deprivation, and the politics of luck and love." --Ibram X. Kendi, The Atlantic "A delightful, hilarious romance that digs into issues surrounding class. You'll laugh as much as you sigh while reading this novel about luck, love...and how having a little bit of both is more than enough." --Paste

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