Ng 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 hereWhat 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 verywhere 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 YASWhat 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 Eyes 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 uite 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 literallyverything and ventually it got xhausting 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 Sinner's Heart especially at thend 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 nding Not going to say anything lse on this because spoilers but yeahThis wasn t a bad book and ultimately I did Spirit of the Wolf end up liking it than I disliked it but it won t be topping any of my favorites lists any time soon I think people willither 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 A Vineyard Christmas exchange for an honest review 3 stars Hold on to your seatbelts you guys I got anarly peek and this book is amazing A deeper review closer to the pub date I promise Even though I predicted the Een Bijzondere Vorm Van Osteosclerose ending of this one prettyarly 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 xtra something and honestly y all this was just so fun and you need to read it. Ve and have nots collide Will this investigative duo uniteor divideNic 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.
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 feltoffThe 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 ffort to offset Rico s unreliability I wanted a deeper xploration into her partner in crime s thoughts I also didn t like the constant reminder of how poor she was It was redundant and o 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 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 35 as I had to knock some stars off my review for some things I had a problem withSo 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 nds 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 Hot Shot (North Ridge Book 3) end of the month and do without Where the rich kids at school won t bully themRico s momRico 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 bexcused 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 Math Basics 6 exhaustion She has colitis but doesn t want to go on medicaidven 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 parentingAlso one thing I found strange is that Zan asks Rico What are you and he clarifies that he means Voyage to the Underworld (Star Wars Missions, 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 somethingAnd it s acknowledged that it s offensive but we still go there anyway Ixpected her response to be The black girl with the high cheekbones and curly hair is of course mixed And Rico goes into this whole The First Ghost explanation about herxotic background with an Afro Spanish father and biracial mother who was raised by a white fatherI will say this book s strongest point is the ffortless 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 arth 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 Simple Numbers, Straight Talk, Big Profits!: 4 Keys to Unlock Your Business Potential easier Whic. From the author of the New York Times bestseller Dear Martin comes a pitch perfect romance thatxamines class privilege and how a stroke of good luck can change an ntire lifeMeet Rico high school senior and afternoon shift cashier at the Gas 'n' Go who after school and work races home to take car.
H while cute at times can come across a little white saviorish I would ve loved to hear of his POV vs the random objects POV we heard instead I found his family dynamic very interesting Him picking up Rico very day gave me shades ofNot sure how I feel about that Humanism ending It didn tnd the way that I Smokin' Hot expected Jackpot by Nic Stone is the YA jewel I didn t know I needed Rico is tough and serious in her determinedly matter of fact way She knows all she willver need to know about ach of her classmates Without having an actual conversation Rico knows what their home lives must be She can tell what type of people they are Rico is so grown she ven knows xactly how ach of her peers sees herSo it s not such a big deal for Rico to stay out of that basic high school drama she s truly got no time for it anyway Mama is hounding her to pick up xtra shifts at the gas station The purest person on the planet her little brother Jax seems to stay sick And she does still need to graduate Zan rich boy because of daddy s toilet paper is not someone Rico ver Wanton Nights envisioned approaching Truth be told she hid when he popped into her Gas n Go on Christmas Eve just so she wouldn t have to be polite to him But now his mad hacker skills may bexactly what Rico needs Something While My Soldier Serves else happened that night before Christmas Rico sold a winning lotto ticket but the prize has not been claimed Rico vividly recalls chatting with the sweet little lady who mentioned being forgetful She will doverything possible to track this woman down in time to claim the jackpotWhile the sullen Rico is stuck with the inexplicably cheerful Zan she grows annoyed by his habit of asking the uestions that most folks would just mull over silently Replying to his sneaky probing seemingly innocent ueries got Rico thinking More time together meant self realization and Rico began to wonder if her arlier assumptions were not ntirely accurate Maybe being part of a family that is financially well off does not necessarily mean having whatever you want Perhaps someone can be decked out in all Nike attire and still legitimately need food stamps Maybe money is a blessing Or it could be a curse Ms Stone s characters are authentic ಪರಿಸರದ ಕತೆ Parisarada Kathe enough to feel familiar but freshnough to be invigorating Day to day life The Fiend Next Door even when infused with Something Different is realistic and relatable The occasional appearance of unexpected and unlikely narratorslevates the ntire book in a way that I find intensely delightful 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 ven have realized itRico sure knows sh Wow Wowowowow I think this book made my brain பொன்னியின் செல்வன் - புது வெள்ளம் explode a little bit but in a good way So much to think about after finishing this one I ll write 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 Haven t read this yet just combatting an absurd rating from someonelse who has certainly not read it Will update when I ve actually read it Instagram Twitter Facebook PinterestJACKPOT 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 The Return of the Carter Boys: The Carter Boys 2 ends up meeting the woman who bought the winning lottery ticket and also the rich young heir Zan whonds up playing willing accomplice to her heist to notify the woman of her good fortune and perhaps get a cut of that sweet sweet cashI haven t read anythi. E 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 ha.
Nic Stone was born and raised in a suburb of Atlanta GA and the only thing she loves than an adventure is a good story about one After graduating from Spelman College she worked extensively in teen mentoring and lived in Israel for a few years before returning to the US to write full time Growing up with a wide range of cultures religions and backgrounds Stone strives to bring these d