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Aces Up

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Seventeen-year-old high school senior Shannon Card needs money. And lots of it. She's been admitted to Wellesley, but her dad just lost his job, and somehow she has to come up with a year of tuition herself. But Shannon's dream of making big bucks waitressing at the local casino, the Collosio, disappears faster than a gambler's lucky streak. Her boss is a tyrant, her cowor...more
Paperback, 288 pages
Published August 10th 2010 by Ember
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Aces Up is a full house of pure enjoyment! What a great read that fans of YA and Lauren Barnholdt will feel is an absolute hit.

The cast of characters in this book are engaging and refreshing, and the story is perfectly narrated by Shannon Card delivering an adventure that's face paced, bold and energetic. I loved Shannon's wit, daring choices and mental tangents because she came across as a relatable character that was easy to sympathize for. The plot was unique for YA but I did notice some sim...more
I'm a big fan of Lauren Barnholdt's Two-Way Street and One Night That Changes Everything so I was surprised this book turned out to just be okay for me. It was a good book, but I dunno, something just felt off with Aces Up.

While the characters were all uniquely written I don't think I liked any of them to be honest. Shannon seemed a bit all over the place and her inner thoughts was a little to hyper and scattered while the dialog was spazzy and repetitive. I though that Cole was nothing but a sh...more
Karla (Reads and Thoughts)
Shannon Card, seventeen-year old senior needs money. Lots of it. Not for anything bad but for college. After her father loses his job, she must find a way to earn money. And so, she finds a job at a Casino working as a waitress.

A couple of days into her job, she receives an invitation to join Aces Up, a group of college students who has an extreme talent and luck in playing poker. At first she was skeptical because she has enough to worry about: keeping her job, winning the coveted math scholars...more
I have to clarify that this is really a 3 1/2, I mean who wouldn't want to read about a secret society of poker players? seriously. This book was awesome in a light-hearted, laugh-out-loud funny, quick, and meaningful read; I really enjoyed it! Something about the writing style really appealed to me--it was like I was actually there apart of the story and going along for the ride.

I loved all the characters! Shannon was so real; I could really understand her, why she does what she does, not to me...more
Michelle. D.
I really like how the book started. And then the events that happened after that made it even better. I really liked all the characters in the book and there were some pretty funny scenes in it(or maybe that was just me thinking it was funny).
So the book is about a girl names Shannon who lies about her age to work in a casino to get money for college. She has to tutor, maintain good grades and keep up with her social life. At the casino, she meets a guy name Cole who tells her she is selected t...more
Savannah (Books With Bite)
This story totally reminds of the movie 21. It follow the similar line except without the whole teamwork aspect.

Plot: This is about a girl who is taking matters into her own hands. Young and smart, Shannon needs money for college. After taking a job, she discovers someone who can help her make more money than she ever in thought…in gambling. I found this story particular interesting because it feels exciting knowing that a groups has a game plan to win money. The plot moves fairly quickly after...more
Ah, who knew I would fall in love with Aces Up? I've heard of Lauren Barnholdt's other books but Aces Up is the first of hers that I've actually read. I guess my brother really meant something when he said "That sounds good." Referring to the book.

You know those heist movies like Ocean's Eleven/Twelve/Thirteen or the Italian Job? I always love those badass films. But Aces Up is well yes, different but it involves money and casino. What comes to my mind whenever casino comes up are money, middle-...more
Chelsea Nicole
This book doesn't even deserve the OK rating I gave it. I just didn't want to be the jerk that gave it one star. Let me just start out by saying that Lauren Barnholdt has to secretly be a fourteen year old girl. There is no way she isn't. Her characters are always shallow and nondescript. I feel like she just throws a bunch of people together and calls it a book.
With that said let's start off by analyzing the plot. Which, surprisingly, was actually a really great idea if she would have pulled i...more
Michelle (Fluttering Butterflies)
This review was originally published at Fluttering Butterflies

Aces Up by Lauren Barnholdt is not at all like I'd expected it to be. From the cover, I really expected some light, flirtiness playing poker. And while there is poker, and there are relationships in this book, I found both aspects to be quite surprising.

Our main character in this story is Shannon Card. She's 17 and she's just been accepted for early admission into Wellesley College. It's a huge thing for her, she's been working so har...more
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Zoe and the Edge
I liked the characters in the story, from Robyn, her best friend big sister to self-appointed best friend Mackenzie who is very volatile and a little nutty, but I kind of liked her gusto. Even though there were rough patches, these two are wonderfully supportive and protective of Shannon in the long run. I even enjoyed Parvati’s character, the politely self-centered brainiac at Shannon’s school.

Shannon likes to rant. She’s the complete opposite of a one-tracked mind. Most of the time I like the...more
With summer finally here, Aces Up is the perfect book to lay outside under the sun and read. It is a quick, charming read that really draws you in. Though it's not as good as Lauren Barnholdt's other books, the story line is unique to other books I've read, but it is very similar to the movie 21. Aside from that, I really liked Shannon and felt for her when things didn't end up going her way during the book. Her relationship with Cole was kind of weird, but I loved her fragile relationship with...more
Ana Banda

Okay; totalmente diferente a todo lo que habia leido antes :)
tengo algo de experiencia sobre jugar poker, mi hermano lo hace aunque estoy completamente segura que sabe en que momento parar :)
Es muy tipico el hecho de que por tratar de conseguir algo que verdaderamente nos importa hagamos cosas sin tomar en cuenta las c...more
Kayla Tawadros-Farinelli

When I first started reading this book my expectations were sorta high, since I read a lot of good reviews. I admit, I could not put this book down at one point, but then towards the end I started getting bored as the story wasn't really going there..I read this book all in one day actually! It was a very fast, easy and simple read. The plot wasn't big enough in my opinion, and the story's ending seemed kinda empty. I would have loved there to be some giant twist at the end, but sadly the endin...more
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Aces Up was just an ok read for me. As hard as I tried, I just really couldn't get into the storyline. The main character, Shannon was funny and likable, the friend she had a crush on, Max, was cute and endearing. Shannon's sister Robyn and fellow waitress and new BFF Mckenzie added a lot of humor to the story. And the Aces Up ringleader, Cole had just enough mystery to pull you in and was just enough of a jerk to have you rooting for Shannon at the end. All in all not one of my favs of Barnhold...more
Ana Cat
I was expecting more from this story that what it gave me. But I am not saying that it disappointed me. It's still a good story, a unique one with all the poker thing and all. Or maybe, I was expecting excitement like the one "Beautiful Disaster" gave me. Stories both have poker topics as well.

But this one lacks the thrill or the suspense that I might expect from a story that came out from poker. But it's a good thing that I learned some basics in poker :D

I didn't like Max that well. I found hi...more
It was an okay book, quick read. In the middle it gets pretty boring. I thought it would be a little bit like '21' The movie but its very different. Anyway, if your in a mood for drama and romance and comedy, then this is it
Amanda (Good Choice Reading)

I'm a fan of Lauren Barnholdt's work, but this one fell flat for me. The main character was painfully naive and I just couldn't enjoy it like I have her other books.
I liked this book. The subject of the book was great. It's fast paced and I like how I never really knew what was going to happen next.
Sep 27, 2010 Jasmine rated it 2 of 5 stars
Shelves: own
I like Lauren Bardholdt, I really do, but I did not like this book, not even a little bit.
I'm beginning to realize Lauren Barnholdt's books are very similar. Not the stories, more like the characters and the book itself. This is the second book I've read, the first didn't blew me away, and being the first book I had read of her I didn't know if all her books were the same. After finishing this one, I'm starting to lose faith. I wasn't planing to read this one, but it was night, I had no internet, no cable, and just a few books to choose from, so I decided in this one. I read it in ab...more
The BookWhisperer
Lauren Barnholdt is another awesome author to be on the lookout for. I am reminded of my favorite author Simone Elkeles when reading this authors works. Aces Up is an incredibly unique story about a young girl that gets mixed up in the world of Gambling. The book description explains this story about a world of Gambling, but when I began reading the novel I found so much more. Shannon Card is desperate to find money for her future. After her Father lost his job the family is forced to downsize,...more
I absolutely love playing cards, any kind of card game is my favorite game. From Texas Hold 'em to Go Fish, I am the first to shuffle the cards. So when I first heard of Aces Up, I knew I needed to get a hold of it. A YA novel about a secret Poker society? Sounds like my kind of book.

My expectations were a bit higher than they should have been, I must admit. I recently read and reviewed Two Way Street, another Barnholdt novel, and I wasn't too happy with her writing style or the way the charact...more
Shannon Card needs money and she needs it ASAP. With her early admission into her dream college, she's going to need more then Financial Aid and student grants to pay off the tuition. To make the situation worse, her father just got laid off from his job and the family is under a financial crisis. The story starts off on Shannon's first day at her job as a cocktail waitress in a Casino. Although working at the Casino will help Shannon make money, there is just one tiny little problem.

She's a min...more
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Definitely a YA book: boy/girl stuff, but not overly graphic in description.

Great premise - a high school girl's father loses his job, and she has been accepted to Wellesley College early acceptance (she is very bright in Math), so she HAS to have the money or she cannot go to college that year. So, she gets a job at a casino, but of course is underage, so a long chain of events start that she is trying to hide from her sister (older, going to community college because of the $$ situation) and...more
Leigh Herondale
Recently got another book by Lauren Barnholdt entitled Aces Up. I've been eyeing this book for weeks and finally decided to get it when me and my sister decided to raid FullyBooked since Dad would be paying anyway. Hehe. And again, Lauren Barnholdt did not disappoint. This is quite different from her other novels though which involves ex's usually. The novel is told in Shannon Card's POV.

First of all, I liked Shannon as a female character though her constant lying just bugged me a bit. Oh well,...more
Sara Grochowski
ACES UP was my introduction to Lauren Barnholdt and her writing, and I must say, it was a great first impression.

Despite the fact that I know nearly nothing about poker and the colorful world of gambling, I found it remarkably easy to identify with Shannon. It wasn't so much the fast, faintly sinister world she found herself in that I found intriguing, but the reason she felt she needed to venture there.

Shannon's family has fallen on hard economic times and they've had to give up many extraneo...more
I’ve been wearing my Chicago Public Library card out with the lendable ebooks. Anything sound remotely interesting and available for checkout? WORD. READING IT NOW. Aces Up is one of those.

It’s about a girl in a crappy little town who gets a job at the nearby casino to make money for college. That’s easy enough, you’d think. Except you have to be 21 to wait tables at the casino, and she’s 17. Time to forge all the documents. And her family thinks she’s working at a nearby diner. Obviously that w...more
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