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3.06  ·  Rating details ·  140 ratings  ·  35 reviews
When Leni's family hit the lottery, life got . . . well, strange. Leni's parents built a mansion fit for royalty; they enrolled their daughter in the fanciest, most expensive private school in Florida; and they even bought Leni a dolphin for her 12th birthday (she made them take it back). But all of that extravagant living has caught up with them and the lottery money is a ...more
Hardcover, 272 pages
Published December 10th 2013 by Knopf Books for Young Readers (first published December 4th 2013)
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Richie Partington
Jul 08, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fiction
Richie's Picks: SPOILS by Tammar Stein, Knopf, December 2013, 272p., ISBN: 978-0-375-87062-0

"Money, get away.
Get a good job with good pay and you're okay.
Money, it's a gas.
Grab that cash with both hands and make a stash.
New car, caviar, four star daydream,
Think I'll buy me a football team."
-- Pink Floyd, "Money"

"People dream about winning the lottery and how it'll change their lives. The fact that the change will be for the better is taken for granted. Since when did copious, ridiculous, Mono
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Moira
Dec 14, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kid-lit
OMG, this is the perfect book. A lottery win gone wrong. A deal with the devil. All set in my beloved St. Petersburg Florida, and written with a totally deft hand and great insight. You will NOT want to put it down.
Stefanie
Sep 15, 2018 rated it did not like it
Shelves: unfinished
Gave up at 53%. Insipid, weirdly religious, and dull.
Cindy Hudson
May 16, 2014 rated it really liked it
What would you do if you won $70 million dollars in the lottery? For Leni’s family in Florida, it meant lots of spending on both selfish pursuits and worthy causes. Which is why it’s nearly all gone only seven years later. Most of what remains is in a trust fund for Leni for her to claim on her 18th birthday a week away.

Thinking about what she’ll do with her money she reviews where the rest went: her older brother Eddie spent his on travel and extravagance and now rarely leaves the basement of t
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Suzanne
Jan 25, 2015 rated it it was ok
I found this to be strangely written, with italicized bits that focused on outsiders to the primary story, among them a devil and an angel, as well as a homeless man, and a couple whose child has cancer. In fact, I don't even really understand the main character Leni's conviction and rationale for the use of the million dollar trust to which she will have access upon turning 18. Her parents won the lottery some seven years prior and put aside that amount of money for each of their three kids bef ...more
Tammar Stein
Mar 14, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
For the first time in my writing career, I stayed put long enough to write about a place while I lived in it. Florida is a such a weird, wonderful, sometimes frightening place that it became my second protagonist. Cement eating termites, ever-present alligators, and spiders large enough to have a social security number, it was all too rich not to delight in.

Spoils is about family and loyalties, taking a chance on people, and the power of a million dollars to change the world.
Rita Ciresi
Dec 04, 2013 rated it it was amazing
This is an engrossing cautionary tale: be careful what you wish for, as you may get it, and then some. Both adult and young-adult readers will be drawn to the characters, conflict, and wonderful descriptions of Florida. I don't dare say more, as it might spoil the ending of Spoils! ...more
Aniele
Dec 27, 2013 rated it did not like it
I rarely give book one star. Too many loose threads in the story line. Lots of potential, but overall very disappointing.
The Unwanted Book Club Mae
I don't know whether I'm keeping this one or not so hold onto your butts.
All in all? Stupid. Pointless. I believe someone used the term 'insipid'. Thank you for that nostalgic reference. It fits well with the theme.
The main character is the daughter of a family who 'won' the lotto jackpot. Except they didn't ACTUALLY win? Somehow their other daughter made a deal with the devil and he made it happen? Oh. The money's cursed. The angel Michael's involved. And there are a lot of italicized reference
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Michael Jones
Feb 28, 2013 rated it liked it
Money is truly the root of all evil in this somewhat imbalanced teen drama. Seven years ago, Leni Kohn’s family won the lottery--$22 million after taxes. Today, a week before Leni’s eighteenth birthday, the family is pretty much broke. Careless investments, wasteful spending, and too many generous “loans” have reduced their fortune to near-nothing. The family has one hope left: when Leni turns eighteen, her trust fund kicks in and she finally gets access to the million put aside just for her. Ev ...more
Sherri
Apr 08, 2014 rated it really liked it
Seventeen-year-old “Leni” (Lenore) feels the crushing weight of her family’s poor financial decisions that multiplied seven years ago when her parents brought home $22 million for one winning lottery ticket. Now all that money is gone and all that remains is a run-down beach-front mansion and the $1 million set aside for Leni for when she turns 18. Her older brother and sister already blew through their million; at least her sister Natasha still has the tea shop she purchased but her 27 year-old ...more
Kat
Jan 07, 2014 rated it liked it
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Natalie
Mar 17, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: peach-award
Peach Award (4 stars)

It's possible the best part of this novel is the descriptions. Which is not to say I didn't like the story, because I really did, but Stein creates a mental painting of Florida so detailed you can almost reach out and touch it. I loved the "what if" framing of this novel. What if you won the lottery? What if you suddenly had more money that you ever imagined? What if you threw it all away, or knew someone who did? What if you found out the money was never supposed to be your
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Jacqueline
Feb 02, 2016 rated it it was amazing
When the book begins, Leni is a week away from her 18th birthday and the right to spend her million dollar trust fund as she chooses. Her father won the lottery seven years before and she is the only family member left with money from the big event. Leni’s parents spent their lottery winnings on a lavish lifestyle that has left them broke and living in a mansion, cringing at calls from creditors. Leni is emotionally torn. She feels she has a responsibility to her parents to help them financially ...more
Critical Reader
Apr 07, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Expectations were high for Stein's companion book to Kindred. In a world where good and evil bring their A game with Angels and the Devil, Spoils picks up where Debts (a great novela) leaves off. The story started in Kindred comes full circle here. Stein masterfully blends the supernatural with superb story telling, characters who will be your friends, and beautiful prose.

Most importantly, once you start reading Spoils, you won't stop until you finish. Once you do finish, you'll be left asking y
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Kathy Wawer
Family wins huge lottery and manages to to spend it all except for a million kept in trust for the youngest child. She will have control of it when she turns 18- a few weeks away.
Leni, is clear-headed, loves nature, and despises the tacky, wasteful way her parents spent all of their money. The other characters have flaws and strength, a mix of good intensions and bad behavior. Everyone expects Leni to hand over her trust to her parents, who have considerable debt but she's not sure what the best
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Elise
Dec 24, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: young-adult
This is actually a very fun story to read and I like the many unique elements.... A captivating voice for the protagonist / narrator, an intriguing plot and theme, and a believable supernatural element as well... The kind that many of us seek out .... That inner voice from the world beyond... I'd like to read more from this author. I also loved the portrayal of this lovable yet fallible Jewish family. kudos. ...more
Janet
Nov 01, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2013
In a week, Leni will have access to her million dollar trust fund. Her parents have squandered the millions from a lottery win and want her to turn her money over to them. But the archangel Michael visits Lenis and tells her to use it to "fix it." But what is she supposed to fix? A real page turner with just the right amount of romance. ...more
Kara
Jun 06, 2014 rated it liked it
I never read Stein's other book, so I wasn't quite sure what to expect. I liked the message choices. It was really nice to see a novel with a Jewish protagonist, where the Judaism is actually a part of their lives. Usually it only gets mentioned because of Hannukah or something,s so I likes seeing the Jewish themes throughout the story. ...more
Kira
Jun 14, 2014 rated it it was ok
Shelves: ya, 2014
Like others have said, I really liked this book's premise, but I don't think it was executed very well. The resolution to the problem (view spoiler) was pretty boring and just wasn't satisfying for me. There are religious themes in the book but they weren't very preachy or pushy IMO. Still a pretty good summer or rainy day read. ...more
Sabrina
Dec 16, 2013 rated it it was ok
Tammar Stein offers a fascinating exploration of how people can be swayed by the powerful allure of money and its ability to enact an abundance of good, as well as immeasurable harm. - Read the rest of my review at http://www.teenreads.com/reviews/spoils ...more
Janine Spendlove
Jan 03, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I really REALLY enjoyed this book. It's a fantastic concept that really makes you think - what would you do with a million dollars? How would it enhance or ruin your life or the lives of those around you?

Plus it was really well written & a very engaging story. I was really happy with the ending.
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Elena
Jan 10, 2014 rated it liked it
First book of 2014!

The premise was really intriguing, and I liked the main character but I am fairly disappointed with the ending. I can't really talk about it too much without giving everything away, sadly, but I just felt she was a little less self-sacrificing.
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Devera Chandler
3 stars
not sure if this is reality fiction or religious fiction. very disappointed. I was hoping for more so reality fiction and even though I am very spiritual, I found this a read that is not relatable.
Myos
Sep 29, 2015 rated it it was ok
I really liked the premise, but totally didn't expect the surnatural part. There's nothing wrong with the story but it's not what I expected (I hoped for the story of winning the lottery then learning how to live without, for instance). ...more
Lesley
Dec 04, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: library, florida
Interesting premise, but ended up... too spiritual for my taste. Also had many moments of college-freshman-taking-creative-writing-for-the-first-time prose. Like, no one really uses the word "epitome" unironically anymore. ...more
♥Jessica, ♥Lady of the Library♥
Lots of religious themes, which was okay even though I'm agnostic. Still, was boring most of the way through. If you like this kind of thing, it could be a great summer read.
2.5 stars.
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Ramsey
May 20, 2014 rated it did not like it
i feel bad like i should give this a three but idk.
2.5 stars.
Jenny
Aug 28, 2014 rated it liked it
I like the idea of a book about winning the lottery. Not having to worry about money is a dream for most people. However, please leave the supernatural stuff out of it!
Jess
Nov 03, 2014 rated it liked it
Prose was great. The plot not so much. I just think it could have been done well as a straight realistic fiction without the inspirational aspects.
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Tammar Stein is the award-winning author of the YA novel, Light Years, a Virginia Reader's Choice book and an ALA Best Book for Young Adults, 2006. Her second novel, High Dive, was nominated for an ALA Best Book for Young Adults, 2009. Kindred, her third novel and the first in a series, was nominated for Teen Choice Best Book Award and received a starred review on Publishers Weekly. Spoils, a comp ...more

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