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3.74  ·  Rating details ·  740 ratings  ·  166 reviews
Nikki Tate is infamous, even by Las Vegas standards. Her dad is sitting on death row, convicted of killing his best friend in a gambling dispute turned ugly. And for five years, he’s maintained his innocence. But Nikki wants no part of that. She’s been working on Operation Escape Vegas: playing in illegal card games so she can save up enough money to get out come graduatio ...more
Hardcover, 352 pages
Published March 28th 2017 by Scholastic
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jv poore
I am always seeking books that will immediately intrigue ‘my’ students. Many times, I’ve been sucked into a suspense-filled, action-packed, heart-pumping mystery…surrounding a subject they could not care less about. Aptly, of course, young adults are not the intended audience—I am.


Young adult readers deserve thrilling books.

Mr. Giles seems pleased to provide. And now, I may be the only person looking forward to school starting. I cannot wait to share Overturned.

The setting: the very casin
Bitchin' Reads
Mar 21, 2017 rated it really liked it
Received an ARC at Yallfest.

This is not a book that would normally attract me, and I honestly don't know if I would have picked this book up on my own if I hadn't received an ARC--just not a genre or type of story that would draw my attention.

That being said, I truly enjoyed reading Overturned despite it being a genre that I don't normally dabble within. The main character was that stereotypical young woman trying to take on the world, protecting everyone and wanting to solve the problems, but i
Arvin Mann
Mar 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This was a great and mysterious book but is sad, a little, not really. It will keep you reading and wondering. The book is about a girl and her father who got convicted of murder and new evidence is found and her dad is not the one who murdered his friend (Jonathon). But after a week or so Nikki (name of girl) and her father get in a fight and her dad leaves the house and a week or so later Nikki's father is found dead on the side of a street and Nikki will do anything to find out who murdered h ...more
Jul 17, 2017 rated it really liked it
"Cardplayers are fools
leaving their hopes and dreams
to paper kings and queens."

Equal parts mystery, equal parts the rush of nerves and smiles of new love.

Nikki Tate is a legacy - a legacy Poker player and Las Vegas casino owner (well, her mom and dad at least). Here dad is one of the best - until he was charged with murdering one of his friends and put away in jail. But that's not where our story starts. Our story starts with Nikki on the day her dad is released - because he's been "not guilty
Sep 27, 2018 rated it really liked it
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Heather *Undercover Goth Queen*
DNF at 46%. Every time this book grabbed me, it managed to lose me again with things like... the plot. I just wasn't interested in everything about Nikki's dad. ...more
Kira Simion
Sep 30, 2017 rated it really liked it
The name "Overturned" was definitely an amazing choice because while it wasn't the name itself that attracted me to the book, it is what hooked me. This is because one can overturn the cards of a deck and the father's conviction was overturned. I love the cleverness of that.

I read Endangered by this author and this is definitely a few upgrades up in the excitement level. Yay! It's (so far) so much fun reading this!

3.5 stars rounded up! The plot twists (2) were amazing!! Better than The Red Q
Janelle Fila
Jun 30, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: ya
I bought this book for my 16 year-old son. Because he is a reluctant reader, I'm always looking for stories that might interest him, and I hoped the mystery and the poker theme would entice him to want to read this book. He DEVOURED this book! It is a great feeling to see a teenager reading of his own choice (instead of playing Xbox or reading because I'm forcing him to). I am so glad I bought this book for him and I just ordered ENDANGERED for him to read, as well. ...more
Tiana Dalichov
Dec 20, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: arcs
Was so excited to get my hands on an ARC for this! The premise intrigued me, since I'm a fan of poker myself (though I'm not quite the connoisseur Nikki is), and the narrative voice ensnared me. Once I started reading, I was roped in for the long haul.

For the most part, I liked the characters, but some of them still felt one-dimensional at the end, particularly Cedric and Tomás. They were integral to the story, and yet I felt I didn't understand or know them beyond a superficial level when every
Liz Friend
The story: Nikki is determined to solve her father's murder with the help of her friends Molly, Gavin and Davis. The search for clues leads them into the seedy underbelly of Las Vegas--and to the startling conclusion that Davis's mobster father might somehow be connected to the crime. Can Nikki find out the truth, or will her feelings for Davis give him a free pass?

June Cleaver's ratings: Language PG-13; Violence PG-13 (there are several murders but luckily they aren't graphically described); Se
Feb 17, 2017 rated it really liked it
This is a fast paced edgy murder mystery. Nikki's cleverness hooked me into this story right away. She has inherited her father Nate's talent for poker - he is a champion. The thing is, he is gone, in prison for a murder he did not commit.
When he is released, he singlemindedly pursues the truth behind the murder that put him behind bars. There is a grittiness to the story that is inherently Las Vegas.
Sep 24, 2017 rated it really liked it

While Overturned is a fairly slow book, it is a very interesting one to read. At first, I was drawn in by the eerie, mysterious plot, not expecting a well-written novel, but I found that in addition to being a captivating story, it was also an engaging book to read.

Sixteen-year-old Nikki Tate’s father was on death row for the murder of his best friend named John Reedy. While her father is in jail she goes about her normal life, playing illegal card games so that she can pay for her tuition to
Shae McDaniel
I loved this to pieces. As with Endangered (which I also loved, review here), Overturned is high on tension, high on shades of grey, and high on real consequences for real crap. I loved every second of it. (Even if I did guess the villain before the big reveal, because hi, that's what I do.) ...more
Nicole Chang
Mar 30, 2018 rated it liked it
I didn't quite get the ending but the book was nice and adventurous. ...more
Jillian Reilley
Feb 19, 2020 rated it it was amazing
The book had any good points and unexpected twists.
Jun 26, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: young-adult
This book was a blast. Read in less than a day.
Sam G.
Jan 30, 2018 added it
Right from the start this book grabbed me and I was immediately hooked. The book starts off with Nikki riding in the car on the way to the jail to pick up her dad after serving a five year sentence after being wrongly accused of murdering one of his best friends. But then about a week after he gets back he is found dead on the loop in front of the family casino. This along with saving up for college through secret underground gambling games, and trying to figure out who murdered her dad and why. ...more
Mar 06, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: reviewers
This was a really good book. The idea of a girl playing card games to get a college tuition is a good one. The plot twists are good and the book is fast paced, although hard to follow some of the time. The main character made a lot of mistakes and it was really aggravating at times but the writing was good enough to pull through the rough spots. This is a good book if you like murder mysteries with quite a bit of tension, while not being to graphic.
Feb 26, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I really enjoyed this mystery! It takes place in Las Vegas and the characters are high schoolers. There is mystery, suspense, and a tiny bit of romance. There are many twists and turns to the story. I had a hard time putting it down!!
Feb 20, 2017 rated it it was amazing
17-yr-old Nikki Tate is one tough cookie. She has to be. Since her World Champion Poker playing father was convicted of murder and sentenced to death, she's had to help her mother run the family business- a casino in Las Vegas. On the side, she plays poker to save money for college. Then new evidence comes to light and her father's conviction is overturned. He comes home, but home has changed in the five years that he's been in jail. Her dad starts investigating who set him up for murder. Nikki ...more
Sep 19, 2017 rated it really liked it

This was not what I expected. Partly in a good way, partly in a bad way. I thought it would focus on Nikki and her dad trying to figure out who framed him, but the first half of this book focused very heavily on Nikki and her love life. We followed her gushing about a crush, and their first date, being paired together on a class project. Typical YA tropes. It was done well, it's just not my thing and I don't like it when I go into a book expecting one thing and then get this. Thankfully, th
Read InAGarden
Feb 05, 2017 rated it really liked it
Lamar Giles is quickly becoming a go to author for fast paced young adult mysteries full of solid writing. In Overturned readers meet Nikki as she is picking up her father, Nate, from jail. Nate was in jail for killing one of his business partners but newly found evidence has freed him. Back home at the family casino, Nate doesn't seem to be acclimating well to freedom and Nikki is worried about him. But not too worried to forego her clandestine poker games with the heavy hitters. These games ar ...more
The FountainPenDiva, Old school geek chick and lover of teddy bears
This book was a RUSH!!!

Before I get to the review, I'm showcasing the amazing cover that drew me to this novel in the first place. No Scholastic, I don't want that boring, generic, whitewashed, playing card asshatery you're trying to foist off because you still think books with Black faces won't sell. Newsflash: according to current Pew Research data, the largest book buying group in this country are COLLEGE. EDUCATED. BLACK. WOMEN! Get that through your thick, backwards skulls! #representationm
Mar 15, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I did not enjoy this mystery. I did not find the 16-year-old narrator believable. At least half the book was wasted space filled with teenage angst, which did not interest me at all. Not suitable for adults. Not recommended.
Emily Scheinman
Loved the mystery, the characters and the intensity.
Damian M
Dec 07, 2017 rated it really liked it
The novel Overturned, by Lamar Giles is one of the only mystery novels I have ever read, and I really enjoyed it. Overturned is a murder mystery novel, where the main character Nikki Tate and her friends Gavin and Molly hunt for a murderer who accused Nikki’s dad, Nathan Tate of killing his best friend over a friendly game of poker. Nathan Tate, being a two-time World Series of Poker Champion is then sent to prison. However, further evidence shows that Nathan Tate is actually innocent, and he ge ...more
American Mensa
Overturned by Lamar Giles is a realistic fiction story about the journey of Las Vegas teenager Nikki Tate. She has grown up inside her family casino, Andromeda’s, and feels most at home on the game room floor. Her dad is the world-renowned poker player Nathan Tate, who was convicted of murdering his best friend and sits on death row. For the last five years, Nikki has adjusted to a life without her dad by writing him letters and ignoring the constant barrage of press. On the outside, she appears ...more
Apr 11, 2019 rated it really liked it
I really feel like this was the kind of book I never knew I needed. It was stereotypical YA, had some issues, some predictable twists, and a way too driven main character. That said, I thoroughly enjoyed everything in this novel, including its faults.

The characters were all, looking back on it, pretty good... I guess? No one was really all that memorable. I did highly enjoy the mysteriousness of Davis, and just how deeply driven Nikki was. Nikki made a lot of questionable decisions, but I was f
Kim Tyo-Dickerson
What happens in Vegas can get you killed in Vegas. Nikolosa finds it even more challenging than she expected having her dad, the infamous card player Nathan Tate, unexpectedly back home after serving 5 years on death row for a murder he did not commit. Her dad taught her everything she knows about playing and their bond over the cards is still there but he has changed, she has changed, and her mom doesn't seem happy to have him home. Their casino the Andromeda is struggling with cash flow, and N ...more
Sep 01, 2017 rated it liked it
After five years of being on death row, for a murder he did not commit, Nathan “The Broker” Tate is being released from jail. New evidence has come to light which has proved him not guilty. He is going home to his wife Gwen and daughter Nikalosa. He is moving back into his Las Vegas hotel and casino, Andromeda’s Palace. Things should be good for the Tate family, but five years has driven a wedge between the family. Gwen has a new friend, Tomas, and Nikki has a chip on her shoulder. The welcome h ...more
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