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3.68  ·  Rating details ·  123 ratings  ·  55 reviews
Seventeen-year-old Chelsea Knowles is surrounded by the privileged. Michael Kors gym bags and designer shoes are part of her daily scene, but the talented cheerleader has a secret: she and her dad can barely pay the bills. Broken by his wife walking out on their family, Chelsea’s father ignores his responsibilities. Between cheer costs, grocery bills, electricity, and othe ...more
Paperback, 252 pages
Published February 7th 2017 by Amberjack Publishing
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Mar 25, 2017 rated it liked it
Bluff was a book I decided I wanted to read on a whim. I don’t do that too often anymore because I have plenty of books that I own which I should read already. But the cover and the synopsis intrigued me. It was also a book about something I don’t read about often at all – gambling, and the addiction that comes with it. I was intrigued.

The story here was pretty straightforward. Chelsea needs the money, so she pretends to be someone that she isn’t in order to get it. However, she makes a life for
Nov 30, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc, 2016
Checkout my full ARC review on my blog! http://omgbooksandmorebooks.blogspot....

I normally don't read contemporary but what ensnared me to this book was the synopsis. And the cover. What can I say? I'm a sucker for good covers.

Chelsea struggles financially and resorts to gambling in order to pay the bills. As she wins and becomes engrossed into the world of gambling, her lies grow. Soon she can't keep track of the lies. She can't separate fact from fiction and it's just a matter of time till som
Katherine Paschal
Mar 08, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: teen, read-to-review

17 year old Chelsea goes into a casino in an act of desperation to attempt to get money to pay for the electricity bill since her father has pretty much just given up on life. When one lucky night turns into two, where can she drawn the line to stop? When does her desire to gamble and the high she gets turn into an obsession?

Can I just say that this book was absolutely nothing like I was expecting? I went into reading this story expecting a fun high stakes book, kind of like an Oceans 11 but wit
Nov 13, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I was immediately pulled in by the synopsis of this book, although I wasn’t really sure what I expected. It sounded interesting but I was unsure as to whether or not it would deliver an interesting read. Fortunately, I had a lot of fun with this one.

Whilst this book is somewhat slow at times, from quite early on the story grips you. You’re pulled into the life of the main character, wanting to know what comes next and where her choices will lead. There are many books out there on teenage addicti
Mar 16, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Bluff is a novel by Julie Dill. It is a great novel about a young girl who gets addicted to gambling and the consequences for her pretending to be of age.
Chelsea lives with her Dad in a small town in Oklahoma. They live on what little he brings in from his job and on how well Chelsea can stretch his money. Her Mother left them when Chelsea was about six and they have been on their own all this time. Chelsea had joined the cheer squad and is scrambling to get the money to pay for her uniforms an
May 01, 2018 rated it liked it
*3 and a half stars*
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Thank you Amberjack Publishing and Netgalley for my copy of Bluff by Julie Dill!

Bluff by Julie Dill tells the story of 17-year-old Chelsea who lives with her irresponsible dad. Every month they can barely pay their bills, and in a moment of desperation Chelsea goes to a casino in the hopes of making some cash. There she lies about her name and age, and starts playing poker. Bluff had a lot of potential, potential to do amazing things. When I first saw the book, and read its synopsis, I thought,
Feb 23, 2017 rated it liked it
2.75-3 STARS
After reading the blurb for Bluff I wanted to read it instantly. This is a hard review to write even after sleeping on it for a couple of days. To say my feelings are mixed is an understatement. On one hand I enjoyed the fast pace of it and the author’s writing style. But on the other I found it lacking certain elements that I need in a story. I have read books within the YA genre before and loved them. I think if a younger person picks up Bluff that they will probably enjoy it, I un
Layla (Between the Lines)
Sep 02, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-in-2016, arcs
I received this eARC from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. This in no way alters my opinion of the work.
“My first thought is that I hope they will let me keep my winnings to use for bail money. My dad cannot afford to bail me out of jail.”
I wanted to get my hands (or eyes, I should say) on this book as soon as I read the synopsis, and let’s just say that it was everything that I thought it would be. For once, I mean that as a good thing. My expectations were met
Jan 26, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley
There's something about a casino that you can't quite find anywhere else. It's all about the glamour, the possibilities of getting rich, and the incessant sounds and lights. Then, when you take a step back, you also see how dangerous it can become, and how quickly it can ruin a life. In this novel, Julie Dill meshes the unpredictable live of a gambler with the simplicity of being a high school student. Cheerleading practices, movie dates with a best friend, and shopping excursions are thrown int ...more
Jan 13, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This review was originally posted on my blog, Sav Scribbles.

*Thank you to the publisher for giving me a copy of BLUFF via Edelweiss in exchange of an honest review.

(2.5 stars)

I am frustrated.
This novel is frustrating.
I'd like to fling my Kindle across a room.

I was so excited for this book. Look, a quick YA read dealing with a topic we don't usually see: gambling, and underage at that! Whoa!
Well, BLUFF did center around a gambling addiction, but it sure didn't portray the addiction as... well, an
Dec 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing
If you like a problem-solving mixed with a chain of bad choices and mixed emotions, this book is for you! I really enjoyed this book! I would definitely recommend reading this for any age. I thought Julie Dill does a great job with making it easy enough to read, but also going into great detail about certain things. Dill is able to let you totally imagine the entire book in your head, so it's like watching a movie being played out on screen. The book is also very relatable if you are a teenage g ...more
Chelsea has been in charge of making sure bills get paid on time and that she and her dad always have a roof over their head. This is a lot for a 17-year-old girl to be worried about while also trying to fit in with all her friends who have money. Her dad doesn't really seem to understand how expensive everything is and is just kind of over everything when it comes to working, which leaves Chelsea with very few options. One thing she knows she can do to earn money is play poker so that's exactly ...more
Feb 21, 2017 rated it really liked it
(I received an electronic review copy of this book in exchange for an honest review)

This is not my usual teen/YA book, but I enjoyed this. I really connected with Chelsea and the pressure she felt to get money and keep her family afloat. I sympathized with her desire to feel "normal" and do the things kids at school could do because they had all the money they could want.

I liked reading about teens and addition from a new angle - gambling instead of drugs/alcohol. I thought the author did a goo
Sep 17, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: arc, netgalley
I was provided an ARC via Netgally for an honest review.

I was excited to read this book because the cover and synopsis sounded like a good read. This just wasn't my cup of tea. It was hard to get into and I had to push myself to finish. The writing as okay, nothing great but definitely not the worst I have read.
This book dealt with a lot of topics and the story was straight forward. The main character needed money and needed it fast so of course gambling sounded like a good way to make that hap
Jan 04, 2017 rated it really liked it
Knew i was going to like this book as soon as i read the blurb.this was a great read was a bit slow at times but i was already hooked so didn't really bother me to much.Like the twists it keeps you guessing right till the end would read more by this author recommended ...more
May 17, 2017 rated it liked it
Fast pace makes it a quick read. I felt mildly sympathetic with Chelsea at times but at others was so frustrated with her as her choices were just so, so bad. Also, there's a bit of copy editing that needs to be done. Walmart was spelled two different ways on the same page, among other errors. ...more
Heidi Mastrogiovanni
Jun 20, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I couldn't put this book down. It was heartbreaking. I was completely involved in the main character's life. The writing pulled me in immediately; reading it was a visceral experience. I felt that I was living Chelsea's challenges with her. ...more
Cheryl Shults
Jul 05, 2017 rated it liked it
This is the story of a girl who thinks that playing a few hands of poker will ease some of the financial problems she and her father are facing. Winning a few times gives her a thrill and the need to gamble again begins to overtake her life.
Mar 14, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2017
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Paris Narvaez
Jan 29, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Great for high school girls- cheerleaders 📣 or someone who can relate to having one parent trying to make ends meet... there’s a light at the end of the tunnel, you just have to see it! Play your cards right lol
Molly Dettmann
Jul 05, 2017 rated it liked it
A Lifetime movie of a read about a girl who tries to make ends meet by gambling, and becomes addicted to it. I thought this book was okay. Teens that enjoy edgier, cautionary tales would like this.
Sep 25, 2019 rated it really liked it
I thought this book was a really good look in to addiction- I really enjoyed the book and the characters. I received this book from GoodReads for an honest opinion.
Tony Waitkus
Apr 23, 2018 rated it really liked it
Chelsea is a 17 year old in highschool and all she wants to do is fit in just like everyone else. You can't really do that if you're that old and stuck paying the bills and praying that no utilities get shut off. She doesn't have the nicest clothes and has cheer fees to worry about so she can procede with that. Late one night she had just gotten home from cheer and flipped on the TV and scrolled through channels and came across Poker. She saw Poker as a way to help her and her dad out with the f ...more
Feb 28, 2017 rated it really liked it
Chelsea, a 17 yr old girl, to meet her and her father's need for money she decides to play poker, under the false name of Chandra. When in front of casino she saw that no one is checking the IDs so she decides to give gambling a try. But soon poker transforms into something she can't stay away from...

I think the best thing about this novel was that I was easily able to relate to Chelsea. Chelsea is like any 17 yr old girl, having dreams and desires. But in the same time, she is also very differe
Amy Lou
Jul 02, 2019 rated it it was ok
I had mediocre expectations for this book, but I didn’t expect to hate it so much. Honestly, the premise was intriguing, and I liked the way that it was going, but a lot of things needed to be challenged in order for the story to work. I would not recommend this for anyone because there is no growth within the character and it promotes stupid and unhealthy life choices (of many kinds) without any repercussions or challenges. I’m so glad it’s over.
Jan 17, 2017 rated it did not like it
Shelves: dnf, arc, edelweiss, poker
DNF. There are many reasons for me not continuing this book. The main reason is that I was just plain bored with it.

Something that bothered me right off the bat: the author should've done her research. The book shows Chelsea watching the world series of poker on tv and it's down to the final 2 players. The screen leaves the players and goes to a model holding the money and then it zooms in to see the 100 on the bill. Well, in the world series of poker, once it's down to the final 2, the cash (an
Amy Shelton
Mar 07, 2017 rated it liked it
Independent reviewer for Archaeolibraian – I Dig Good Books
This review wasn’t an easy one to write. I’ve just finished the book and am processing my thoughts.
As much as I want to say I enjoyed what I read, I can’t quite do it. I didn’t hate the book, I didn’t hate the write style or details. I didn’t hate anything about the story but I didn’t necessarily enjoy the story. I did expect a little more to happen, for the lead character to do more. It’s really a sad story about gambling addiction and
Sep 07, 2016 rated it liked it
Bluff is a short, quick read I finished in one night. It was easy to read, and to be honest, also easy to forget. By all means, it wasn't a bad read but come the next few months, it'll be just another book I read.

Bluff revolves around a girl called Chelsea who lives with her dad. Her mother divorced her father years ago and has moved away and her father, stricken with the loss, has all but disconnected from Chelsea's life and has not been the father Chelsea wishes he could have been. Her father
Oct 29, 2016 rated it did not like it
Shelves: netgalley
Review originally posted on my blog

I received this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

I though the synopsis sounded really interesting not only dealing with gambling addiction but also with a character that is under age at the same time. I have to admit that I was really disappointed by the book and the story. I don’t intend to offend anyone with my review, I can only say how realistically executed I found the book.

First of all, I think the premise was set quite nicely, the fac
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Julie Dill lives in Oklahoma City where the wind always comes sweeping down the plains—literally. As a young girl she always wanted to be a teacher, so she went on to receive her Bachelor’s of Science in Education from the University of Central Oklahoma and taught in elementary schools for ten years. Currently, she serves as an adjunct professor and loves helping students achieve success. One of h ...more

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