Meet Rico: high school senior and afternoon-shift cashier at the Gas 'n' Go, who after school a ...more
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The 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 effort to offset Rico's unreliability. I wanted a deeper exploration into her partner in crime's thoughts. I also didn't like the constant reminder of how poor she was. It was redundant and often came acr ...more
Initial Reaction (6/27/19):
Oh boy. This . . . this is going to take a hot second for me to review. There’s a lot to unpack. Jackpot definitely made me think, which is exactly what I wanted, but let’s just say . . . I was not the biggest fan of the character who was making me think - for reasons to be explained.
All right. So, first things first, Jackpot tells the story of a girl named Rico Danger, who comes from a lower class family. She's had to sacrif ...more
Nic Stone is the author of Dear Martin and Odd One Out which I both loved. So naturally I jumped at the chance to read a new book from her.
I’m a sucker for unlikely duos: people from different worlds working together. Rico is poor working all hours outside school whereas rich Zan is giving twenty dollars to classmates just so he can take their seats in class. While she is trying to keep her head above water with homework and paying rent, Zan has the luxuries that Rico could only dream ...more
*Disclaimer: I picked this up as an ARC at YALC. This has in no way affected my opinion and this is an honest review.*
This one took me by surprise! I hadn’t read anything else by Nic Stone, even though I have heard wonderful things. When I saw this at YALC, I thought it looked intriguing and was lucky enough to win a copy. Suffice to say that I’m glad I did and definitely will be picking it up more of her work.
I can’t pin down exactly what it was that really drew me into this story - ...more
This book is being billed as a love story, and it is, but it is so much more. For me, this book was more about examining poverty and the effects it has on the family. Rico has had to live, with her mother and brother, in a shelter, and she never wants to have to do that again. So she works hard- so hard- to keep herself housed. Her mom works two jobs, her upstairs neighbor helps with child care, and Rico works as much as she can a ...more
On Christmas Eve the jack-pot winning lottery ticket is sold at the Gas ‘N’ Go where she works & Rico believes that is just the luck she needs, which leads her to ask for help from an unlikely source, Zan. Zan is the golden boy and filthy rich.
They start on a journey to find the missing lottery ticket, but alo ...more
So, so, so, so effing good. Nic is one of the funniest YA authors in the game right now and this book has the same level heart, humor, and gut-punching power. I loved every moment