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4.06  ·  Rating details ·  3,137 ratings  ·  692 reviews
From the author of the New York Times best seller Dear Martin - which Angie Thomas, the best-selling author of The Hate U Give, called "a must read" - comes a pitch-perfect romance that examines class, privilege, and how a stroke of good luck can change an entire life.

Meet Rico: high school senior and afternoon-shift cashier at the Gas 'n' Go, who after school and work rac
Paperback, 368 pages
Published October 17th 2019 by Simon & Schuster Ltd (first published October 15th 2019)
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Chelsea (chelseadolling reads)
Nov 05, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Chelsea by: Madalyn (Novel Ink)
Even though I predicted the ending of this one pretty early on, there is just something about Nic Stone's writing that really does it for me and I liked this one SO MUCH. My favorite bits were the parts written in the perspective of different inanimate objects because I feel like they just really gave this that little extra something and honestly y'all this was just so fun and you need to read it!!!
Cristina Monica
I love the concept of this one. Two teenagers, one rich and one poor, are brought together as they try to retrace the steps of an old lady who may have just won herself over a hundred million dollars! It’s also possible she may not even have realized it…

Rico sure knows she could use the money. Her family lives above their means, in an apartment they can hardly afford. Rico, her mom and younger brother Jax don’t even have health insurance or healthy food half of the time, yet her mom refuses to s
Laurie  Anderson
Jan 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: best-of-the-best, ya
Hold on to your seatbelts, you guys. I got an early peek and this book is amazing!!!

A deeper review closer to the pub date, I promise!!
jv poore
Jackpot by Nic Stone is the YA jewel I didn’t know I needed. Rico is tough and serious, in her determinedly matter-of-fact way. She knows all she will ever need to know about each of her classmates. Without having an actual conversation, Rico knows what their home lives must be. She can tell what type of people they are. Rico is so grown, she even knows exactly how each of her peers sees her.

So, it’s not such a big deal for Rico to stay out of that basic, high-school drama; she’s truly got no ti
Nenia ✨️ Socially Awkward Trash Panda ✨️ Campbell

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JACKPOT is the story of a teenage girl living about an inch above the poverty line. She works at a convenience store clerk which is how she ends up meeting the woman who bought the winning lottery ticket and also the rich young heir, Zan, who ends up playing willing accomplice to her heist to notify the woman of her good fortune and, perhaps, get a cut of that sweet, sweet cash.

I haven't read anything by this author before, although I do
Ms. Woc Reader
This book was one of the YA reads that wasn't on my radar at all. I've never read any books by Nic Stone so this was my first. Thank You Netgalley for granting me an arc. I'd say this was about a 2.5 as I had to knock some stars off my review for some things I had a problem with.

So this is the story of Rico who is a girl living with her mom and little brother working pretty much full time while going to school to help her mother make ends meet. Rico is trying to track down this old lady who she
Alexandra Harper
Don’t pickup this book if you have things that need done . I repeat, DON’T PICKUP THIS BOOK IF YOU HAVE THINGS THAT NEED DONE.
Mary H
Nov 26, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Haven't read this yet, just combatting an absurd rating from someone else who has certainly not read it. Will update when I've actually read it.
Madalyn (Novel Ink)
Wow. Wowowowow. I think this book made my brain explode a little bit, but in a good way? So much to think about after finishing this one. I’ll write more of a review once I process my thoughts better, but for now: preorder this one. Nic never disappoints, but she REALLY did something great with Jackpot.
Jun 17, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Alright, I'm a total Nic Stone fan girl. I literally did football maneuvers in a ballroom to make sure I got this ARC. But, this one
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
Kate (GirlReading)
ooh this was so great!

the writing style, the characters, the plot, the pace, the discussions of race, money and privilege, the mystery, the romance, the relationships, the chapter structure; it was all brilliantly addictive and made it incredibly easy to highly recommend.

I’m still slightly unsure about how I feel about the ending but other than that, this was a fantastic book and one I enjoyed each and every moment reading.
Max Lau • Maxxesbooktopia
I did not write a review straight away after I consumed this novel is because I do not know how to put my love for this novel into words. This novel is literally on par with one of my other favourite romance book of all time – The Statistical Probability Of Love At First Sight by Jennifer E. Smith. The thing is, not many romance novels make it up to my favourite list as the genre that dominates the list is Fantasy and the fact that both of these romance novels crawled their way up to the list me ...more
Bookphenomena (Micky)
JACKPOT is the second book by Nic Stone that I’ve really enjoyed. She has a way of making you exist in her fictional world and get completely wrapped up her characters. This is book brimming with diversity, the have and have-nots and coming-of-age.

I didn’t know what to expect going into this read, I knew there was a lottery ticket and a young woman. What I got was the compelling character of Rico, working every hour outside of school to help her mum with keeping the eviction notice away, whilst
Dec 08, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I can’t tell if I want to give this four or five stars. I honestly didn’t expect to like it so much. I really liked all of the characters (except the mother, who drove me crazy.) I related to Rico a lot and I also liked all of the conversations between the characters. Also Zan is like one of my favorite YA love interests ever. Not going to lie. He had problems, but he was obviously very into Rico from the beginning and was so sweet about it. He also did a lot for her, just providing support. A l ...more
Bang Bang Books
Let me preface by saying I'm not a fan of Stone's writing style. I only read this because I thought it was a 2020 pub and I needed something new to read during the quarantine.

Issues I Had With This Book:
* The Writing Style-Although I think Stone thinks she's a critical writer, she's not. Her writing style is very basic and it doesn't challenge the reader-uninspiring. There needs to be several things happening to make a critical book and Jackpot didn't have any of those things-great characters; t
Clara (The Bookworm of Notre-Dame)
omg omg omg omg omg omg

1. Nic Stone, can you please write me a husband? Because I fell in love with Justyce when I first read Dear Martin (and this book came out on my birthday, so it was a sign right?) and now I'm in love with Zan and *dies*
2. It's the first romance driven plot I loved in a long, long time.
3. The end killed me. It took me by surprise, which barely ever happens anymore, and I'm still not over it.
4. It's so much more than """just""" a romance.
womanist bibliophile
May 10, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: la-jeune-noire
Fun dialogues. I liked how much the two main characters argue. Rico's mother seemed more underdeveloped plot device than character. I had to look up the Hebrew phrase, which never got referred to again, oddly?
Jan 17, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2020, young-adult
This was such a delightful, funny, sweet read.
Zoë ☆
Apr 23, 2020 rated it liked it
Overall, this was a fun (though also heartbreaking) read! I liked the characters and their quest to find the 'jackpot', but I was kind of disappointed by the ending 🙈
Enne (they/he)
4 stars

Nic Stone does not, in fact, ever let me down. This book explores class inequality and how it disproportionately affects people of color and specifically, in this case, Black people. This book throws the "money can't buy happiness" saying right back at you because sometimes it can!! This book explores the way Black teens are affected by class inequality and lack of resources. It unpacks so many important issues in such a short page count and it manages to pack in a lot of growth and devel
The Artisan Geek
One of my most anticipated reads of the rest of the year! Some very nice people gave me this book at YALC! :)

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Mar 24, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: owned
Absolutely loved the conversation about money and class and the two main characters are the most adorable combo !
Andréa Billo
Apr 16, 2020 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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Jen Ryland
I really enjoyed this one - tackles class issues while still telling a really entertaining story.


Thanks to the publisher for providing an advance copy for review!

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Lizzy Reads
Feb 11, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
3.5 stars
Sara (A Gingerly Review)
I adore my queen, Ms Stone, so I knew I would devour her latest work. This was thought provoking, well developed, and fast paced. Full of ups and downs, twists and turns, I could not get enough.

M.  [storme reads a lot]
This was so good! I couldn’t put it down! Like, I had a lot of fun with this. I knew how it would end but the book just grabs you. I would definitely recommend this for anyone who wants great contemporary by a Black author.
I picked up this book because so many reviews gave it props for how it represented class issues. Many of the narrator's experiences did feel like accurate descriptions of how it feels to live paycheck-to-paycheck, and the tension between responsibility to care for family and the desire to just enjoy being a teenager felt all too real. Despite all that--and a compelling narrative voice--I just couldn't get over how problematic the relationship between the two main characters felt. Rico repeatedly ...more
Reading previous reviews, I thought the story would be realistic and the cover made me believe there might be room for some interesting romance.

I was wrong.

This story is primarily about money. It's a YA book involving money and 17-18 year old kids with awful parents.

The heroine, Rico, is complaining from page 1 to the end of the book. It's unbearable. Especially considering she doesn't have as much to complain about as she thinks she has. Yes, her mother made the worst choices, but she does h
Wow this was so good? Like i cannot believe a book can b this good good.

Some possibly incoherent thoughts i have

-normally i despise books that have commentary but aren’t a hard hitting plot but this bad boy? Excellence, pure excellence. The social commentaries on race, class and identity are perfect woven into the wild-goose-chase plot where its still light and easy to read, but leaves an IMPACT

-RICO!!! What an amazing main character. She is the perfect balance of strengths and flaws and i love
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Nic Stone was born and raised in a suburb of Atlanta, GA, and the only thing she loves more than an adventure is a good story about one. After graduating from Spelman College, she worked extensively in teen mentoring and lived in Israel for a few years before returning to the US to write full-time. Growing up with a wide range of cultures, religions, and backgrounds, Stone strives to bring these d ...more

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