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4.14  ·  Rating details ·  1,332 ratings  ·  316 reviews
From the author of the New York Times bestseller Dear Martin--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 races home to take care of her younger brother. Every. Single. Day. When Rico sells a
Hardcover, 352 pages
Published October 15th 2019 by Crown Books for Young Readers
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Chelsea (chelseadolling reads)
Nov 05, 2019 rated it really liked it
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!!!
Nov 15, 2019 rated it really liked it
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
Laurie Anderson
Jan 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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!!
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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
Mary H
Nov 26, 2017 rated it it was amazing
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.
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.
Madalyn (Novel Ink)
Sep 02, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: own-arc, 2019
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.
Kate (GirlReading)
Sep 12, 2019 rated it really liked it
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.
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
Jun 17, 2019 rated it liked it
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
Max Lau  • Maxxesbooktopia
Oct 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 5-stars-books
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 ...more
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.
Jan 17, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: young-adult, 2020
This was such a delightful, funny, sweet read.
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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Dec 08, 2019 rated it really liked it
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 ...more
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.

Oct 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing
/5. Ahhhh I absolutely adored this one! Seventeen-year-old Rico avoids a wealthy classmate when he comes in to the gas station where she works on Christmas Eve. When she learns that a winning lottery ticket came from her store that night, she suspects that a little old lady purchased it. She enlists Zan, said wealthy classmate’s, help to track down the lady. Along the way, they become close, despite their differences. Like, I can’t even do this book justice with my description. It is funny, ...more
Manon the Malicious
Oct 15, 2019 rated it really liked it
*4.5 Stars*

I was provided an ARC via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

I don't know where to start. I read this two weeks ago now but I still remember most of it (which is unusual for me).
It was really good, Nic Stone offers us layered and flawed characters who pull you in and then, she wraps it up nicely with a captivating intrigue and romance. I flew through the pages and found myself reading at 3am, not knowing where the hours had gone. Everything about this made me feel. I felt
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 3.5 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
Jan 19, 2020 rated it really liked it
3.5-3.75/5 Loved this book, great storyline, great characters. Rico is a hardworking badass main character and I loved the developing friendship between her and Zan, the quest to find the missing lottery ticket was epic. I adored the stories from random inanimate objects in this book, was very unique. I thought this book was gonna be a 4.75 for me but the ending I felt was a bit quick to wrap things up, I felt the story was building all the way through nicely and then the ending wasn't what I ...more
Jan 01, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Really enjoyed the character-work, especially Rico. Money/finances are such complex subjects to tackle (yay capitalism), even more so in YA, and Nic Stone does a solid job. Confused about how I feel about the ending but I think that's the intention, because it makes the reader have to confront their relationship with money, value, wealth, humanity as it exists in a capitalist structure. Any clean ending would have felt disjointed.
Lizzy Reads
Feb 11, 2020 rated it really liked it
3.5 stars
Beth Honeycutt
Feb 15, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Cover to cover in one day. Couldn’t put it down and stayed up past my bedtime to finish:)
Jan 16, 2020 rated it really liked it
Makiya Evans

Jackpot is a fiction romance novel thats about a 17 year old girl name rico who's working at gas n go on Christmas Eve. Her family is quit unstable. between her and her mom working together they still barely make rent in the neighborhood they live in for the good schools. Rico sold three lottery tickets. one of the tickets she sold was a winner, but the winning wasn't claimed.Rico thinks if she informs the winner they'll give her a percentage of the money. One of her classmates
Sarah Rosenberger
Read this in one afternoon because I couldn't put it down.
Lauren Stoolfire
Nic Stone is wonderfully talented. Her writing style just sucks me right in and the characters she creates are second to none. Jackpot is no exception. That said it isn't my favorite of hers - that honor still goes to Dear Martin - but this is still more than worth reading. If you're interested in tougher subject material and want to read about class differences and clashes, the haves and the have nots in YA contemporary, this will be right up your alley.
Sara (marvelousbibliophile)
Aug 22, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: e-arc
Review also posted on https://itsmarvelousbibliophile.wordp...

Thank you to the publisher for providing me with an arc via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

Last year I read both Dear Martin and Odd One Out by Nic Stone and really liked them both. I love Nic Stone's writing style and how unique and important her stories are. Jackpot was a fun, heart-warming novel that had me crying and laughing, I'm so excited for this book to be out in the world so everyone can experience this story.

Melissa ~ Missy (FrayedBooks)
Jackpot by Nic Stone

3.5/5 rounded up to 4

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Nic Stone is an auto-read author for me. After Dear Martin, I will read anything she writes. This book was SO much fun and is now my #2 Nic Stone book, right after Dear Martin (that’ll be hard to beat as a #1).

This book was a very fun and a fast read while tackling some important issues like status in society due to money, poverty, race, etc. All things I'd expect from a Nic Stone book. I was
Nov 08, 2019 rated it really liked it
This is my first Nic Stone book and I really enjoyed it! I think dialogue can be a struggle in YA books, sometimes sounding too mature, sometimes just trying too hard to sound young. Becky Albertalli does good dialogue, and so does Nic Stone. I can’t wait to read her other books! This book is also just fun; especially the back and forth between the two leads and the genuine discussions about race and money and privilege that spring up between them. Rico’s journey is also an interesting one, with ...more
Lindsay Nixon
Nov 07, 2019 rated it really liked it
3.8 stars

This was amusing but not something I’m quick to recommend.
It’s very YA-for-YA especially with the over-the-top-fantasy ending. I was like "oh, so this is a teen movie."

What I liked about this book: how well it painted a reality many teenagers face. It was a bright display of enmeshment and dysfunctional parenting. Not that I want to hate on Rico’s mom—but her reliance on her teenage daughter in unhealthy.

The story is hallmark “cute” — It isn’t the heavy-hitter Dear Martin is---very
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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 ...more
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