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This was my first Nic Stone book, and it certainly won’t be my last. Meet Rico Danger (pronounced Don-ger, but seriously one of the best names ever), a mixed-race high-school senior trying to do school and work as many shifts as possible at the Gas & Go to help out her single mom and younger brother with groceries and rent for their tiny low-rent apartment in a great school district. On Christmas eve, a winning lottery ticket is sold at the Gas & Go, and Rico is sure she knows who bought it. When no one comes forward, Rico feels she needs to contact the little old lady who bought it to let her know that she won. Her plot requires her to approach Zan Macklin, a gorgeous guy she has been looking at all year to help her do so. Zan also happens to be the son of a very rich family who has made their pot of gold in bathroom paper products. This book has some laugh-out-loud moments and invites readers to consider what money can and cannot buy.
From the author of the #1 New York Times bestseller Dear Martin--which Angie Thomas, the bestselling 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 races home to take care of her younger brother. Every. Single. Day. When Rico sells a jackpot-winning lotto ticket, she thinks maybe her luck will finally change, but only if she--with some assistance from her popular and wildly rich classmate Zan--can find the ticket holder who hasn't claimed the prize. But what happens when have and have-nots collide? Will this investigative duo unite...or divide?
Nic Stone, the New York Times bestselling author of Dear Martin and Odd One Out, creates two unforgettable characters in one hard-hitting story about class, money--both too little and too much--and how you make your own luck in the world.
"[A] funny, captivating, and thoughtful tale for young readers about class privilege, class deprivation, and the politics of luck and love." --Ibram X. Kendi, The Atlantic
"A delightful, hilarious romance that digs into issues surrounding class. You'll laugh as much as you sigh while reading this novel about luck, love...and how having a little bit of both is more than enough." --Paste
About the Author
Nic Stone is the author of the New York Times bestselling Dear Martin and Odd One Out, which Booklist called "essential reading" in a starred review. Jackpot, her third novel, is a life-affirming story about the humanity in people, no matter how little or how much is in their bank account.
Nic lives in Atlanta with her adorable little family.
Praise for Jackpot:
"[A] hard-to-put-down, enjoyable read." —Booklist
"Smart, humorous and hopeful." —Shelf Awareness
"Stone delivers a thoughtful and polished novel about class, privilege, and relative poverty.” —Kirkus Reviews
“A deftly constructed tale that is equal parts satisfying wish-fulfillment and light-handed lessons learned…. This isa real winner.”—SLJ
"By turns romantic, funny, and surprising, the story explores how class, status, and money—or lack thereof—have the ability to limit or expand life opportunities, the choices we make, and our universal need for love and connection.” —The Horn Book
Praise for Dear Martin:
"Powerful, wrenching." –John Green, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Turtles All the Way Down
"Absolutely incredible, honest, gut-wrenching. A must read!" –Angie Thomas, #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Hate U Give
"Raw and gripping." –Jason Reynolds, New York Times bestselling author of Long Way Down