This one is really special. Though constrained, the work nevertheless stands apart in a literature that too often finds it hard to look hard truths in... by Start by marking “Jackpot” as Want to Read: Error rating book. 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. She pushes the envelope for young adults. After a bloody run-in with the police when they take his good deed for malice, Justyce seeks meaning in a series of letters with his “homie” Dr. King. She enlists Zan, said wealthy classmate’s, help to track down the lady. 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. She has a way of making you exist in her fictional world and get completely wrapped up her characters. The hero also felt smothered by faith obligation. JACKPOT is the second book by Nic Stone that I’ve really enjoyed. She enlists the help of Zan, the superrich heir of Macklin Enterprises in their hometown of Norcross, Georgia. Reviewed in the United States on October 23, 2019. Unable to add item to List. Nic Stone, by This is book brimming with diversity, the have and have-nots and coming-of-age. I had to look up the Hebrew phrase, which never got referred to again, oddly? Wowowowow. Questions remain about what happened in the moments leading to Khalil’s death, and the only witness is Starr, who must now decide what to say or do, if anything. Haven't read this yet, just combatting an absurd rating from someone else who has certainly not read it. Reviewed in the United States on October 18, 2020. I enjoyed the story and the characters. by Angie Thomas Sponsors New Writing Scholarship. Please try again. Seventeen-year-old Rico avoids a wealthy classmate when he comes in to the gas station where she works on Christmas Eve. He also did a lot for her, just providing support. Something went wrong. November is the time for aspiring writers to get serious about writing that book! Filled with rich character development, whip-smart dialogue, and a layered exploration of financial precariousness, Stone (Odd One Out, 2018, etc.) Zan also says at one point that he likes her eyes, and RIco covers them. I've never read any books by Nic Stone so this was my first. There are several interesting themes: we all have choices and don't let those choices limit us; the perceived haves and have nots; the grass isn't always greener on the other side of the fence; in addition to the romance. There was an error retrieving your Wish Lists. A l. I can’t tell if I want to give this four or five stars. Hold on to your seatbelts, you guys. Along the way, they become close, despite their differences. I really liked all of the characters (except the mother, who drove me crazy.) ‧ Despite all that--and a compelling narrative voice--I just couldn't get over how problematic the relationship between the two main characters felt. Nic Stone Nic Stone's first middle-grade novel, a road-trip story through American race relations past and present. Don’t pickup this book if you have things that need done . There’s nuance to be found for sure, but not enough to upset the dominant narrative. In this roller-coaster ride of a debut, the author summons the popular legacy of Martin Luther King Jr. to respond to the recent tragic violence befalling unarmed black men and boys. Along the way, they become close, despite their differences. This book is AWESOME! Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Will update when I've actually read it. After viewing product detail pages, look here to find an easy way to navigate back to pages you are interested in. Pre-publication book reviews and features keeping readers and industry Stone delivers a thoughtful and polished novel about class, privilege, and relative poverty. Khalil was unarmed. It also explored the social condition of living paycheck to paycheck and how a life event could break the text nous financial balanced. Despite this, Stone seems to position Justyce and his best friend as the decidedly well-mannered black children who are deserving of readers’ sympathies. Your expectations will be teased and you'll have a lot of fun. When a customer purchases the winning ticket at the Gas ’n’ Go where she works but doesn’t claim it, Rico begins searching for the elderly woman she believes to be the winner. I literally did football maneuvers in a ballroom to make sure I got this ARC. I adore my queen, Ms Stone, so I knew I would devour her latest work. by Prime members enjoy FREE Delivery and exclusive access to music, movies, TV shows, original audio series, and Kindle books. I love all of Nic Stone's work, but Jackpot is my favorite so far. Nic Stone I honestly didn’t expect to like it so much. Stone is a great story teller with a knack for writing a fully woven, face paced novel. The stunning sequel to the #1 New York Times bestseller Dear Martin. I honestly didn’t expect to like it so much. Angie Thomas The heroine was fiercely independent and a hard worker but smothered by family and financial responsibility. Seventeen-year-old Rico’s family is living paycheck to paycheck and way beyond their means, even with Rico’s practically full-time job and her mother’s long hours. I am have a fan. That's not said but that how I interpreted it as well. She writes about things that only people think about and never really voice. Magazine Subscribers (How to Find Your Reader Number). ‧ It also analyzes reviews to verify trustworthiness. Intermittent passages from the perspectives of inanimate objects—including the winning ticket—around the characters add humor, and the short chapters inject the narrative with suspense. I also loved the segues where the inanimate objects talk- a little levity thrown in. Reviewed in the United States on December 22, 2019. RELEASE DATE: Oct. 15, 2019. It’s free and takes less than 10 seconds! Walking the line between the two becomes immensely harder when Starr is present at the fatal shooting of her childhood best friend, Khalil, by a white police officer. The convergence of status, privilege, and socioeconomics, Reviewed in the United States on October 15, 2019. TEEN FICTION Khalil’s death becomes national news, where he’s called a thug and possible drug dealer and gangbanger. And I loved how Zan loved Rico’s little brother. Nic never disappoints, but she REALLY did something great with Jackpot. I liked how much the two main characters argue. I liked the characters. 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 book was one of the YA reads that wasn't on my radar at all. With smooth but powerful prose delivered in Starr’s natural, emphatic voice, finely nuanced characters, and intricate and realistic relationship dynamics, this novel will have readers rooting for Starr and opening their hearts to her friends and family. He writes, “I thought if I made sure to be an upstanding member of society, I’d be exempt from the stuff THOSE black guys deal with, you know?” While he’s ranked fourth in his graduating class and well-positioned for the Ivy League, Justyce is coming to terms with the fact that there’s not as much that separates him from “THOSE black guys” as he’d like to believe. Because of the characters and the romance, of course. It is funny, deep, and real. In order to navigate out of this carousel please use your heading shortcut key to navigate to the next or previous heading. She enlists Zan, said wealthy classmate’s, help to track down the lady. Great job Nic Stone. Wow. I have read all of her books and the first was Dear Martin. The police’s lackadaisical attitude sparks anger and then protests in the community, turning it into a war zone. RELEASE DATE: Oct. 17, 2017. Let us know what’s wrong with this preview of, Published I got an early peek and this book is amazing!!! They are not those gangsters that can be found in Justyce’s neighborhood. Seventeen-year-old Rico avoids a wealthy classmate when he comes in to the gas station where she works on Christmas Eve. 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! October 15th 2019 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. RELEASE DATE: Feb. 28, 2017. Without having an actual conversation, Rico knows what their home lives must be. Let me preface by saying I'm not a fan of Stone's writing style. This was such a delightful, funny, sweet read. Bring your club to Amazon Book Clubs, start a new book club and invite your friends to join, or find a club that’s right for you for free. Reviewed in the United States on June 7, 2020. It is not based on true story, there are some aspects of Nic's personality/life in the characters though. 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!!!
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