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Written by Nic Stone

Family / Home Stories Featured Books for 13+ readers Featured Books for Young Adults General Fiction

LoveReading View on Jackpot

An entertaining, thought-provoking novel that tingles with romance while tackling issues of class and privilege.

This endearing character-driven treasure from the award-winning author of Dear Martin is a race-against-time romance replete with real-life hardship, class conflict and hope.

Rico is a high school senior who works at Gas ‘n’ Go after class to keep her family afloat and then races home to look after her little brother so her mom can pick up extra shifts. In the intensity and exhaustion of this hamster-stuck-in-a-ball situation Rico’s lost sight of what she wants for her future, but selling a jackpot-winning lottery ticket gives her new focus: to find the little old lady she believes won the ticket. Then maybe – just maybe – she’ll be rewarded with a life-changing cut of the multi-million-dollar winnings.

To this end, Rico reluctantly enlists the help of handsome, rich “Zan-the-Man”, a tech whizz who “has no idea what it’s like to constantly be on the brink of not having what you need to survive.” But, as Rico discovers, while Zan’s set to take over the throne of his family’s toilet paper empire, his dad has made sure he knows the value of money. Their opposite-side-of-the-tracks narrative plays out with heated banter and feverish frisson, with class conflict rearing its head at every turn as Rico struggles to accept Zan’s generosity just like her mom refuses to apply for government support.

Quirkiness comes courtesy of interludes told from the points of views of inanimate objects - the winning ticket, a taxi, a stash of $100 dollar bills, Zan’s fancy bed sheets, a salt shaker – and the novel’s conclusion is as thrilling and life-affirming as it is unexpected. Readers will be left rooting for Rico and Zan to forge the futures they deserve.

Joanne Owen

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Jackpot Synopsis

Jackpot is a hard-hitting novel about class, money and how you make your own luck in the world.

Seventeen-year-old Rico splits her time outside school between looking after her younger brother and working in the local gas station to help her mum pay the bills. So when she sells a jackpot-winning lotto ticket and the money goes unclaimed, Rico thinks maybe her luck has changed.

If she can find the ticket holder and reunite them with the cash, hopefully she will get a cut of the winnings. . . That is if she can avoid falling for the annoyingly handsome (and filthy rich) boy she roped into helping her with the hunt.

Jackpot Reader Reviews

In addition to our Lovereading expert opinion some of our Reader Review Panel were also lucky enough to read and review this title. You can click here to read the full reviews.

Jackpot is an exciting romantic comedy adventure story about a girl called Rico and a boy named Zan. Full review

Zoe Basson (Age 12)

Jackpot was a great book that I really enjoyed. Full review

Erica Motoc (Age 13)

A great action-packed, comedy book. This is one of the favourite books I’ve ever read. Full review

Harsh Budhdeo (Age 12)

This was an emotional rollercoaster of a story. Full review

Edel Waugh Salisbury

I found this book funny and really enjoyed reading it I would recommend it to 12+. Full review

Seren Daly (Age 12)

A 'will they? won't they?' romance with a treasure hunt that brings to the forefront issues such as stereotypes, self-confidence and insecurities, race and poverty. Full review

Charlotte Walker

A really great, must-read book from author Nic Stone about two teenagers, one rich, one poor who form an unlikely alliance to find a missing lottery ticket. This book deals with a lot of serious issues but it’s also lots of fun. Full review

Ella O’Gorman (Age 15)

Jackpot Press Reviews

Praise for Nic Stone:

'A powerful, wrenching and compulsively readable story that lays bare the history, and the present of racism in America' John Green

'Absolutely incredible, honest, gut-wrenching! A must-read!' Angie Thomas

'Earnest, funny, achingly human, and unshakably hopeful. A must-read!' Becky Albertalli

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ISBN: 9781471186905
Publication date: 17/10/2019
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Childrens Books an imprint of Simon & Schuster Ltd
Format: Paperback

Book Information

ISBN: 9781471186905
Publication date: 17th October 2019
Author: Nic Stone
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Childrens Books an imprint of Simon & Schuster Ltd
Format: Paperback
Pagination: 368 pages
Suitable for: 13+ readers, YA readers
Genres: Family / Home Stories, General Fiction
Recommendations: Reviewed by Children

About Nic Stone

Nic Stone is the author of the New York Times bestselling Dear Martin, Odd One Out and Jackpot. She was born in Atlanta and has lived and in Israel, working extensively in teen mentoring. Growing up with a wide range of cultures, religions, and backgrounds, Stone strives to bring these diverse voices and stories to her work.

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