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Jackpot Reader Reviews


Zoe Basson

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

Jackpot is an exciting romantic comedy adventure story about a girl called Rico and a boy named Zan. This book understands and explains the differences and similarities in class these two teens have yet it doesn’t let that take over the storyline. This book had an amazingly engaging plot and I could hardly put it down when reading. I would definitely recommend this book to romance and quest-type book lovers. Overall I really enjoyed it and now I am looking forward to reading some other books of the author’s.

Erica Motoc

Jackpot was a great book that I really enjoyed.

Jackpot was a great book that I really enjoyed.
The book really outlined another perspective of life that not all of us have experienced and should maybe see how others have to live too, which I think is important. It also makes me feel really grateful, every time I can pick up bacon in the supermarket without really thinking much about the price or how it will affect our family, also how comfortably I can live whilst others have to face hardships.

The book was really well-written and the characters were all likeable people that I wanted to read more about and explore every individual's back story and delve into all of their lives to find out more.

Additionally, I think that the author really achieved sucking me in and making me enjoy it and engage me (this is usually very hard as I can procrastinate easily!), not at one point did I want to put the book down, let alone stop reading it and when I read the last word, I was actually really sad.
The only downside I can fault this book for is having and ending because I felt like this could have gone on for waaaay more chapters. I definitely wanted to go on and read about Danger's life and see where it'd go.

Harsh Budhdeo

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

I’m am pleased to say this is one of the favourite books I’ve ever read. It is a great action-packed, comedy book about a girl named Rico and how much she has to work to pay off her bills. It all changes when a lottery ticket she sold goes missing. This led to her teaming up with a rich boy named Zan which led them to have feelings for each other. The author also creates arguments to make twists and turns in relationships. We know this because the author uses exclamatory sentences to escalate tempers very quickly. Overall this was a great book and I enjoyed it very much.

Edel Waugh Salisbury

This was an emotional rollercoaster of a story.

This was such an emotional rollercoaster of a story... I found myself sitting with sentences and paragraphs, my heart was breaking for these characters as they went through so much. What started as an off-hand gift from a stranger would take Rico and her family on a rare journey of learning and life experiences.
The female lead character is called Rico, she is a very responsible teenager who has too many hard times put upon her young life and she is struggling to keep her head above water and her mental health above sinking right to the bottom of this earth. Rico is a good daughter, but an absolutely tremendous sister to her brother, their relationship is something special and their moments in the story, of which there are many, are special and incredibly touching. This was a one sit read for me, I could not leave these characters for a moment and I am glad that I did this, these characters are going to stay with me for a long time. It’s also worth pointing out the story is often told from the point of view of inanimate objects. It gives an unusual and thought-provoking element to the story that I had not experienced before but very much enjoyed. Go read this, it’s worth it!

Seren Daly

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

Jackpot is about a seventeen-year-old girl who lives with her mum and little sister. But one day, at her local gas station, she sells a jackpot-winning lottery ticket, that goes unclaimed, maybe her luck has changed. So with the help of rich classmate Zan she sets out to find the winner, and maybe get a cut of the winnings. I found this book really fun to read and exciting with lots of twists and turns and a definite plot twist at the end which I enjoyed reading. Once I got it I couldn’t put it down and I loved it. I would recommend this book for 12+. I would definitely recommend reading this book as it was super addictive.

Charlotte Walker

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.

This book reminded me an awful lot of Pride and Prejudice with a modern twist.

It's Chrismas Eve and Rico is working, as she does a lot, to support her mother and brother. There's a rollover on the Lottery and one of the winning tickets hasn't been claimed, but it was sold during Rico's shift. A heartwarming encounter with an old lady convinces Rico she is the one with the winning ticket and she sets out to find her. But how? The only other person to seel the lady apart fro her boss was probably the richest kid in her "good" school, Zan.

You're taken on a twisting journey as the pair track down the mystery lady. Rico steps out of her bubble and realises the other kids at her school aren't that bad and aren't too different from her. As Rico and Zan get closer things in Rico's life take a downward turn and the unclaimed lottery ticket could be the crowbar that undoes all of Rico's work to come out of her shell and actually find friends. 

There are quirky interludes throughout from inanimate objects which allows the reader a more rounded view of the story which I found entertaining and sweet. 

There's a clash, or merging would probably be better phrasing, of economic background which helps to cause conflict and drive the plot forward. There are a number of sweet moments with Rico and her mum, and I loved her little brother!

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. A really great teen read that I read in one day!

Ella O’Gorman

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.

Rico’s life revolves around school, minding her little brother and working as much as possible to help her mother pay the bills. When she sells a jackpot-winning lottery ticket, that goes unclaimed, she is convinced that the winner is an elderly woman and is determined to find her. She even finds the courage to ask the rich kid and classmate Zan to help her. Rico is an interesting character who has a tough life but finally makes some friends and gets to enjoy some normal teenage experiences. With lots of twists, romance and suspense, readers will find this book hard to put down.

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
Other Categories: Reviewed by Children