Jackpot – Nic Stone

 Jackpot – Nic Stone, Crown, (9781984829627), 2019

Format: Hardcover

Rating:  1-5 (5 is an excellent or a Starred review) 5+

 Genre: Realistic contemporary fiction/Romance

 What did you like about the book?  Rico is a high school senior who pretty much has no life aside from school and working at the Gas ‘n’ Go convenience store.  Her mother works two jobs and she has a younger brother that she loves. When she learns that she may have sold a winning lottery ticket that has not been claimed, she is determined to find the elderly lady she thinks bought it.  To do this she enlists the help of gorgeous, popular, wealthy Zan Macklin because of his computer skills – she thinks he will be able to access the closed-circuit camera from the convenience store to see the woman who bought the ticket and find out who she is.  This took a LOT of courage. Her ulterior motive is the hope that she may be granted some reward for informing the lady as her family is in dire need of funds.  But Zan is nothing like she has expected and she is likewise a complete surprise to him.  The story flows; Rico is, indeed, a very unique and complex individual. And, it turns out, so is Zan.

There is humor, impending romance and many a twist.

Anything you did not like about the book?  No, but I did feel the cover was inadequate, not giving any inkling of the story nor being that attractive.

 To whom would you recommend this book? This is an all-round good read that should appeal to many, to both male and female, to poor and rich, to strong female characters and strong male characters.

Who should buy this book? Public and high school libraries

Where would you shelve it? YA fiction

 Should we (librarians) put this on the top of our “to read” piles? Yes, definitely.

Reviewer’s Name, Library (or school), City: Katrina Yurenka, Retired Librarian, Manager, Youth Services Book Review

          Date of review: 1/8/2020

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