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This is the first book I read from this author. I am have a fan. 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. It also explored the social condition of living paycheck to paycheck and how a life event could break the text nous financial balanced. The heroine was fiercely independent and a hard worker but smothered by family and financial responsibility. The hero also felt smothered by faith obligation. This shared experience plus attraction brings them together in On an adventure. There is a surprise end to the adventure. I enjoyed the story and the characters. I also loved the segues where the inanimate objects talk- a little levity thrown in. I purchased the audio as well; great narrator.
I am a true fan of Nic Stone! I met her this year at a library conference and she was fabulous! I have read all of her books and the first was Dear Martin. She pushes the envelope for young adults. She writes about things that only people think about and never really voice.
Jackpot was a slow start for me, it really got me after about one hundred and forty pages. I’m so glad my loyalty for the author and love for Dear Martin and Odd One Out kept me reading. She truly inhabits the character Rico and describes first hand what economic inequity feels like.
I love all of Nic Stone's work, but Jackpot is my favorite so far. Money is a fraught topic, especially in a capitalist culture that equates wealth with goodness, especially because it represents the convergence of status, privilege, and sociology. Nic's newest book confronts each of these issues, and couches the conversation in the complexities of YA relationships. Your expectations will be teased and you'll have a lot of fun. This one is really special.