A book to remind us of the giving spirit of the holidays. Impoverished Rico teams up with affluent Zan in an enlightening journey which showcases the detriments of living “paycheck to paycheck.” In classic Nic Stone style we are introduced to a host of diverse and supportive characters that make this work sing. Stone touches on absurdity, romance, and generosity of spirit, leaving the reader not with a bitter taste of the unfairness of it all, but rather a belief in the possibility of our actions being the means for change. — Firdous Madany
From the author of the New York Times bestseller Dear Martin--which Angie Thomas, the bestselling author of The Hate U Give, called "a must read"--comes a pitch-perfect romance that examines class, privilege, and how a stroke of good luck can change an entire life.
Meet Rico: high school senior and afternoon-shift cashier at the Gas 'n' Go, who after school and work races home to take care of her younger brother. Every. Single. Day. When Rico sells a jackpot-winning lotto ticket, she thinks maybe her luck will finally change, but only if she--with some assistance from her popular and wildly rich classmate Zan--can find the ticket holder who hasn't claimed the prize. But what happens when have and have-nots collide? Will this investigative duo unite...or divide?
Nic Stone, the New York Times bestselling author of Dear Martin and Odd One Out, creates two unforgettable characters in one hard-hitting story about class, money--both too little and too much--and how you make your own luck in the world.
"A delightful, hilarious romance that digs into issues surrounding class. You'll laugh as much as you sigh while reading this novel about luck, love...and how having a little bit of both is more than enough." --Paste
"Funny, captivating, and thoughtful." - The Atlantic.com
About the Author
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. 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.
Nic lives in Atlanta with her adorable little family.
Praise for Jackpot:
"Hard-to-put-down, enjoyable read." —Booklist
"Smart, humorous and hopeful." —Shelf Awareness
"Stone delivers a thoughtful and polished novel about class, privilege, and relative poverty.” —Kirkus Reviews
“A deftly constructed tale that is equal parts satisfying wish-fulfillment and light-handed lessons learned…. This is a real winner.”—SLJ
"By turns romantic, funny, and surprising, the story explores how class, status, and money—or lack thereof—have the ability to limit or expand life opportunities, the choices we make, and our universal need for love and connection.” —The Horn Book
Praise for Odd One Out: "Fans of Nic and new readers will find themselves engrossed." —Teen Vogue
"Declaring yourself--how you would like to be represented and whom you want to love and connect with--is treated with real tenderness." —The New York Times
“For fans of authors who dig complex relationships, like Shannon M. Parker, Ashley Woodfolk and Misa Sugiura.” —Paste Magazine
"Essential reading." —Booklist,starred review
“Filled with rich character development, whip-smart dialogue, and a layered exploration of financial precariousness… Stone delivers a thoughtful and polished novel about class, privilege, and relative poverty.”—Kirkus Reviews
"An important and necessary love story." –SLJ
"Stone challenges stereotypical notions of what it means to be straight, bisexual, or gay, showing how sexual identities and desires can be as complicated as the individual human brain." –PW
Praise for Dear Martin: A BookExpo Editors' Buzz Selection! An Indies Introduce Selection! A Kids' Indie Next List pick!
"Powerful, wrenching." –John Green, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Turtles All the Way Down
"Absolutely incredible, honest, gut-wrenching. A must read!" –Angie Thomas, #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Hate U Give
"Painfully timely and deeply moving." –Jodi Picoult, #1 New York Times bestselling author
"Raw and gripping." –Jason Reynolds, bestselling coauthor of All American Boys
"Teens, librarians and teachers alike will find this book a godsend. . . . Vivid and powerful." –Booklist, starred review
"A visceral portrait of a young man reckoning with the ugly, persistent violence of social injustice." –PW