Wednesday, April 29, 2020

Review - Jackpot by Nic Stone

Title: Jackpot
Author: Nic Stone
Pages: 368
Publisher: Simon and Schuster Children's UK
Release Date: 17th October 2019

Blurb from Goodreads:  

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.

My Review:
*I received an eARC of this book in exchange for an honest review. Thanks to Simon & Schuster Children's UK and NetGalley*

Seventeen-year-old Rico Danger's life isn't easy - when she isn't at school, Rico spends her time working at a gas station or caring for her little brother while their mother works.

Then someone that bought a lottery ticket from Rico's work wins a huge jackpot, but the prize isn't claimed. Hoping that finding the winner might turn her luck around, Rico enlists the help of a boy from school, Zan.

Can Rico find the owner of the ticket?

Can Rico keep things professional with Zan?

I went into Jackpot hoping that it would be a light, easy contemporary read. While it was an easy read, I wouldn't call it light - Rico's family had little-to-no money and she often compared her clothes and life to that of other characters. It did annoy me a little how she kept making assumptions and judged people because of how they dressed, or things they owned, but I can understand how hard her life was. It did make me feel grateful that I am fortunate to have the life I do.

Rico was a (mostly) likeable and relatable protagonist. I sympathised with her and wanted things to work out and get better for her.

I couldn't help but like Zan even though he could be super cheesy and over the top at times. I really liked Rico's brother as well as Zan's friends Ness and Jess.

The plot was good overall and there was a twist that I didn't see coming, but I wasn't gripped by the storyline.

The writing style was easy to follow and I found myself reading the book quite quickly.

Overall, this was an enjoyable read.


  1. I was so set on giving this book 5-stars until the end. The ending wasn't the worst, but it didn't give me much either. Otherwise, I loved this book. I enjoyed the time I spent with Rico and Zan, and found myself rooting for both of them.

    1. I'm glad you liked it so much. It just didn't grip me unfortunately. I preferred Dear Martin.

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