From the author of the New York Times best seller Dear Martin – which Angie Thomas, the best-selling 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 best-selling 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.
I received this book from the publisher via Net Galley in exchange for an honest review.
I enjoyed this a lot more than I expected – it’s fun and light hearted as well as dealing really well with issues of class and poverty. The mystery of who bought the ticket and chasing them down is super fun, but Rico and Zain’s relationship is actually what drew me in. Their interactions are just so lovely.
There’s also some great hard hitting conversations about handling money that highlight both the issues of doing so but also the assumptions of those with money.
I’d have easily given this 4 stars if it wasn’t for one thing – the small but regular POV inputs from inanimate objects. I didn’t get it. In places they did add something but there must have been another way to do so. They honestly annoyed me.
A high 3.5 stars and definitely something I’d recommend.
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