ARC Review: Jackpot (Nic Stone)


Genre: Young Adult Contemporary
Publisher: Simon and Schuster UK
Publication Date: December 26th 2019
Format: ARC Paperback
Source: Pansing Books
Page Count: 343

Blurb from Goodreads:

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.




I am so happy to receive the ARC for Jackpot from Pansing because I am dying to read new content from Nic Stone. The moment I finished reading the last page of Dear Martin last year, I knew Nic Stone was going to be my favourite author!

Here’s my review for Dear Martin.

I love Nic Stone’s writing style and how she creates her own stories and touches the readers with her writing. I love how she always successfully writes readable stories about amazing and diverse characters with such important and raw issues.

In this book, we are told from the perspective of Rico, who is a seventeen-year-old who splits her time outside school juggling between working and looking after her younger brother, Jax. I am really touched by Rico’s life and how she struggles to meet ends meet everyday without complaining. It hit me so hard that a teenager is working day and night to make her family happy.

I really like Zan, the supporting character of this story. His addition to Jackpot is so heartwarming and sweet. I love how they are always there for each other, during good or bad times. I love watching Zan’s growth too, as he slowly understands the life of the average like Rico’s.

There are many issues discussed in the book that really caught my interest while reading. Jackpot discusses about race, socioeconomic status, health care in America and also about parental pressure. There are stories about the complexities about lottery and what happens if you mismanage your savings and it truly gives me an insight on how the world of lottery works. Poverty is also a main issue. We get to see the harsh truth of being poor in America looks like. No one should ever live like Rico did. If a basic thing like healthcare has become a business, then we really should check ourselves.

One of the unique things in Jackpot are the alternate chapters narrated by inanimate and random things like Lego blocks, lottery ticket etc. This is such an interesting way to provide an outside perspective towards Rico’s life.

All in all, I really enjoyed reading Jackpot. Nic Stone has done it again! I will be the first in line when Nic Stone drops her new book.

Special thanks to Pansing for providing me this ARC.



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