My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Received: Penguin Random House Canada
Published: October 15th, 2019
Publisher: Crown BFYR
Recommended Age: 12+
Genres & Themes: Young Adult, Romance, High School, Family, Social Issues, Money
I love the concept of this one. Two teenagers, one rich and one poor, are brought together as they try to retrace the steps of an old lady who may have just won herself over a hundred million dollars! It’s also possible she may not even have realized it…
Rico sure knows she could use the money. Her family lives above their means, in an apartment they can hardly afford. Rico, her mom and younger brother Jax don’t even have health insurance or healthy food half of the time, yet her mom refuses to seek help, preferring to work two jobs. To save face, maybe? She is doing her best to give her children access to good schools, but what’s the point if Rico can’t even go to college? She must help her mom pay bills.
So finding that winning ticket is of outmost importance to Rico. Her co-pilot’s reasons for tagging along on this adventure seem quite different, because Zan’s family is swimming in money, and yet both realize that while they may be from two separate worlds, they are not incredibly different after all. Life can hit anyone, hard.
This was my third novel from Nic Stone and the third one I’ve enjoyed, too. This author has a very unique writing style. I could have recognized her as the author of this book even if her name hadn’t been written on it. She explores social issues that are critical to her, like poverty, racism, stereotypes, and I don’t even have to read her bio or background to know that. I could feel it as I read this book. Another winner from Nic Stone. BTW, I really like her name.
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