Seventeen-year-old high school senior Shannon Card needs money. And lots of it. She's been admitted to Wellesley, but her dad just lost his job, and somehow she has to come up with a year of tuition herself. But Shannon's dream of making big bucks waitressing at the local casino, the Collosio, disappears faster than a gambler's lucky streak. Her boss is a tyrant, her coworker is nuts, and her chances of balancing a tray full of drinks while wearing high-heeled shoes are slim to none. Worse, time is running out, and Shannon hasn't made even half the money she'd hoped.
When Shannon receives a mysterious invitation to join Aces Up, a secret network of highly talented college poker players, at first she thinks No way. She has enough to worry about: keeping her job, winning the coveted math scholarship at school, and tutoring her secret crush, Max. But when Shannon musters up the nerve to kiss Max and he doesn't react at all, the allure of Aces Up and its sexy eighteen-year-old leader, Cole, is suddenly too powerful to ignore.
Soon Shannon's caught up in a web of lies and deceit that makes worrying about tuition money or a high school crush seem like kid stuff. Still, when the money's this good, is the fear of getting caught reason enough to fold?
This fun, sexy, recession-proof story is a bubbly summer read with surprising depth—great for fans of Sarah Mlynowski.
May 24, 2011
Book Review: Aces Up
Author: Lauren Barnholdt
Publisher: Delacorte Books for Young Readers (August 10th 2010)
Genre: Young Adule, ChickLit
Source: Purchased from the store
I am a huge fan of Lauren Barnholdt’s novels because they’re very contemporary, quirky, and witty to read. The dialogue that flows out of the books leave you thinking, “Hey, that sounds like me!”
Shannon gets accepted to Wellesey but her dad loses his job so she pretty much has to come up with her tuition money herself. She fakes her age and gets a job as a waitress at her local casino, the Collosio. Eventually, she gets an invitation to join Aces Up—when she meets Cole…SIGH. LOL, he’s got that I’m good-lookin’-you-want-me vibe going on! As she continues to take part in Aces Up, her life becomes more and more complicated; twisting lies here and there until it becomes a HUGE problem, like illegal problems!
Aces Up was a short, quick read! I picked it up because I very much enjoyed Two-Way Street and One Night That Changes Everything! Aces Up wasn’t exactly what I was expecting—which could be a good thing because I thought she was going to end up with one guy but turns out she ended up with a totally different guy.
With the way the story was going, it only made sense that she ended up with him. Like I mentioned above, Barnholdt’s writing is very fun to read and I’ll continue picking up anything written by her! :)