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The Best Thing About this Book is how well Nic Stone captures the voice of the modern teenager.
Premise: High school senior Rico has no plans for college. She can’t afford to dream of a future like that. She needs to keep working at the local gas station in order to help her mom with the bills and her brother. She doesn’t have time for anything else and prefers to live her high school life as invisible. No friends. No connections. Until the events of Christmas Eve lead her on a chase to find the winner of the Mega-Million lotto, a ticket she sold, requires assistance from the most beautiful and richest boy at school.
Target: 8th grade and up
Title: The literal rendition of the title refers to the lottery and the premise of the book, a book which delves into economic status on just about every page. I won’t add the figurative meaning other than to say, it may not be about money.
Main Character(s): Rico 17 y/o
Motifs (not exhaustive): love, friendship, money, belonging, choices, luck, poverty, wealth, responsibility
Great for…* (readers): who want something fun while still opening up discussion of money/wealth/poverty.
Great for…* (teachers): looking to add to classroom libraries, literature circles, and recommended reading lists. I don’t think this is one to teach.
Parental Warning(s): Some cursing, sexual references
Interact: What would you do if you won the over $200 million in the lottery?
*The “Great for” category is not exhaustive and does not intend to neglect the multitude of readers/teachers who could learn from this book in any number of ways.
٭ = DNF, would not recommend
٭٭ = would not recommend
٭٭٭ = enjoyable, would recommend
٭٭٭٭ = very good, would recommend
٭٭٭٭٭ = amazing, would definitely recommend