ACES UP by LAUREN BARNHOLT

AMAZON // GOODREADS

This is a short, quick, and relaxing read. No huge drama or turmoil. Prefect for the summer or to let your mind cool down after a long day.

It’s good for if you need to read a lot of books for your Goodreads goal and you’re falling behind. I felt blah about this book. I used to work at a Casino for a long time; it was irritating to see these events happen, when I know they couldn’t have happened.

Synopsis:

“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?”

Book Time Talk:

Eh. That’s all I thought about this book. I was hoping for so much more because I loved Two-Way Street. (Review of that: HERE). Because I loved Two Way Street soooo much, I bought this one. Luckily, fate didn’t have me read them the other way around. This book started out fine. Like any normal YA contemporary book; It got you interested with her being underage at a casino. Which would have never happened. I had to go through numerous background checks, drug checks, fingerprinting, various legal paperwork to prove I am who I say I am, multiple interview, my references got large packets to fill out (to make sure I am who I am), and various crazy things, to get a job there. It was insane.

Back to the point, underage cocktail waitress, gets invited to an underground poker group. Kind of like the book 21; Except without all the action and drama. They do poker, they win money. Then there is the typical love triangle. You know who she is going to end up with, but with the lack of communication (as always) they don’t get together until the very end.

The whole book felt ‘luke-warm’. Nothing big really happened ever. The love “drama” was almost non-existant. The family drama wasn’t realistic, and lasted a second. I did love Mackenzie, cocktail waitress friend, she was fierce and spunky. I wish this book was around her life. Now I would read that!

Then at the end of the book you wait for the poker tournament… and! Nothing happens. The book was way too predictable in my opinion. Yet, you read to hope that something crazy may happen. I mean, it’s a casino! I know crazy things happen there! Oh the stories I could tell. Those stories would be more eventful than this book.

Anyway, Contemporary novels are very hit-or-miss with me. And I always preferred books with more drama than less drama. I rarely read these types of books, so I don’t have many other contemporary books to compare this to. I still think everyone should give it a try. What I may not like, doesn’t mean you won’t. I think if I had not worked at a casino, and didn’t have the experience and knowledge, this would be a fun read.

♡ TIZZY

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