Genre: Drama, Realistic Fiction
High school senior Shannon Card needs money. And lots of it. She's been admitted to Wellesley College, 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. Turns out that balancing a full tray of drinks in high heels is neither as easy nor as lucrative as Shannon 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 ract at all, the allure of Aces Up and its sexy eighteen-year-old leader, Cole, is suddenly too powerful to ignore.
Cole's assurance that Shannon has natural talent--along with his amazing kissing ability--makes Shannon believe that a life of riches, ease, and constant making out is right around the corner. But could it really be this easy? And with Wellesley in her sights, does Shannon have the guts to call Cole's bluff?
This was a nice book and is good for some light reading it. It was very predictable but enjoyable all the same.
I had a lot of trouble really identifying the Shannon as a character. She was quite confusing and I never fully understood her. You think you know her, and then she goes and does something completely out of character. I did manage to figure her out afterwards--she was just a normal teenage girl.
I loved her quirks and sarcasm. Even though she was confusing, I could relate to her a lot more that way. I love Cole. You could practically see Cole's hotness through the pages! I think I may have fallen in love with him. But of course there's the sweetheart Max. I hated him for most of the book but I couldn't help but adore him afterwards.
The characters were all funny and genuinely likable. I breezed through this book and finished it in one sitting. I was never bored and really hooked, despite the fact that it was predictable.
Likes: Shannon, Max, and Shannon's friends/family.
Dislikes: Aces Up.