Aces Up by Lauren Barnholdt

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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.
 


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About Lauren Barnholdt

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Lauren Barnholdt is the author of the teen novels The Thing About the Truth, Sometimes It Happens, One Night That Changes Everything, Two-Way Street, and Watch Me. She is also the author of the middle-grade novels The Secret Identity of Devon Delaney, Devon Delaney Should Totally Know Better, Four Truths and a Lie, Rules for Secret-Keeping, and Fake Me a Match. She lives in Waltham, Massachusetts.
 
Published August 10, 2010 by Delacorte Books for Young Readers. 290 pages
Genres: Young Adult, Children's Books, Sports & Outdoors, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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YA) Pub Date: Aug. 10th, 2010 ...

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Youth Services Book Review

Shannon is a natural, starts to win, and gets caught up in the idea of being able to secretly earn her own way to Wellesley.

Feb 23 2011 | Read Full Review of Aces Up

CLP Teensburgh

Cole has been watching Shannon and he knows she is basically a math wiz and thinks she can be an excellent poker player.

Aug 08 2011 | Read Full Review of Aces Up

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