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Aces Up Paperback – August 10, 2010
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The book starts off with the main character, Shannon, in a dressing room attempting to put on a uniform for work that is too small. I was cracking up from that very beginning scene because I could most definitely relate. It was so funny to hear her thoughts about the stupid uniform and trying to shove her way into it, not wanting to tell her "boss" that it was too small.
"What the hell was that?" More pounding "There are customers waiting to be served!"
"Um, well," I say throwing my sweatshirt over my head and opening the door to the stall. My face is burning with embarrassment, and I'm sure there are two big red splotches on my cheeks. "The thing is," I tell Adrienne, "I have a problem with my uniform. It doesn't fit." I give a hopeful smile.
"You ripped it?" Adrienne asks, looking incredulous. She reaches out and fingers the material.
"Well, not on purpose, I would never do something like that on purpose...I thought it was vanity sized," I explain.
"You tried to shove yourself into it, and you split it?"
"Well, not shove exactly it was more like wedge."
I just have this awesome image of her trying to "wedge" her way into that little cocktail uniform and it almost brings tears of laughter to my eyes. It's classic!
I also think that Barnholdt brings an original side to this story of girl desperate for money who gambles it up to try and meet those needs.Read more ›
The summary goes like this: high-school senior Shannon Card needs money for college tuition because her father lost his job and she's been accepted early-decision to Wellesley, so she gets a fake ID and to get a job as a waitress at a casino to make as much money as she can. But she discovers it's a little more difficult than she imagined carrying trays of drinks while walking in high heels, and then gets the mysterious invitation in her work locker to join Aces Up, a secret group of poker players who are really talented because of their math knowledge - and she's just the kind of player they need. Only one problem - she's underage and has never played poker before. As if all of that isn't enough, Shannon's dealing with Max, who used to be her friend until there was an almost kiss they haven't talked about, and Cole, the cute college guy trying to recruit her for Aces Up. All of that made me think this might be another fun book, and it pretty much was. But really, this book is about a girl who tries to take a quick fix for her problems, ends up getting into bigger trouble, losing herself in the process, disappointing those around her, and has to figure out how to work her way out of the mess she's created.
The thing I liked most about this book is the voice of the main character. Shannon has a great way of narrating in first person that at times seems as if she's talking to the reader in asides.Read more ›
Seventeen year old Shannon Card (I like how her last name fits with the theme of the book) needs to get a job to pay for college. Her father recently got laid off from his job, his car got repossessed and he had to sell his beloved boat. Needless to say there's no college fund waiting for her. Shannon doesn't just get any job, she gets a job at a casino as a cocktail waitress where she can make the big bucks. And because one would have to be 21 years old or older to work in a casino, Shannon has to get a fake ID.
Soon after starting her job, she gets an invitation to an exclusive club - Aces Up. She is sought out by Cole, the leader of the secret club, because of her amazing math skills. Shannon doesn't know how to play poker but Cole teaches her the basics and hones her craft using mathematical strategies.
Then there's Max, Shannon's best friend since they were little but the two have been divided after an awkward almost-kiss moment. Max has moved on with another girl and the friendship between him and Shannon is on hiatus. Then Max asks Shannon to tutor him in math but chemistry seems to be the topic at hand, if you catch my drift.
Shannon is making loads of money from gambling in the casino using her newly acquired skills but it's still not enough to get her into college. Cole wants her to join him and his crew in a poker tournament, where they will basically need to cheat in order to win.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
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). Read more
a little slow to get into, but turned out to be a good book. Clean for teensPublished 14 months ago by rene
This is a very good book, shows what happens when you gamble underage. A must read. Enjoy it.Published 18 months ago by stargalaxy
This story totally reminds of the movie 21. It follow the similar line except without the whole teamwork aspect. Read morePublished 20 months ago by Savannah (Books With Bite)
This book was fine, kind of really predictable and corny but I guess I read too much so my expectations are too high. I liked some of her other books but this one, not so much.Published on March 2, 2013 by Dragon-Maker
I only read about 50 pages of the book and wasn't really interested in the book. I was kind of hooked in the beginning but towards the middle I got really bored and just stopped... Read morePublished on April 29, 2012 by Nelly35