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Teen review: Aces Up by Lauren Barnholdt

My name is Jenna. I go to a high school where I’m part of the marching band and the cheerleading squad. I’m pretty busy, but I always find time to read. I’m also very creative and I like doing little crafts out of random things I find.


Aces Up by Lauren Barnholdt

Shannon is a seventeen year old that is like most American people today; struggling for money. Her father just lost his job, so now they have a limited supply. To make ends meet, Shannon decides to do something illegal. She gets a job at the casino, where only twenty one years and older can work.

One night at work, she receives a note that is asking her to show up at a hotel room or else she will get into lots of trouble. Thinking that it’s work related, she goes to the hotel room and is definitely wrong.. A college-aged boy named Cole asked her to join a super-secret poker society called Aces Up. Cole has been watching Shannon and he knows she is basically a math wiz and thinks she can be an excellent poker player.

Aces Up is planning on playing in a poker tournament and cheating their way through. Cole is forcing Shannon to go along with it, or else he will tell the casino that she’s underage.

With all of this drama with the casino, Shannon is also dealing with family drama, and school drama. Her grades are slipping while she’s trying to win a math award and the boy that she’s been crushing on for a year or so is now making an appearance back into her life after a long absence.

This book is a pretty good book, there’s not very deep or dark emotions or anything in this novel, but it’s a fun book to read. Personally, I like the author Lauren Barnholdt so I thought this was a good book. If you want a more dark novel, I would suggest reading something else.

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