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Aces Up by Lauren Barnholdt

By Lauren Barnholdt

Seventeen-year-old highschool senior Shannon Card wishes cash. and plenty of it. She's been admitted to Wellesley, yet her dad simply misplaced his task, and someway she has to come back up with a 12 months of school herself. yet Shannon's dream of constructing gigantic greenbacks waitressing on the neighborhood on line casino, the Collosio, disappears quicker than a gambler's fortunate streak. Her boss is a tyrant, her coworker is nuts, and her possibilities of balancing a tray jam-packed with beverages whereas donning high-heeled footwear are slender to none. Worse, time is operating out, and Shannon hasn't made even part the cash she'd hoped.

When Shannon gets a mysterious invitation to affix Aces Up, a mystery community of hugely gifted collage poker gamers, at the start she thinks No manner. She has adequate to fret approximately: conserving her activity, successful the coveted math scholarship in class, and tutoring her mystery overwhelm, Max. but if Shannon musters up the nerve to kiss Max and he doesn't react in any respect, the attract of Aces Up and its horny eighteen-year-old chief, Cole, is unexpectedly too robust to ignore.

Soon Shannon's stuck up in an internet of lies and deceit that makes being concerned approximately college funds or a highschool weigh down look like child stuff. nonetheless, whilst the money's this strong, is the terror of having stuck cause sufficient to fold?

This enjoyable, attractive, recession-proof tale is a bubbly summer time learn with stunning depth--great for lovers of Sarah Mlynowski.

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He stepped forward and hugged me. It felt real, it felt good, but maybe there was a hint of something else. Like duty or boyfriend obligation. The water streamed slowly into the sink, making a dripping noise. The kind of sound that weighs on your bladder. “Great,” Robert said. ” I found a glass in the cupboard and put it under the makeshift tap. Debra wrinkled her nose at it. ” “I’m sorry,” I said. ” “It’s just bottled water tastes so much better. ” I smiled and nodded, then turned away from her.

She nodded and took me into the kitchen to the window by the back door. Bruce followed us. “There,” she said, pointing to a general space behind the hill. ” I said. ” he asked. ” 56 Lamb She carefully put her pilfered supplies into the cupboard before leaving the bread for herself. She crawled into the corner and gnawed on it while I stared out the window, polishing off another slice. I thought about how I should have gone with her. Together we could have brought in twice as much. I was also struck by how this woman ignored everyone’s ill treatment and still brought them food.

Her name is Priscilla! ” she asked. “Yes. Sort of. Ninety percent sure. Maybe eighty-five. ” “You should be glad I’m not calling the ones I think in my mind,” she said. “Oh, I am,” I said. ” I took a deep breath. “I don’t know where she is, though. ” Robert asked, looking around. ” I asked. “She’s got family around here somewhere. She’s probably out looking for them, something we should probably all be doing. ” Bruce was still staring at me. ” he asked as he pointed at the hose. I nodded. ” I shrugged.

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