Seventeen-year-old high school senior Shann 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 Shann's dream of making big bucks waitressing at the local casi, 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 ne. Worse, time is running out, and Shann hasn't made even half the money she'd hoped. When Shann 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 eugh to worry about: keeping her job, winning the coveted math scholarship at school, and tutoring her secret crush, Max. But when Shann 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 igre. Soon Shann'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 eugh to fold? This fun, sexy, recession-proof story is a bubbly summer read with surprising depth--great for fans of Sarah Mlywski.
Lauren Barnholdt is the author of many books for teens and tweens, including Two-Way Street and The Secret Identity of Devon Delaney. She lives in Boston with her husband. Visit her Web site at www.laurenbarnholdt.com and say hello.