Seventeen-year-old high school senior Shannon Card needs money. And lots of it. Shes 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 Shannons dream of making big bucks waitressing at the local casino, the Collosio, disappears faster than a gamblers 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 hasnt made even half the money shed 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 doesnt react at all, the allure of Aces Up and its sexy eighteen-year-old leader, Cole, is suddenly too powerful to ignore.
Soon Shannons 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 moneys 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 depthgreat for fans of Sarah Mlynowski.