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The Poker Diaries
     

The Poker Diaries

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by Liza Conrad
 

From the author of Rock My World and High School Bites-a tale of a poker-playing teen whose two lives are about to collide.

For a city girl, Lulu has the best of both worlds-uptown and downtown. Her mother teaches her about art and high society...then every other weekend she's with her dad, playing poker in the back room of her grandfather's bar.

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From the author of Rock My World and High School Bites-a tale of a poker-playing teen whose two lives are about to collide.

For a city girl, Lulu has the best of both worlds-uptown and downtown. Her mother teaches her about art and high society...then every other weekend she's with her dad, playing poker in the back room of her grandfather's bar. Mark, her downtown crush, is almost as good at the game as she is, but her uptown friends lose their shirts. So when her buddy Dack gets mixed up with the wrong crowd and loses a bit more than he should, it's up to Lulu to win it back for him. But things have become even more complicated- especially now that her mom is dating Mr. Toughon- Crime himself, the Mayor of New York City.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly

Lulu lives with her cultured mother on New York's Central Park West, but she feels "most definitely more downtown than uptown," like her gambler father, with whom she spends some weekends in Hell's Kitchen. Lulu, who narrates, plays backroom poker herself and, thanks to her innate ability to read people and trust her gut, she often wins. But when Lulu gambles to win back her friend's prized watch, she ends up getting filmed and blackmailed. She knows if the film gets to the media, it could spell the end to her mother's happy engagement to the mayor. Readers will likely be drawn in by Conrad's (High School Bites) unique premise, especially given the popularity of gambling among teens. The characters could have been flushed out further (her parents, for example, never become more than their uptown/downtown molds) but the author escalates the tension well. In the end, Lulu learns to trust the mayor and realizes she is a "blend of both worlds." Her story is lively and straightforward enough to keep readers at the table. Lulu's obvious passion for poker enhances the fun: she begins each chapter with a piece of poker advice (Rule #1, "When playing strip poker, wear a sexy bra"), narrates a glossary of "common poker slang" and explains the rules to different games. She even suggests what to do about gambling addiction. Ages 12-up. (Jan.)

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KLIATT - Nancy Chrismer
With the current interest in poker, this book will be popular. It is the story of Lulu, whose parents are divorced, but who has the best of both worlds: her mom offers high society, art galleries, wealth, and the finer things of life; her dad helps run her grandfather's bar, is a gambler by trade, and teaches her so much about playing poker that she can beat even him. Lulu loves to play poker and is quite good. She gets in a jam when her uptown friend Dack gets mixed up in the wrong poker-playing circles, loses an invaluable watch, and asks her to play in an illegal poker game to try to win it back. At the same time, Lulu has a romantic interest in her downtown friend Mark, whom both parents have forbidden her to see. Her life is further complicated when her mother dates the mayor of New York City and expects Lulu to be the model daughter for the media. Everything explodes when Lulu is blackmailed into playing poker for some unsavory characters and the police raid the game. This is a well-crafted story of what happens when a teen tries to help a friend by doing the "wrong" thing for a good reason.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780451220240
Publisher:
Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date:
01/02/2007
Pages:
224
Product dimensions:
5.04(w) x 7.12(h) x 0.63(d)
Age Range:
13 - 17 Years

Meet the Author

Liza Conrad is the pseudonym for a successful author who lives in South Florida with an extremely noisy cockatoo, a corgi, and other unruly pets. Author website: lizaconrad.com.

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The Poker Diaries 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
TeensReadToo More than 1 year ago
Lulu's Rule of Poker #2 states: Don't bet what you can't afford to lose.

Dack thinks he can play poker. Lulu knows he can't because every time they play strip poker with her friend Angie, they always stop the game with Dack in his boxers. When Lulu goes to her dad's for the weekend, she gets a panicked phone call from Dack. He played poker with some other rich boys from the neighborhood, and now he's lost a prized possession.

Lulu, a poker goddess, agrees to play the winner in a rematch. When she arrives, she notices something a little strange about the other players, but nothing too out of the ordinary. She cleans house, taking back Dack's watch. Both friends think this is the end of the story; however it's only the beginning.

Soon, Lulu's in hot water--with her dad, her mom, and maybe her new stepfather, who just happens to be the mayor. Can she fix things before they get way out of hand?

THE POKER DIARIES feature rules of poker, a poker glossary, and rules for certain games. This novel is for anyone who loves poker, helping friends out of tough places, and for those just looking for a fun read.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
I loved this book i read it on a plane ride and coulndt put it down. The book showed how people can adapt to different environments but still fit in in both. All in all a must read.