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Nikki Tate is infamous, even by Las Vegas standards. Her dad is sitting on death row, convicted of killing his best friend in a gambling dispute turned ugly. And for five years, he's maintained his innocence. But Nikki wants no part of that. She's been working on Operation Escape Vegas: playing in illegal card games so she can save up enough money to get out come graduation day.
Then her dad's murder conviction is overturned. The new evidence seems to come out of nowhere and Nikki's life becomes a mess when he's released from prison. Because the dad who comes home is not the dad she remembers. And he's desperately obsessed with finding out who framed him--and why.
As her dad digs into the seedy underbelly of Vegas, the past threatens everything and Nikki is drawn into his deadly hunt for the truth. But in the city of sin, some sinners will do anything to keep their secrets, and Nikki soon finds herself playing for the biggest gamble ever--her life.
|Product dimensions:||5.70(w) x 8.40(h) x 1.20(d)|
|Age Range:||12 - 17 Years|
About the Author
Lamar Giles is the author of Overturned, which was a YALSA Quick Pick for Reluctant Young Adult Readers; Fake ID, which was an Edgar Award finalist and a YALSA Quick Pick for Reluctant Young Adult Readers; and Endangered, which was also an Edgar Award finalist. Lamar is a founding member of We Need Diverse Books. He resides in Virginia with his wife.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Overturned by Lamar Giles has a unique plot and sarcastic humor. The second line of the book is priceless, "He was my dad's latest and greatest attorney from the law firm of Cheap Suit, Bald Spot & Smoker's Cough." I immediately appreciated the author's use of humor. Nikki Tate is keeping her family's business running while her father is in prison. Nikki's mother tries to help but is not quite capable enough to handle the casino business on her own. Her father is released from prison and sees that Nikki is using her gambling knowledge and card skills to earn money for college and what she considers freedom. Nikki has a crush on Davis, the new student. Davis' family owns the new casino in Las Vegas that Nikki's father seems to be spending a lot of time at. He's also showing Nikki the ropes of high stakes gambling. Nikki and Davis' relationship is adorable and the dent they made in the hood of a borrowed car while kissing made me laugh out loud. Things take a turn for the worse when Nikki gets a crime scene thrust in front of her eyes. The mystery builds and then unravels. The author created complex and wonderful characters; I cared about them and enjoyed their personalities: Nikki's maturity and intelligence, Molly's snark and loyalty and Gavin and his protectiveness. 5 stars for an interesting mystery that kept me entertained!
I loved this book. Of course wanting to find out "who did it" kept the pages turning, but it was SO MUCH MORE that kept me reading way, way too late into the night. The main character, Nikki Tate, is so relatable and real that she stuck with me for many days after I finished the book. Not only is it a whirlwind ride through the side of Las Vegas tourists will never see, but it's so fully developed that I felt like I was right there with Nikki everywhere from her high school to her casino to the illegal gambling rooms. I also loved that there was not only an adorable (though complicated!) romance, but also a real friendship story. The best friends weren't just mentioned and forgotten--they were real and grew through the story. I highly recommend this book!