Winner Take All

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Winner Take All

Winner Take All For Nell Becker life is a competition she needs to win For Jackson Hart everyone is a pawn in his own game They both have everything to lose Nell wants to succeed at everything school sports life

  • Title: Winner Take All
  • Author: Laurie Devore
  • ISBN: 9781250082886
  • Page: 384
  • Format: Hardcover
  • For Nell Becker, life is a competition she needs to win.For Jackson Hart, everyone is a pawn in his own game.They both have everything to lose.Nell wants to succeed at everything school, sports, life And victory is sweeter when it means beating Jackson Hart, the rich, privileged, undisputed king of Cedar Woods Prep Academy Yet no matter how hard she tries, Jackson is somFor Nell Becker, life is a competition she needs to win.For Jackson Hart, everyone is a pawn in his own game.They both have everything to lose.Nell wants to succeed at everything school, sports, life And victory is sweeter when it means beating Jackson Hart, the rich, privileged, undisputed king of Cedar Woods Prep Academy Yet no matter how hard she tries, Jackson is somehow one step ahead They re a match made in hell, but opposites do attract.Drawn to each other by their rivalry, Nell and Jackson fall into a whirlwind romance that consumes everything in their lives But when a devastating secret exposes their relationship as just another game, how far will Nell go to win Visceral and whip smart, Laurie Devore s Winner Take All paints an unflinching portrait of obsessive love, toxic competition, and the drive for perfection.

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    1. Brittney ~ Reverie and Ink on said:

      2.5 stars. Oy. Ok. I have a lot of thoughts. And I'm sorry, I hate writing ranty reviews, and I always want to be nice and considerate even in my negative ones. A lot of people will honestly enjoy this book very much, but it left a bad taste in my mouth, probably because of the life I've lived. So maybe its just me.Before I go any further, I want to leave some disclaimers so you know what to expect. I'm not saying I disagree with the author throwing these heavy topics in the book, because I thin [...]

    2. Tatiana on said:

      I am a mega sucker for this kind of YA plot - a prep school, a girl and a boy are in throws of a fight for academic supremacy, the guy is popular and rich, the girl is high-strung and scrappy. Sparks fly, right? Only can she believe him? She is not stupid to think he finds her to be SO SPECIAL from the other girls he’s dated. Or is this some kind of sick game? And if it is, who is going to win it?A lot of this book worked for me, especially the MC clear-headedness about how this whole scenario [...]

    3. Laurie on said:

      you're probably going to read this book and wonder what's wrong with me and the truth is, I do not know

    4. Courtney on said:

      I went on a little tweet spree about this book. I want the world to read ititter/courtney_s/status

    5. Jane on said:

      Upgrading this to 4.5 stars. WOW. This blew my mind and was pretty messed up, not gonna lie. But it was also amazing and made so many brilliant points about being a girl, and power dynamics, and basically this was such a fierce surprise of a book.

    6. Rachael on said:

      Y’all this book was a…… a real mess. I’m trying not to get mad at it but you know what?? I was actually excited to read this and it turned out to be actual crap bag full of white feminism and victim-blaming and a metaphorical landfill. Screw this. I feel completely cheated. There is 1 (one) redeeming quality in this book and that is Nell’s character arc but you know what? It doesn’t even really begin until the book is about 75% over, and then it just seemed rushed and by that point I [...]

    7. Mare SLiTsReaD Reviews on said:

      Sometimes I read books and can’t help but make playlists to go with them. Sometimes I read epic books and sometimes they are just… ok.This book is my 1st 5 star of 2018.This book was soooo fucked yo!This book was all this…. Yellow diamonds in the light I was standing side by sideAs your shadow crosses mineWhat it takes to come aliveIt’s the way I’m feeling, I just can’t denyBut I’ve gotta let it go I could do this review in all Rihanna Gifs but I won’t. If you want to full effect [...]

    8. Jessica (Book_Obsessed_Jess) on said:

      I know this took way longer than it should have for me to read this book. In my defense, I hit a high drama point and was experiencing a lot of anxiety in my personal life, so I had to put it on hold and try to become more sane before I picked it up again.Winner Take All follows the relationship and rivalry between Jackson Hart and Nell Becker. Both of them are driven and determined to win at life whatever cost. When they become involved in a romantic relationship, it consumes every fiber of the [...]

    9. Jen Ryland on said:

      I read about 50 pages and, while this seems somewhat promising it just didn't grab me that much.Will be giving this away so someone else can try it - watch my social media for details if you are interested.Read more of my reviews on JenRyland or check out my Bookstagram!I received a free advance copy of this book from the publisher for possible review.

    10. Deejaye on said:

      Thank you to Net Gallery for providing me with a copy in exchange for an honest review. I'm not even sure where to start. Reading this book was a chore, an absolute dreadful chore. I'm sure there are people who will adore this book but unfortunately I was not one of them. These characters are awful, they are the worst type of people. They had ZERO redeeming qualities. We are suppose to feel sorry for Nell because she's a scholarship kid in a prep school. It was impossible for me to sympathize wi [...]

    11. julianna ➹ on said:

      This whole book is a freaking metaphor and I loved it. Throughout the first 30% of this book I was kind of doubting Laurie Devore's magic but haha. no. SHE IS MAGICAL, IT IS CONFIRMED.This book outlines the differences between how girls and boys are treated in society, and it was infuriating to read. I got seriously pissed at like, 70% of the school for being like this and then I also thought about how I am technically, like this even just a little, even though I don't want to be? Because of the [...]

    12. Sam Kozbial on said:

      Rating: 3.5 StarsThis was a dark read, as expected, but it wasn't the story I was expecting. This was solidly Nell's story in my opinion. It was a tale of girl, who had been broken by the standards imposed by society, the pressure to achieve, and the demands of her overbearing mother.•Pro: I found myself fully engrossed by this book. I found myself wanting to read just one more chapter, because I had to see where this was all going. •Pro: I think people are going to find Nell unlikable, howe [...]

    13. Sierra on said:

      "I'm not just part of your game, Jackson. I am the goddamn game."OKAY THEN.Review to come! Hopefully! We all know I''m terrible with ACTUALLY reviewing books!

    14. alice (arctic books) on said:

      DNF at page 57. I was excited to read this book at first because I love competition-like books that end in romance. However, it wasn't what I expected and just felt a bit. preppy and mediocre. It's strange to have those two words in the same phrase, but this one didn't capture me as much as I hoped it would. Thank you to Macmillan for providing me with a copy in exchange for an honest review.

    15. Rachel(APCB Reviews) on said:

      This one missed the mark for me. Full review to come.

    16. Ramisa Chowdhury on said:

      I received a free e-arc from NetGalley in exchange for an honest opinion. All views are of my own. I have no idea what I just read. I hate writing negative reviews. I hate being negative in general. But this was one of those books I just wanted to stop reading and throw out the window but couldn’t because it was an e-arc from NetGalley and I had in my phone. The story starts with Nell Becker being appalled by how Jackson Hart, the rich popular playboy, gets away with spewing rubbish in an Engl [...]

    17. Michelle on said:

      **You can see this full review and more at Book Briefs: bookbriefs**Winner Take All is a young adult contemporary by Laurie Devore. It was a really interesting read for me. There were parts of it that I liked and parts of the story that I didn't love as much, but I will say one thing about this novel, it really made me think. Even the characters that I didn't love, made me think. And for that, I enjoyed Winner Take All. It was different than I expected, but not necessarily in a bad way. Winner T [...]

    18. Jessica McAllister on said:

      When I read the synopsis for this book I thought I was really going to enjoy it. I am a sucker for hate to love relationships (no matter how unrealistic they may be). However, this book made me cringe and roll my eyes and flat at scream at it. There were so many things that I disliked about this. First of all the main character Nell was so unlikable. She had few if any redeeming qualities. She would react in such toxic ways to the other characters especially towards her best friend Lia and Love [...]

    19. Amy's Book Reviews on said:

      Nell Becker wants to win at everything no matter the cost—family, friends, her own integrity. Jackson, her challenger for class valedictorian, is a rich kid who uses girls for sport. What starts off as a plan to get ahead by using Jackson becomes an obsessive relationship that threatens everyone on its path.Nell escalates narcissism to a new level with her take no prisoners attitude. Her selfishness is ugly and mean, even to her friends. She grows about an inch through the book, when she needs [...]

    20. Ruqs on said:

      I really liked it! I know a lot of people were upset about some of the mind games but it was in the copy so was expecting it. I like that Laurie Devore pushes her charactes to the edge and they go to really dark places. It makes for a compelling read and I find her books so compulsively readable. Can't wait to see what she does next!Idk if I'll review because I don't really review anymore but maybe because I did like it a lot!

    21. Les on said:

      Love-hate relationship between top two students at a South Carolina prep school. Nell Becker is the daughter of the Head of the school. Her mother drives her to constantly be the best and show up the rich kids. So she's a total over-achiever, obsessed with every grade and argumentative over the slightest point. Her classmates openly mock her and if she wasn't an All-State volleyball player she'd be barely tolerated at all.Jackson Hart is the quintessential rich kid, the kind of guy Mrs. Becker i [...]

    22. Aditi ~ •A Thousand Words A Million Books on said:

      Actual Rating 1.5 StarsAS SEEN ON: A THOUSAND WORDS A MILLION BOOKSI received a review copy from Macmillan International in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts and opinions are entirely my own. I FEEL LIKE WE SHOULD OFFICIALLY RENAME THIS BOOK TO “THE CHRONICLES OF THE MOST MESSED UP CHARACTERS IN LITERATURE.”Not lying, I was FAIRLY EXCITED when I dove into this book. It sounded like a light and yet adorable high school read that I was quite looking forward to. I even had Laurie Devr [...]

    23. Becky on said:

      Originally posted at : bickeringbookreviewsSummary:Nell Becker is the best student at the prestigious Cedar Woods Prep Academy.  Nell, who was only granted admission to the elite prep school because of her mother’s job is the best student, best volleyball player, and best student government member.  She works twice as hard as everyone else and nothing will stop her…except Jackson Hart.  Jackson Hart is the boy who’s GPA is dangerously close to Nell’s, he is the boy who never tries but [...]

    24. Mary on said:

      If you want to take the world by storm, is it okay to burn it all down? What if the world was mean to you? What if it treated you really unfairly? What if it deserved it? What if you are a girl? What are the rules that you have to play by, and more important, is it worth it?Winner Take All is a look at a teenage girl who is expected to be perfect, hated for it by others, and worse, hates herself for it. Over one summer, her carefully constructed reality is smashed into pieces when the one guy sh [...]

    25. Vicky Who Reads on said:

      I am so sorry for this not-really book related question but is it just me, or does the cover look like cowboy fringe?I have spent the past nine hours after discovering it's apparent match-like qualities (doing other stuff &) thinking about how these are supposed to be matches! Wow! What a shocker! When did that happen? Like, I had no idea what these brown things were. The top photo is a match. The bottom is cowboy fringe. I just--I feel like I've been lied to this whole time because I was so [...]

    26. Rubal on said:

      1.5skimmed from 40% onwards. i started this because i thought it was a fun, light, YA contemporary with snarky banter between high-school arch-rivals. it wasn't. instead, it was about issues™ that are handled in a very OTT and dramatic way. the less said about the main "romance", the betterere are very few authors whose writing can make me feel something other than annoyance for teenagers in western countries and their first world problems. didn't happen here. maybe the rating would be a bit h [...]

    27. Marissa on said:


    28. Kelly on said:

      Messy and complicated heroine in a messy, complicated world. Fierce.

    29. Coast To Coast YA Reviews on said:

      WE WANT THIS AS SOON AS POSSIBLE OH MY GOSH. After How to Break a Boy, I am convinced I will read anything by Laurie Devore. I know Brooke feels the same way. I CANNOT WAIT for this one.

    30. Rachel on said:

      I am legit obsessed with this book. Also my boyfriend (well er fictionally) exists in this one.

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