How I Read It: Print
Dates Read: 3/14/19- 3/17/19
I heard about this book through Book of the Month. I can’t tell if I liked this book or not, so here’s what has been going through my mind:
This story follows Jaime Elders, a 19-year-old girl with a dream of being a professional Texas Hold’em player. After her mother goes to prison, her uncle Loyal takes in Jaime and her brother Toby. Loyal runs an “underground” illegal gambling ring, with accomplices in the police force and the county judge. When Jaime takes money off the top that she finds she is unable to pay back, Loyal makes it her responsibility to collect cash for him, thereby making her a pawn in the gambling ring, all in order to protect Toby from the illegal activity. After the disappearance of a former NFL player, Jaime finds her self even farther in over her head, and finding ways to protect Toby is becoming harder and harder.
On one hand, this book was awesome. I mean, the story line was super intense, and I was looking forward to finding out what was going to happen. There were some twists and turns, but learning about the characters, their lives, and the ways they have handled living in this small town was fun. However, the ending was extremely predictable. I can’t even blame Massey, there wasn’t really another way to sum it all up, but it still was a movie ending if I have ever read one.
As someone who grew up in a small town, I get it. This entire story talks about how easily you can get trapped in a small town. There are a lot of people who don’t see it like that, but Jaime (and myself) doesn’t see it that way. When you live in a small town, there aren’t really places to go, there is only the one, which can be really intimidating to have your entire life planned out for you purely based on where you were born.
This book also talks about responsibility and how easily we put responsibility ahead of our happiness. We have all been there, taking jobs we don’t like in order to pay the bills, babysitting our siblings when we would rather be with our friends, doing homework instead of watching TV, etc. For Jaime, her responsibility is her brother, and she puts off her dreams in order to guarantee her brother a real chance at life.
As I’m writing, I realize that I might like this book more than I thought, but I would not say I absolutely loved it. So I am going to give this book 4 stars out of 5.
As always, if you have any thoughts or opinions, let me know in the comments. And if you would like to talk to me privately, feel free to e-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org. Thanks for reading, and I will see you at the next book!