Despite what his brother and his sponsor think, Tate isn’t an addict. He has the 30-day chip to prove it. But when his father learns Tate’s been running an illegal card room out of a friend’s dorm to pay off old gambling debts, Tate is cut off. With his family no longer talking to him, his aunt Nora offers him a chance to intern for her political campaign. Juggling school with the intense internship, Tate finds himself buying scratch-off lottery tickets to take the edge off. Tate is surprised to find the beautiful and calculating Alex Wolf—his first crush and the girl who taught him how to gamble—volunteering with Nora’s campaign, too. Soon, Tate is more drawn to Alex than ever. Her mind games stick in his head, but her vulnerable, softer side gets into his heart. As tensions rise along the campaign trail, Tate is forced to question whether he’s really addiction-free, after all.
Page Count: 352
Trim Size: 5.5 x 8.25
Rights Territory: Worldwide
YOUNG ADULT FICTION / Social Themes / General
YOUNG ADULT FICTION / Coming of Age
YOUNG ADULT FICTION / Boys & Men
Kate Watson is a young adult writer, wife, mother of three, and the tenth of thirteen children. Originally from Canada, she attended college in the States and holds a BA in Philosophy from Brigham Young University. A lover of travel, speaking in accents, and experiencing new cultures, she has also lived in Israel, Brazil, and the American South, and she now calls Arizona home.
“Watson’s plot will keep readers interested—her narrative twists and turns wildly.” — Kirkus Reviews
“A wild journey into the depths of addiction, evoked with such intensity that readers may find themselves short of breath.” — Booklist
“Watson effectively portrays a character desperately struggling to control his gambling addiction as it threatens to destroy his life.” — School Library Journal
“Complex, intelligent, and quick-moving. It thoughtfully examines addiction, and the difficult task of overcoming it, through it’s complicated but appealing teenage leads.” — Foreword Reviews
“This page-turner is an engrossing mystery as well as an exploration of addiction. Teen readers will cheer Tate’s coming-of-age and the bad guys’ downfall.” — VOYA
2018 Whitney Award finalist