Blog Tour + Giveaway + Review: Winner Take All by Laurie Devore

Title: Winner Take All
Author: Laurie Devore
Publication Date: January 30, 2018
Publisher: Imprint
Source: Publisher
Pages: 336
Age Group:Young Adult
Genre: Contemporary

           
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 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.
This was so, so, so good! I seriously can't praise this book enough. It felt like a mixture of Cruel Intentions and Filter's Hey Man, Nice Shot. It was just so cool and raw and intense and the most swoon-worthy love/hate relationship between two characters EVER in YA! 

Laurie Davore stated the following on GR about this book: "you're probably going to read this book and wonder what's wrong with me and the truth is, I do not know." Well, if there's something wrong with her for writing this book, there's absolutely something wrong with me for loving, I mean LOVING, this book.

Nell Becker. Oh, Nell Becker. She's such a beautiful and complex character. The best thing about her is that you don't know whether you love her or hate her but in the end, she's tragically flawed. She's unforgivingly obsessed with making it to the top of the class. See, she attends Cedar Woods Prep Acadamy, but only because her mother is head Mistress. She's from the proverbial "other side of the tracks" and Nell's been duped into thinking that she needs to be unrelenting when it comes to getting things she wants because she isn't as rich as her classmates.

Enter Jackson Hart. Oh, Jackson Heart. He's also beautiful, complex, and the antidote to Nell Becker. When Nell is busy studying at home to earn top grades, Jackson is out partying and sleeping around and still accomplishing the same academically. It's easy to see why it grates Nell's nerves. And that is really the basis for their tumultuous hateship/hatemance. And I ate it all up. This book made me realize that intense feelings, like the ones between Nell and Jackson, are my absolute favorite dynamic to read.

The dialogue and circumstances are so intelligent. I enjoyed that everyone has an agenda that is only clear to themselves and the unwinding of it all, as the story hits its climax and then ending, is really what makes everything just one compelling mess.

As a whole, this story is an exploration of class, of what it means to be female in today's society as far as where male-centric idealogies are concerned, about the pressures parents put on their children to succeed, and equally about the pressures high school kids put on themselves. There's a line in the book (which I failed to highlight) but it's something about high school being this tiny slice of life in this gigantic realm we live in as human beings. Yet, at that age, everything is so huge and consuming that perception is definitely skewed.

So, cat's out of the bag. I love this book and I want everyone to love it just as much as I did. Hope you do, and if you've read it, I'd love to read your reactions in the comments. As always. happy reading!
 
 
Laurie Devore was born and raised in small town South Carolina and graduated from Clemson University. She now lives and works in Chicago, where she misses the charms and contradictions of the south every day. In her spare time, she reluctantly runs marathons, watches too much TV, and works a “y’all” into every conversation. How to Break a Boy is her first novel.

3 Winners will receive a finished copy of WINNER TAKE ALL.
US ONLY.
Ends February 13th @ Midnight
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