Winner Take All by Laurie Devore

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. 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 att...

Details Winner Take All

TitleWinner Take All
Release DateJan 30th, 2018
GenreYoung Adult, Contemporary, Romance, Realistic Fiction

Reviews Winner Take All

  • Brittney ~ Reverie and Ink
    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 throw...
  • Courtney
    I went on a little tweet spree about this book. I want the world to read it.
  • Jane
    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.
  • Rachael
    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, ...
  • Mare SLiTsReaD Reviews
    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 alive It’s the way I’m feeling, I just can’t denyBut I’ve gotta let it go I could do this review in all Ri...
  • Jessica (Book_Obsessed_Jess)
    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 whatever cost. When they become involved in ...
  • Deejaye
    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...
  • julianna ➹
    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 ...
  • Sam Kozbial
    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 t...
  • Sierra
    "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!
  • Rachel (APCB Reviews)
    This one missed the mark for me. Full review to come.
  • Ramisa Chowdhury
    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 ...
  • Michelle
    **You can see this full review and more at Book Briefs:**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 differe...
  • Jessica McAllister
    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 character...
  • Amy's Book Reviews
    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 gr...
  • Ruqs
    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!
  • Les
    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 quin...
  • Aditi ~ •A Thousand Words A Million Books
    Actual Rating 1.5 StarsAS SEEN ON: A THOUSAND WORDS A MILLION BOOKS I 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 ...
  • Becky
    Originally posted at : www.bickeringbookreviews.comSummary: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 danger...
  • Mary
    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 ...
  • Kelly
    Messy and complicated heroine in a messy, complicated world. Fierce.
  • Rachel WritesThings
    I am legit obsessed with this book. Also my boyfriend (well er fictionally) exists in this one.
  • Angela
    Listen,listen this book made me so mad that I had to literally physically put it down at least three times and walk around the room to walk it off, I was so pissed off.It started out well, I mostly read fantasy but on occasion I like to read a hate- to- love contemporary. Das my fave troupe. And this started out well enough, I was somewhat enjoing it till the 50% mark, I was probably gonna give it three starts up until that point. But man the sec...
  • Maggie
    Okay so I have a lot of thoughts on this book and this whole things probably going to be pretty ranty just saying.Let's just start with the characters themselves. I get it, in real life people aren't perfect and we have some pretty major flaws. But the main characters in this novel are total train wrecks. Like especially Nell herself, she has zero redeeming qualities. Okay sure, she's a hard worker, but that seems to be about the extent of it? Sh...
  • Alexia
    I wasn't sure what to expect from this book. I was hoping I'd enjoy it, but also terrified that I wouldn't. Even when I was halfway through it, I still couldn't decide if I was liking it or hating it. To be honest, I think my conflicted feelings were largely because of Nell. Not because I didn't like her, but because she reminded me so much of myself.My competitiveness has been well documented in both my high school and my college days. In high s...