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All in all, sixteen-year-old Andrew Lang has been dealt a pretty good hand in life. Sure, he has to spend his afternoons slaving away in the hellhole that is his dad's dry-cleaning business, but even that's not so bad with Jasmine, the seriously hot Goth-chick senior, working right beside him. So what if she's got a boyfriend? Plus, Andrew's got an ace up his sleeve - he'sAll in all, sixteen-year-old Andrew Lang has been dealt a pretty good hand in life. Sure, he has to spend his afternoons slaving away in the hellhole that is his dad's dry-cleaning business, but even that's not so bad with Jasmine, the seriously hot Goth-chick senior, working right beside him. So what if she's got a boyfriend? Plus, Andrew's got an ace up his sleeve - he's good at poker. Very good. Unfortunately, all it takes is one bad beat at Shushie's illegal poker club to turn Andrew's bankroll from huge to nonexistent. And Andrew's pretty sure that sooner or later his dad's going to notice that $600 he "borrowed" from the register. Andrew thinks he may know how to get the money back, but it's a little bit crazy, and a little bit dangerous . . . In this breakneck-paced novel about gambling and growing up, the stakes are high, and Andrew must ask himself: What does going all in really mean?...

Title : Big Slick
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ISBN : 9780374307998
Format Type : Hardcover
Number of Pages : 240 Pages
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Big Slick Reviews

  • Cindy Mitchell *Kiss the Book*
    2018-11-12 07:12

    Luper, Eric Big Slick. PG. 232, Farrar, Straus and Giroux. Language-PG 13, Sexual Content-Pg 13, Violence-G . Andrew is sixteen and is playing poker. when he enters a tournament and loses, he finds himself in a hole. He tries to earn the money he stole from his dad's shop. this was an okay story but I couldn't finish reading it. It said the "F" word close to a dozen times. It also swore around one hundred and fourteen times, all of this and I only made it to page 133 out of 232. HS, NO. Student Reviewer-MP

  • Richie Partington
    2018-10-21 10:47

    28 March 2007 BIG SLICK by Eric Luper, Farrar, Straus & Giroux, October 2007, ISBN: 0-374-30799-7"If I had a gun for every ace I have drawnI could arm a town the size of Abilene"-- The Grateful Dead, "Loser""Pocket aces. Shushie dealt me two aces: a club and a diamond. It's the best starting hand possible. Not often do cards like that come along -- once in 221 hands to be exact. In five hours of playing, it's my first pocket aces and probably my only one for the tournament."I stare at my cards and try to be ice. Every fiber in me wants to smile, to jump up and down, to point my fingers in the air and wiggle my knees back and forth like a showboating wide receiver after a touchdown. But poker isn't about grandstanding; it's about patient, it's about cool. And it's about money -- lots of it."Sixteen-year-old high school student Andrew Lang is a math whiz who has no experience with girls (despite having developed a Guy Meets Girl Algorithm), no chemical addictions, and -- to his father's chagrin -- no letter jacket. He has a cute little brother named Rooster, and a serious dislike of Herman Melville. Andrew works in his father's dry-cleaning business after school and on weekends, alongside his fellow student, the older, hot Goth girl Jasmine. But there is probably a better chance of my being dealt five aces out of a single deck than there is of Andrew ever deciding that he wants to become the third-generation owner of the family dry-cleaning establishment.Unbeknownst to his parents, Jasmine, or his best friend Scott, Andrew has been frequenting the illegal poker club that operates in the basement of the town's seedy pool hall. Over the course of the past year his success at the poker table had first waxed brightly but has now seriously waned. As the result of his compulsion to reignite his winning ways, Andrew has "borrowed" five-hundred dollars from the dry-cleaning register in order to enter a No-Limit Hold 'Em tournament. But one bad hand costs him that tournament and now the time is quickly tick-tick-ticking down toward the day when his father will balance the books and discover that the money is missing. Borrowing another hundred in his desperation to play his way back to profitability has just gotten Andrew another hundred dollars further in the hole. What is his next move?"I'll see you, I'll call you, I'll raise youBut it's no cheap thrillIt will cost you, cost you, cost youAnything you have to pay."-- Suzanne Vega, "No Cheap Thrill"BIG SLICK is an action-filled tale involving hot girls, hot cars, very dangerous people, serious desperation, and some seriously bad choices. The poker scenes are so engaging that I had to spend some quality hours signed into Yahoo games learning how to play Hold 'Em. (In trying to follow Andrew's advice on how to play the game, I've already tripled my initial Yahoo play money.) Being a numbers person myself, I like Andrew's penchant for tossing out percentages. I also enjoyed the author's naming the many chapter titles after the slang terms for different combinations of starting hands, such as Pocket Rockets (two aces), Hilton Sisters (two queens), Maxwell Smart (an eight and a six), and Gold Rush (a four and a nine).(I just learned from checking out "Loser" in David Dodd's exquisite COMPLETE ANNOTATED GRATEFUL DEAD LYRICS that Dead Man's Hand -- an ace and an eight -- comes from Wild Bill Hickok having been holding aces and eights when he was shot to death in Deadwood.)I couldn't stop reading the book as Andrew Lang sinks deeper and deeper into that proverbial hole of his own making. With the action and danger -- and the enigmatic Goth girl -- I'm betting that BIG SLICK is going to be both extremely popular and a great new title for reluctant readers.Richie Partington, MLISRichie's Picks http://[email protected]

  • Jennifer Wardrip
    2018-11-02 06:16

    Reviewed by Sally Kruger, aka "Readingjunky" for TeensReadToo.comAndrew Lang may only be sixteen, but he's pretty sure he'd like to try making a living playing poker. It started with free games online and quickly became playing for real in the private games held in the town pool hall. Andrew's quick thinking ability combined with the professional advice from pool hall owner Shushie Spiegel have him winning pots any respectable player would envy. Unfortunately, Andrew has hit a losing streak. To keep money in his pocket, he begins skimming money from the cash register in the family-owned dry cleaning business. Before he knows it, he owes $600, and his father is noticing something strange. When his dad begins talking inventory, Andrew realizes his days are numbered to be able to pay the money back without being caught. With the help of his friend Scott, goth girl and fellow employee Jasmine, and a mint-condition 1970 Chevy Chevelle SS 454, Andrew hatches a plan to get back the money he owes his father and the dry cleaning business. Can they possibly pass themselves off as eighteen, get into the Native American casino, and then sit at a poker table and win? BIG SLICK is filled with colorful characters, poker action, humor, romance, and illegal deals that will keep you turning the pages. Teen readers - both guys and girls, poker fans or not - will be fighting over who gets this one first.

  • Kate
    2018-11-17 11:56

    In poker terms, a big slick is when you start a hand of Texas Hold 'em with an Ace and a King showing. It's a strong starting hand, but in the case of main character Andrew Lang, things fall apart quickly. Lang is a boy genius of sorts -- the youngest player at Shushie's underground poker club, and he has a knack for the game. But he borrowed money from his dad's dry cleaning business to enter a tournament and digs himself deeper and deeper in trouble with every page. Add to that mix some family tension, a really cute little brother, a loyal best friend, and a hot goth girl who works with Andrew at Dad's dry cleaning business, and you have a seriously compelling plot.This is a book that teenaged boys -- and girls, since there's a cool, strong female character, too -- will love. It's not one of those YA novels that you'll want to share with most middle school kids, though. The language is intense sometimes, and there's a pretty steamy romance scene. It's definitely more of a high school title -- and a perfect one for reluctant readers at that age.Even though I'm not a poker player, I loved this book. Probably because it isn't really just about poker after all. When all the cards are turned, Big Slick is a fast-moving, gutsy novel about finding your way in the world, making mistakes, and making good.

  • Rebecca Angel
    2018-10-27 09:53

    Good read. I found it on my shelf (can't remember where I picked it up) and breezed through it in one evening. At first I wasn't sure I wanted to read past the first chapter because I really don't care about poker, and the main character is detailing his plays in a game. But it quickly moved past the game and into his life, his family, the girl he's into, his best friend, and yes, an addiction that leads him down a quickly degrading path. It's not a downer of a book, in fact, it's a fast-paced ride with a brilliant teen boy who needs to figure things out quickly, and he can. He also has a soft heart, and people he can count on when things looks their worst. Check it out.

  • Ryan Bruesewitz
    2018-11-04 08:01

    Big Slick is an action-packed tale about a young man who gets caught up in the gambling scene. Early on, the boy goes to a poker club and starts to really get the hang of the game. He ends up throwing away most of his money, along with stolen money from his friends and family to try to gamble back what he had lost during a cocky bet that he made by impulse. During all of this, he met a girl who worked at the same place as him. Him, her, and his friend end up having a big scheme to get all of the money back, and to find the ending you must read the book yourself. This is an awesome book and i would recommend it to those who like books about young adults and their hardships.

  • Filippy
    2018-11-11 10:55

    Well, there were a lot of glaring plot devices and moral dragging (The fact that they go to the casino AFTER he faces his father for example) that kinda ruin the mood for me, but it was a good book, with cute two dimensional characters, and a predictable plot.

  • Zion Waters
    2018-11-05 10:05

    Great and very sexy

  • Sandra
    2018-10-28 12:17

    Edgy...a high school boy has to earn back the money he stole from his dad's dry cleaning business, because of his gambling habit.

  • James
    2018-11-01 12:08

    Good young adult story about a card-playing teen.

  • Kim
    2018-11-11 08:54