Papademetriou, Lisa. Drop.

Author:Marler, Myrna
Position:Young adult review - Brief article - Book review

PAPADEMETRIOU, Lisa. Drop. Random House, Knopf. c2008. 978-0-375-84244-3. $15.99. S

Perhaps this could be called "a caper story." It's about three teens, each with a problematic family life, who try to beat the system in the casinos in Las Vegas. However, it's not a comedy. Sanjay has a serious gambling problem. He's actually stealing from his father's

store to make up his losses. Kat, his girlfriend, has a mother in prison and a little sister she loves. She fears that her mother might get out of prison. She's also got a former boyfriend who is a criminal. Jerrica is obsessed with math and probabilities. She may be psychic, but her father is about to marry his pregnant girlfriend and she's not sure how she feels about that. Somehow, these three find each other and soon their nights are spent in smoky casinos laying bets and taking home thousands of dollars in cash--except for Jerrica, who is not in it for...

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