Winner Take All (Hardcover)

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Winner Take All by Laurie Devore is about what it means to be a girl in a boy's world. You probably won't like either of the main characters, but you aren't supposed to. Nell works twice as hard to be the best; she is smart and athletic and at the top of her game, but only because she works so hard. Everything is a competition to her that she MUST win. Jackson is all of that but hardly works at all; teachers and girls alike seemingly eat out of his hand because of who he is, the son of a wealthy, influential man. Nell and Jackson hate each other, but opposites do attract. 

— Toni W., High School Librarian


"Intense and fiercely smart, this volatile love story is both timely and classic." --Maurene Goo, author of I Believe in a Thing Called Love

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.

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"Intense and fiercely smart, this volatile love story is both timely and classic." --Maurene Goo, author of I Believe in a Thing Called Love

"A bold, incisive, timely examination of the high price girls often have to pay for daring to want it all...Clever, romantic, and absolutely unputdownable." --Courtney Summers, author of Cracked up to Be and All the Rage

"Darker and weightier than many stories about rivals falling in love, Devore's second novel draws a blurry line between honest emotions and calculated moves...a hard-hitting message about the pressures placed on teens to succeed." --Publishers Weekly

"Heartbreakingly real... an unrelenting, incisive look at one young woman's highly pressurized world." --Kirkus Reviews

"A clever plot twist reveals just how quick we are to judge the behavior of girls more harshly than that of boys...A winning choice." --School Library Journal

About the Author

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. She is the author of the young adult novels How to Break a Boy and Winner Take All.
Product Details
ISBN: 9781250082886
ISBN-10: 1250082889
Publisher: Imprint
Publication Date: January 30th, 2018
Pages: 336
Language: English