Shoot the Moon

Foreword Reviews - - Spotlight Reviews Young Adult -

Kate Wat­son, Flux (FE­BRU­ARY) Soft­cover $14.99 (352pp), 978-1-63583-014-9

Tate Ber­tram is hand­some, smart, rich, and liv­ing a priv­i­leged life. He is also a gam­bling ad­dict. Af­ter he nearly died while try­ing to evade a debt col­lec­tor, his fam­ily staged an in­ter­ven­tion and put him in re­hab. Now he runs an il­le­gal poker game, but re­sists the urge to play.

When his il­le­gal game is shut down, Tate is forced to take work as an in­tern for his aunt, who is run­ning for state at­tor­ney gen­eral. Her op­po­nent, Con­ner Wolf, is the fa­ther of the girl who taught Tate how to play poker. Wolf also might be con­nected to the mob, and Tate wants to prove it. He starts play­ing a new and very dan­ger­ous game, one that could have a huge pay­off or could cost him ev­ery­thing.

Shoot the Moon is an ex­cit­ing story with a com­plex, tightly wo­ven plot. It has a lit­tle bit of ev­ery­thing: ro­mance, fam­ily drama, po­lit­i­cal in­trigue, and a thrilling mys­tery.

The book delves into the psy­chol­ogy of poker play­ers and the prob­a­bil­i­ties of dif­fer­ent hands. Even those with no frame of ref­er­ence for the game will come away un­der­stand­ing why it holds so much ap­peal.

Shoot the Moon is com­plex, in­tel­li­gent, and quick-mov­ing. It thought­fully ex­am­ines ad­dic­tion, and the dif­fi­cult task of over­com­ing it, through its com­pli­cated but ap­peal­ing teenage leads.

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