Date Published: January 30th 2018
Genre: YA Contemporary Romance
My Rating: 3.5/4 out of 5 bubbles
Goodreads Description: 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.
I mentioned in my update and haul that I bought both of Laurie Devores’ books because I loved the covers so much which is true. Fun fact: I originally only bought How to Break a Boy because it was paperback and much cheaper than Winner Take All. The next day I was back at Barnes and Noble “studying.” While procrastinating I decided to just sit down and start reading Winner Take All I ended up reading almost 100 pages and knew I had to buy it. If you couldn’t tell I have been in a HUGE reading slump! For the lack of a better term, I just wanted a “trashy” YA romance novel. I wanted one of those guilty pleasure drama novels, which is exactly what Winner Take All was for me. Was it my favorite book of the year? No, but I never thought it was going to be, I read it purely for entertainment. I would overall recommend if you are into romance dramas.
*** SPOILER REVIEW****
Like I said above I just wanted a drama-filled romance book which is exactly what I got but damn PLOT TWIST! The entire affair I did not see coming and I also what was with the pregnancy thing? I felt like that was not necessary and just cliche. One thing that did make me happy was Lia and Nell became friends again near the end even if they weren’t as close as before they were still friends. One of my biggest pet peeves in books is when friendships are lost. Of course, this was after Nell grew and admitted her mistakes to try to be a better friend. Overall enjoyed this read just for fun.