Double or Nothing

Double or Nothing Kip is a typical teenager trying to catch the Buzz It is not drugs or alcohol that are going to get him there but the pure adrenaline rush that hits when you are playing for high stakes the risks t

  • Title: Double or Nothing
  • Author: Dennis Foon
  • ISBN: 9781550376265
  • Page: 416
  • Format: Paperback
  • Kip is a typical teenager, trying to catch the Buzz It is not drugs or alcohol that are going to get him there, but the pure adrenaline rush that hits when you are playing for high stakes the risks, the thrill throw in some money and the fun really begins.Double or Nothing follows Kip s ride as he gets and involved in high stakes gambling Although he is a goKip is a typical teenager, trying to catch the Buzz It is not drugs or alcohol that are going to get him there, but the pure adrenaline rush that hits when you are playing for high stakes the risks, the thrill throw in some money and the fun really begins.Double or Nothing follows Kip s ride as he gets and involved in high stakes gambling Although he is a good kid, does well in school and works at his uncle s restaurant to save for college, his rush comes from betting What begins as ten dollar wagers with his buddy quickly escalates Kip constantly makes bets with himself what wine will his next customer order Will it be a glass or a bottle He has the attitude, knows the odds and has done his research The thrill comes only when money is laid down To increase the thrill just raise the stakes If smell is the strongest sense, imagine the smell of victory, the smell of money Who could resist When Kip meets the enticing and wonderful Joey, things couldn t be better She is unlike any girl he has known They begin hanging out and then Kip meets Joey s father, King Hewitt, Master Illusionist Nothing could be cooler A magician plays the margins like no other Unfortunately, King turns out to be a compulsive gambler, and takes his young charge to places he has never been before the races to bet on horses and casinos to play the slots After winning their first big race on a tip, Kip thinks King is a genius Despite the spectacle of King losing fifty bucks in less than four minutes on the slots, Kip only becomes hooked Can he really feel the energy emanating from the machine Kip starts skipping school, missing work, diving into his college fund The buzz is still increasing, but so are his debts He knows he needs just one big win to get it all back Then King hits a losing streak and disappears Joey s home is crashing down around her and the repo men are turning up Can Kip keep lying to her and his mom Can he beat the odds and turn things around before he hits bottom

    One thought on “Double or Nothing”

    1. LOSE IT OR GAIN IT Double or Nothing is a complicated book. Kip is your average high school teenager, he does his homework and get good grades, works at his uncle's restaurant. He only does these things because his mom can't afford to send him to college, he only does this to hope that get can save money and get a scholarship. But he has a gambling problem. Kip makes bets that he knows he will win, he challenges his friends because he knows they are gullible. Kip believes that alcoholism is an a [...]

    2. In the book, “Double Or Nothing”, by Dennis Foon, the story is about a teenage boy who lives a normal life and is about to attend college next year. The boy; Kip is very outgoing, curious, and willing to try new things in life. Kip likes to live his life with a bit of excitement and kinda a dare so one day he tests his luck by gambling. Kip and his friends would do little bets on things you know like most teenagers would do, but nothing with serious cash or anything. Kip was really good and [...]

    3. Book Review I really liked this book because of how it shows the obsession that Kip (the main character) has. That same boy soon meets someone he really likes and starts to date her. It was all good until he met her father. Her father has an amazing talent that he didn't know his girlfriend also had. He soon discovers that her father has the same obsession as him. They soon start hanging out and the girls father really gets him in trouble. He gets him in so much trouble no one, not even her mom [...]

    4. i read the book double or nothing written by Dennis Foon. this book is about a kid named Kip who even through his grade school years has always found a way to play the odds. he is absolutely obsessed about gambling he and his friends bet on everything and anything they could find. they start off with small bets like if and when the teacher will burp. or if the next person to walk through that door will be a girl. then one day Bongo ,kips fried drags him to movies. while there kip meets joey who [...]

    5. “Double or Nothing”In this book the protagonist is a young Kip gambling addict and a mother with depressive tendencies which lead it has become much more independent than their age. Such is his addiction to bet everything you can and not well. This treatment causes problems with the wrong people debts.One day he meets a girl he believes the woman of his life but finds he has more in common with the father of the girl herself. The father is an old magician who travels from town to town perfor [...]

    6. This book is about a young boy named Kip. Kip began as an innocent boy who simply had the gift of easily persuading people. His girlfriend's dad King introduced him to gambling and he quickly became addicted. Throwing away all of his college funds, behind his mother's back, Kip continues to dig himself into a deeper hole. This book, although fictitious, was very interesting and one that many people can find intriguing or one they can relate to. This book portrays the common effects of addiction [...]

    7. A few years ago I saw the stage version of this (Chasing The Money: A Play) and wanted to see how the book compared. I already knew Foon as an excellent playwright - I'm pleased to learn he writes great novels as well. This story is told in first-person, and among the action Foon shows Kip's downward spiral through changes in his thoughts and voice (rather than having the character constantly reflect on how he "used to be", which is an easy trap for writers to fall into). It's hard to watch Kip' [...]

    8. Intensely told from the first-person point of view of a teenager who turns into a compulsive gamblers. Reading it made me exceedingly glad that no one in my family fell into that trap, though Foon's first person perspective makes it seem both painfully easy and completely distructive.

    9. Kip has a major gambling problem, which comes off as an air of arrogance. After getting caught up with his girlfriend's dad, Kip might actually learn his lesson.

    10. Thought I would be able to recommend this to boys who like to gamble but I was disappointed. So I will looking for other books on gambling issues.

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