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Review: You Bet Your Heart by Danielle Parker

Have you wondered what you’d sacrifice for love? What you’d sacrifice for your dreams to come true? Then you have to read You Bet Your Heart. Keep reading this book review for my full thoughts.


Sasha Johnson-Sun might not know everything—like how to fully heal after her dad’s passing or how many more Saturdays her mom can spend cleaning houses. But the one thing Sasha is certain of? She will graduate this year as Skyline High’s class valedictorian.

At least, she was sure before the principal calls Sasha and her cute, effortlessly gifted ex–best friend, Ezra Davis-Goldberg, into his office to deliver earth-shattering they’re tied for valedictorian and the scholarship attached…

This outcome can’t be left to chance. So, Sasha and Ezra agree on a best-of-three, winner-take-all academic bet. As they go head-to-head, they are forced not only to reexamine why they drifted apart but also to figure out who they’ve become since. With her future hanging in the balance, Sasha must honor her family’s sacrifices by winning (at all costs) or give her heart a shot at finding happiness?


(Disclaimer: I received this book from the publisher. This has not impacted my review which is unbiased and honest.)

TW: racism, microaggressions

You Bet Your Heart is one of those books that sweeps you away. You try to figure out what will happen. Because when you risk your heart, your future, the consequences can be disastrous. For Sasha she has to discover what her dreams, her love, and her friends, are worth to her. Is her future worth anything in her life? The grades, the ‘securities’, the possibilities. Throughout You Bet Your Heart, Sasha is confronted with both challenges to her future, and ghosts from her past.

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Not going to lie, for the longest time I could not get behind Ezra – and I’m not sure I’m his biggest fan – but in You Bet Your Heart it’s about Sasha. About her trying to figure out what she will sacrifice. There is some serious rivalry in this book along with some back stabbing and miscommunication. But if you love second chance stories and rivalry – this is for you! For those who need a reminder that without the people around us, our support systems, our friends, all we have is just numbers on a page. That a legacy without the people, the journey, rings hollow. Find You Bet Your Heart on Goodreads, Storygraph, Amazon,, & Blackwells.


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