Book Review: Windfall by Jennifer E. Smith

March 15, 2017 Young Adult Book Reviews 1 ★★★★

Book Review: Windfall by Jennifer E. SmithTitle: Windfall by Jennifer E. Smith
Published by: Delacorte Press on May 2, 2017
Genres: Contemporary, Young Adult
Source: The Publisher
Format: ARC
Pages: 432
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four-stars

Alice doesn’t believe in luck—at least, not the good kind. But she does believe in love, and for some time now, she’s been pining for her best friend, Teddy. On his eighteenth birthday—just when it seems they might be on the brink of something—she buys him a lottery ticket on a lark. To their astonishment, he wins $140 million, and in an instant, everything changes.
At first, it seems like a dream come true, especially since the two of them are no strangers to misfortune. As a kid, Alice won the worst kind of lottery possible when her parents died just over a year apart from each other. And Teddy’s father abandoned his family not long after that, leaving them to grapple with his gambling debts. Through it all, Teddy and Alice have leaned on each other. But now, as they negotiate the ripple effects of Teddy’s newfound wealth, a gulf opens between them. And soon, the money starts to feel like more of a curse than a windfall.
As they try to find their way back to each other, Alice learns more about herself than she ever could have imagined . . . and about the unexpected ways in which luck and love sometimes intersect.

I received this book for free from The Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Also by this author: The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight, Hello, Goodbye, and Everything in Between

One Line: Definitely and engrossing read, one that I couldn’t put down.

In My Opinion: Add to cart!

It’s always nice to read a book by Smith and this one was no different. The premise was, but the way the story captures your attention and holds it tightly is all there. I really enjoyed this book.

The whole time I read this I kept thinking and dreaming about what it would be like to win the lottery. I’m sure we all have. It would definitely be a nice and life-changing experience. Smith took two characters who had some pretty bad things happen to them and give them a whopper of a win, how they both handle the situation is quite different and interesting to read about.

I definitely would’ve been more like Teddy, really just reveling in my luck and good fortune. I liked his progression throughout the story and what he eventually decides to do with his fortune. Alice kind of bugged me at times, but I understood where she was coming from and how things as massive as winning the lottery can change everything. Smith really makes you think and the book is pretty thought-provoking. There are a lot of fun and wistful moments though and the romance is there, so overall it’s a well-rounded book. I also really liked Sawyer and wish he had gotten what he wanted in the end, at least in some way.

Windfall is a fun read and one I would highly recommend, if for nothing more than the feeling of being in Teddy’s shoes and winning the lottery. I honestly couldn’t stop reading it and wanted to see how his fortuned changed not only his life but that of his friends and family. This is another winner from Smith and I can’t wait to see what she comes out with next.

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