Author: Jennifer E. Smith
Publisher: Macmillan Children’s Books
UK Release Date: 4th May 2017
Genres: Contemporary, Young Adult, Romance
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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.
- Thank you to My Kinda Book for sending me a copy of Windfall in exchange for an honest review!
Jennifer E. Smith wrote some of the first YA I ever read, so naturally when I heard she had another book coming out, I knew I was going to want to read it. Although I think I enjoyed it slightly less than some of her others, as I’m more alive to clichés now than I was, it was still pretty good, and was quite a relaxing read (especially I was reading it at a more stressful time of year!).