at last… Review & Giveaway: Windfall by Jennifer E. Smith

June 8, 2018 Book Review, Giveaway, Young Adult 12 ★★★½

at last… Review & Giveaway: Windfall by Jennifer E. Smith

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

WindfallWindfall by Jennifer E. Smith
Published by Delacorte Press on May 2nd 2017
Genres: Contemporary Fiction, Young Adult
Format: ARC
Source: Publisher at ALA Midwinter
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Let luck find you.

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.

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I’ve always dreamed about winning the lottery, as I’m sure many have. Adult life with all the responsibilities and often financial woes can be a lot sometimes and wouldn’t erasing the money issues alleviate some of that? Definitely, though I’m sure new problems arise too. I’ve read a couple lottery winning YA novels recently and they always make me dream and wish about all the things I would do with the money. Lucky in Love by Kasie West stands out but unlike that story, Windfall is one where the main character isn’t the winner herself (though she bought the ticket) but the best friend of a winner, a friend she has been in love with for a long time.

 

Alice, her cousin Leo, and Teddy have been the best of friends since she moved in with Leo’s family years ago after her parents both died. They each have some things going on in their life they are trying to work through. Alice is putting a lot of pressure on herself to live up to the standards of what she thinks her parents would want from her. Teddy was living in a small apartment with his mother after his father left and gambled away all of their savings. Leo is stressed out about his college future, choosing his dream school or choosing to be near his boyfriend. For Teddy’s 18th birthday, Alice buys him a lottery ticket and stuffs it in a card finally revealing how she feels for him. But she chickens out last minute after he removes the ticket and the card falls and disappears under the refrigerator. What they never expected was for the ticket to be a winner!

 

I enjoyed these characters and how flawed and imperfect they were. Teddy was a little impulsive but had a good heart. Alice is more quiet and unsure. Leo is sweet and funny. I love when a book showcases great friendships and that’s what you find here. They are very supportive and forgiving of each other. Money can cause rifts in relationships. Teddy offers to split the winnings with Alice but she refuses. She has her reasons and it is hard for Teddy to understand and see the changes already occurring in their group. He goes on a crazy spending spree and appears a little reckless and she isn’t a fan of that but I totally got it. He’s only 18 and has to suddenly grow up really fast and make huge decisions. And with having lived without much for so long so of course he wants to spend a bit. I’d probably do the same thing, to be honest. But he also seems to lose focus on what he wants for his future and that scares Alice the most. Their potential romance suddenly seems like an impossibility. The money solves many of Teddy’s problems yet catapulted him into a whole set of new ones. Who can you trust? Who is really your friend because of you or because of the money? But these three are the real deal. When it all comes down to it, they love and respect each other. Everything really came together for each character in a way I adored and ended perfectly.

 

This story is very moving in ways I didn’t expect. It’s been quite awhile since I’ve read anything by this author but it reminded me why I’ve pick up her books in the first place so I definitely need to go back and read a few of the ones I’ve missed along the way.

 

 

 

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About Jennifer E. Smith

Jennifer E. Smith is the author of eight books for young adults, including WINDFALL and THE STATISTICAL PROBABILITY OF LOVE AT FIRST SIGHT. She earned her master’s degree in creative writing from the University of St. Andrews in Scotland, and her writing has been translated into 33 languages.

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12 Responses to “at last… Review & Giveaway: Windfall by Jennifer E. Smith”

  1. Sam@WLABB

    First, we discuss my vote – Zenn Diagram. I am always putting this book on some list, because I really, really enjoyed it.

    Now, the book. I absolutely adore JES, but this was not my favorite. Like you, I gave it 3.5 stars. It was enjoyable, but heavier than her older stuff. However, it had these wonderful moments, and the ending was fabulous.

  2. John Smith

    This sounds fascinating! I love lotteries, wealth, and savage psychology!

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