Book Review – Windfall by Jennifer E Smith

windfallAlice 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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gold_star-svggold_star-svggold_star-svg  3.5/5 Stars

A very enjoyable contemporary YA read! It’s a feel good story with good morals 🙂 I liked the characterisations, and how they grow through the book. A high 3.5 stars from me.

My only quibble was really about Teddy – we see his character through Alice’s eyes, and even though she’s in love with him, he doesn’t come across as a great person. So when he “starts” to change it’s hard to tell what’s him and what’s her perception of him – making it harder to believe in her crush.

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