Windfall by Jennifer E. Smith
Publication Date: May 2, 2017 by Delacorte Press
Genre: Young Adult Contemporary
[Special thanks to the publisher for the review copy and to Kuya JM of Book Freak Revelations for letting me join the blog tour!]
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.
Windfall is a thrilling story with shots of swoon.
I loved the pacing, especially at the early parts of the book. The way Alice chose the numbers for the lottery ticket, how she and Teddy found the ticket, and what they did to keep the ticket safe.
It was all excitement and cuteness at the beginning, but Alice was hiding something and it held her back from being truly happy. Good thing she has her cousin Leo by her side. HE’S REALLY ONE OF THE BEST CHARACTERS IN YA LIT EVER. His lines are on point and he finds humor in every situation. I need someone like him in my life.
I hated Teddy. I was so annoyed at him. But I couldn’t blame him, because the weight of the situation he’s in can be really life-changing. My feelings are just my feelings, and I guess I just wanted something else to happen.
I thought the book was going to end differently, but it didn’t. I was just expecting that because of how things turned out, Alice would have a change of heart.
She did, with one thing. She didn’t with the other.
But even if I expected a different ending, I still loved the book. Windfall did not only focus on the romance, because relationships in families played major roles in the development of the story. Scenes with Alice’s family were very heartwarming.
I liked a lot of things in Windfall, but the best part was when Alice finally listened to her heart. It takes a lot of courage to admit to yourself what you’ve been doing wrong and why you’ve been holding yourself back from things and people that make your heart smile.
Windfall is a sweet tale of falling in love, getting your heart broken, and finding happiness in who you truly are.
Initial Rating: 4.5/5
Final Rating: 4.5/5