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Windfall

Windfall
Jennifer E. Smith
Delacorte Press, 2017
Source: E-Galley, My Own Bookshelf
Audience: All Teens

From Goodreads:
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.


I love Jennifer E. Smith’s books and I was super excited to see Windfall arrive for me in my Uppercase box. I enjoyed reading it, but the continuity of the plot was a little choppy. It felt like the book could have ended several times before it actually did. The storyline was pretty predictable, but I didn’t care because it was fun to read - mostly because the characters themselves were interesting, and I enjoyed the side-romance of Leo and Max. However, I wasn’t a fan of the main character’s romance. Alice loved Teddy, but Teddy was not interested, apparently. So along came Sawyer - who I really liked and was rooting for. Love triangle! It resolved itself, but I wasn’t happy with the person that Alice picked at all. Sigh. Oh well. I haven’t read a teen romance in a while and this was just what I needed!

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