Author: Jennifer E. Smith
Publication date: May 2, 2017
Publisher: Delacorte Press
Source: ARC from the publisher (Thank you, Penguin Random House!)
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.
*Photo and synopsis from Goodreads
If you’re a regular reader of my blog, you know for sure that I have a fetish for YA contemporary novels. In this post, I’m sharing with you my thoughts on Jennifer E. Smith’s latest book, Windfall.
Written with a voice full of hope, Windfall is a heartfelt tale about love and how luck entirely changes people’s lives. Although it’s romance, this book also accentuated family, friendship, moving on, and choosing happiness, which I absolutely loved. The characters are authentic and very much relatable! They have well-crafted personalities that helped build a unique and diverse setting.
Having known each other since they were kids, Alice, Teddy, and Leo are a picture of true friendship. Readers would feel how deep their bond is as the three characters support one another in good times and in bad. They listen to what each has to say and offer great advice.
I liked how the romance took time to unfold, making Windfall a lovely slow dance that readers wouldn’t want to end. Alice and Teddy are so adorable! ❤
As always, Jennifer E. Smith’s writing is fluid, aesthetic, and soulful. Her stories have the right mix of sad, happy, and swoony feels, which is why it’s impossible not to fall in love with a Jennifer E. Smith book! 🙂
Undeniably charming and sweet, Windfall is an unputdownable novel that sparkles with the magic of true love.