Monday, 19 June 2017

Book Review: Windfall by Jennifer E. Smith


Title: Windfall
Author: Jennifer E. Smith
Author Info: Website|Facebook|Twitter
Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary, Romance
Source: NetGalley
Publisher: Pan Macmillan
Publication Date: 4th May 2017
Rating: 4 stars

Tell Me About It
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.
My Thoughts
We all dream of winning big in the lottery, we make plans of how we would spend our imaginary winnings.....paying off debts, sharing with family, going on holiday, leaving work. But what we don't think about it what comes with that win....fame, money grabbers, unwanted attention, and then there's the question of how would it change us as a person, would we be changed or do you think this huge change to our life wouldn't change us one bit.

When I found out Jennifer E. Smith was writing another book I couldn't wait to get hold of it. I've really enjoyed her previous books and knew that Windfall was a must read. One thing that quickly caught my attention was the friendship between Teddy, Alice, and Leo. I liked seeing how close they were, always looking out for each other and being a shoulder to cry on. When Alice buys the lottery ticket she has no idea how all of thier lives will be changed.

I loved the idea behind the plot and was interested in seeing how it would all play out. There were several moments where I wanted to smack Alice for being so stubborn, and Teddy for being so naive. As a reader it was easy to see how this would all play out, seeing the cracks in the friendship begin to grow, and it did make me sad at how much this win could change people. But there were some really good parts to the win, the RAK, the future, and most importantly the last few chapters.

The characters were easy to like (when they weren't being stubborn) and I did enjoy seeing where this all went. The story itself really does make you think of how YOU would change if you were in this situation but also gets you thinking of how much good you could do.

Final Verdict
Although Windfall didn't blow me away, I really enjoyed the story. The odds of winning this much money are high, but it also leaves you thinking of that slight possibility.


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