Thursday, May 18, 2017

Windfall by Jennifer E. Smith - Book Review

Genre: Contemporary, Y/A

My Rating: ★★★

Synopsis: 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.

My Thoughts: It's hard to describe my feelings for this book. I really enjoyed my time reading it. It was a quick, fun read and the writing style was lovely. I also really enjoyed each of the characters: Alice, Teddy, and Leo. Even though this novel was only told from Alice's point-of-view, I felt like all three of their voices were clearly heard. However, my favorite thing about Windfall has to be how realistic and relatable each character's situations were. These characters are 18 years old and about to graduate from high school. They have what I consider to be one of the hardest decisions of their lives ahead of them in determining where they want to take their lives, and I felt like every issue and decision they had was handled very truly.

However, I really didn't believe the "love story" introduced in this book. I thought Alice and Teddy were excellent friends, but I never felt any chemistry between them. If this book were to ever get a sequel, I honestly don't see their relationship lasting. I kind of felt like Alice had been pining over Teddy for year and Teddy just decided to settle for his best friend. I consider them to be high school puppy love (not to say that high school relationships don't last - I'm currently in a 11 year relationship with my high school boyfriend). This didn't kill the book for me though. I still think the positive's outweigh the negatives. I would recommend this to anyone who loves summer, contemporary books or anyone that is looking for a quick read.

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FTC Disclaimer: "I received this book from Blogging for Books for this review."

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