Monday, May 8, 2017

Review - Windfall by Jennifer E. Smith @JenESmith @DelacortePress @BlogForBooks

Windfall by Jennifer E. Smith
Publisher: Delacorte Press
Publication Date: May 2, 2017
Date Read: May 7, 2017
Source: Blogging for Books
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 Review

I really enjoyed reading this fun story.  The first thing that really got my attention was the cover of this one.  Isn't it gorgeous?  After reading the description, I knew that this was a book that I would need to read.  I just love the premise.  I don't really play the lottery but anytime the jackpot is at an outrageous level, I do buy a single ticket.  I know that odds are that I will never win but from the moment I put the ticket in my pocket until the numbers are drawn, I can dream about it.  I have some pretty big dreams when it comes to lottery winnings.  Usually by the time I find out that I didn't win, I have thought of twenty different plans for handling the money.  While I read this book, I really thought about what would I have done if I had that kind of money as a teenager and it wasn't pretty.

Alice, Leo, and Teddy have been best friends for a long time.  Alice has been living with her cousin Leo and his family ever since her parents died.  Alice decides to get Teddy a lottery ticket for his 18th birthday just because he is now legally old enough to buy a ticket.  Teddy is having party in the small apartment he shared with his mother and the whole group celebrates his birthday.  The next morning when they hear the numbers that were drawn, they are in for a big surprise.

Alice lost both of her parents when she was only nine years old.  She tries to make them proud through her actions.  She volunteers at a variety of organizations and is very focused on getting into the college of her dreams.  Leo is trying to decide which college he really wants to go to along with figuring out his relationship with Max.  Teddy didn't really have a lot of plans before winning the lottery and he has a lot to figure out once he does.

I liked the characters in this story and thought that they felt realistic.  Teddy handled everything better than a lot of adults would have but he was impulsive enough that it felt genuine.  Alice was very reserved and not quite sure if she was making the right choices.  Leo was supportive of his friends but also having a hard time making some of the important decisions that need to be made at this stage in his life.

This story really hits on all of the highs and lows of coming into a sudden fortune.  There is also a small bit of romance to keep things interesting.  All three of the main characters learn a lot about themselves and each other over the course of the story.  They do open up about a lot of things that have been unsaid for a long time.

I would recommend this book to others.  It was a fun read that moved quickly.  This is only the second book by Jennifer E. Smith that I have read but I do enjoy her writing style.  I hope to read more of her work very soon.

I received a review copy of this book from Delacorte Press via Blogging for Books.
About the Author

Jennifer E. Smith is the author of seven novels for young adults, including The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight. She earned a master’s degree in creative writing from the University of St. Andrews in Scotland, and her work has been translated into thirty-three languages. She lives in New York City. Follow her on Twitter at @JenESmith or visit her at

Author Links: Website | Goodreads | Facebook | Twitter


  1. I agree the cover is stunning. I just picked this one up so I am excited to see you enjoyed it. Great review!

  2. The cover is gorgeous! I may go get this one it sounds so good. Great review!

  3. The cover of this one has been tempting me. It's gorgeous! I like the sound of the characters in this one and that Teddy still feels like a real teenager even though for the most part it sounds like he's making good decisions.

  4. I've heard so many great things about this book. I'm glad you enjoyed it! That cover really is gorgeous!

  5. I have never read this author before, but what in interesting premise! I can't imagine what I would have been like if I'd come into wealth so quickly at that age.

    I'm glad to see you enjoyed this one. Great review! :)

  6. It's always nice to have a fun story!

  7. I am very excited about this one :D I skimmed your review because I'm reading it soon but glad to see you enjoyed it!!

  8. Glad the inside matches the outside! I knew you were dying to read this, so yay!

  9. That is a premise that would really get one to thinking. It does sound good. And I do love the unique cover.

  10. The cover is definitely gorgeous! I'm glad to see you enjoyed this! Smith usually writes cute books and I'm glad the characters were realistic. Great review, Carole!

  11. I am a certified JES fangirl, and this was one of my anticipated reads. I hope to read it soon, because it sounds like it will give me that warm-fuzzy feeling that I love so much. Great review!
    Sam @ WLABB

  12. Oh man. That would be quite the thing wouldn't it? Yay for a fun read :)

  13. I'm not really a lottery person and never would even think about buying a ticket. Not because I think it's bad -- just because I'm not that kind of person. I can't imagine what I would even do with the money now except maybe cover my costs for uni :P


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