Windfall - A Blessing or a Curse? - Review


I've always been fascinated by the concept of winning the lottery. I've read about the differences in picking the big payout versus the payout over time (if I won a big jackpot, I'd totally pick over time because HELLO I'd be tempted to buy a library if I got the big payout). I've read about how people come out from the woodwork when you win and how people feel a sense of entitlement to your fortune. Windfall explores several of these concepts, especially as two of the main characters play a role in winning. 

Alice, Leo, and Teddy are bffs trying to navigate the end of adolescence. I love stories set as teens are transitioning into adulthood. It's a tough time to work through and these characters are no exception. Alice has lost her family and is living with Leo (her cousin) and his family. Teddy and his mom are barely surviving after his father exited the family due to a gambling addiction. Leo is the friend with the amazing parents and amazing life - yet he is not sure how he fits with his besties who haven't had it easy. I loved Leo. He really gets it and he's just a sweetheart. 

Oh, did I mention that Alice is pining for Teddy? We know money complicates even the best of relationships at times. 

Jennifer Smith has created a complex cast of characters and dropped them into a once in a lifetime (or once in a few lifetimes!) world that none of them are prepared for. They’re teenagers! Watching them stumble through will have you yelling at your book. You want to protect them and you know this journey is their’s to walk through. Windfall reminds us that being 18 doesn’t mean you’re ready to grow up!


Christy



WINDFALL 
by Jennifer E. Smith
Published: May 2nd 2017
Publisher: Delacorte
Source: Publisher (picked up my finished copy earlier this week, though!)

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.

3 comments:

  1. Great review! I'm so excited to read this one. I love her books.

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  2. I am soooooo excited for this book! I love Jennifer E. Smith and the cover is STUNNING and quite a departure from her previous covers!

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