Windfall / Jennifer E. Smith / Delacorte Press / 2017 / ISBN 9781509831708 / 416 Pages / Young Adult
Book Blurb –
Alice doesn’t believe in luck, at least not the good kind. She believes in love.
Alice has been in love with her best friend, Teddy, for the last three years. On his eighteenth birthday, she buys him a lottery ticket, and to their astonishment he wins the jackpot. The two of them are suddenly thrown together with the world at their feet. And when Teddy finally decides how to spend his money, who better to go on that adventure with him than Alice?
But money can’t buy you love, and Alice and Teddy are about to find out more about themselves and each other than they could have imagined.
My Thoughts –
This isn’t the first Jennifer E. Smith book I have read, and I wish I had read more of her brilliant work, because that is exactly what her work is, brilliant. However, it’s hard to find all her work around here, so when I found this one of the bookshop shelves I grabbed it and didn’t look back. I love her simple teenage love stories.
Windfall follows the story of Alice, your typical crushed out teenage girl, who has gone through more lose than anyone her age should ever have to deal with. Alongside her cousin Leo and best friend Teddy, Alice is trying to juggle graduating, apply to colleges and living up to her parents volunteering standards. For Teddy’s 18th birthday, Alice buys him a lottery ticket. And he wins. Then the rollercoaster starts. From road trips, missing parents turning up, new friends, new attitudes and new-found freedoms, Alice, Teddy and Leo lives are all changed to one simple lottery ticket.
“But then he inches a little closer and it feels like something is short-circuiting inside of me. I want so badly for him to kiss me, but I’m terrified of what will happen if he does. I’m scared everything will change, and scared that it won’t, scared that when the lights turn come on tomorrow morning we won’t be able to look at each other, scared that it will be a huge mistake and it might ruin nine whole years of friendship” page 36.
Jennifer E. Smith can turn simple teenage romance stories in to emotional epic love stories that will make you feel things, a lot of things. The story is about so much, it explores so much, it deals with so much. There is a lot that happens in this book, and yet I was so upset when it finished because I didn’t want it to finish at all.
I loved every single character in this book and all their eccentricities. Except for maybe one or two minor characters of course, but you will know who they are when you read the story. It is an easy read, with great flowing dialogues which is so realistic, and an impressive set of friends who truly look out for each other. I could have read this book in a day if I wanted to, but if you read it that fast, you are going to run out to soon.
If you are looking for a simply chaotic friendship, love story about money, poverty and grief, then this book is for you.
I give this book 4.5 out of 5 Booky Stars!
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