July 18, 2017

#BookReview: Windfall by @JenESmith @DelacortePress #Giveaway

 
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.
 





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 jenniferesmith.com.


So the good. I really loved that they give you the definition of what a windfall is at the beginning of this book. Because I didn't know. So a Windfall is a massive stroke of luck usually involving a large sum of money. 

What else did I like? I liked the idea that two kids from not so great life's win the lottery. That was great. 

What I didn't like is when the MC Alice spends most of a book mooning over a boy who pretty much doesn't know she exists. I mean ya they are friends. But when it comes to Teddy figuring out that Alice likes him. He is pretty clueless. And I say blind as a bat! I mean how in the world couldn't you realize it man. 

This one just didn't work for me. It had a LOT of inner dialogue which made the story seem like all Alice does is moon over this boy. I felt like most of the time I was wondering why she just didn't tell him. I mean I'm all for forbidden, crossed, and all this love but there comes a time when you just have to go for it. 

I'm really kinda sad that I didn't fall in love with this one since I have a signed copy thanks to Uppercase. But it's just not for me.












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