02 May 2017

Review: Windfall

by Jennifer E. Smith

Publisher: Delacorte Press
Publication Date: May 2, 2017

WINDFALL by Jennifer E. Smith is a story about luck and the rearranging of one’s life after a “windfall.” When Alice buys her best friend and first love, Teddy McAvoy, a lottery ticket when he turns eighteen, she has no idea of the repercussions that will follow. When Teddy wins big, Alice is wary of the choices he will make now that he has more money than he could ever have imagined.

This novel is essentially about acceptance. Alice is trying to accept herself after both of her parents have died, and trying to accept her friends into her life rather than keeping them at a distance. I enjoyed this book because of the struggle Alice has with herself and those around her, attempting to heal a wound that seems impossible to mend. Despite the premise, the story is quite upbeat and fun. Throughout the book, there isn’t really an antagonist: each character has ups and downs and they sometimes take it out on those around them, but it's clear they all love each other. I especially enjoyed the ending, which was satisfying and gave closure to the story. This is a good book to read if you're looking for a light-hearted, romantic story.

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