Windfall by Jennifer E. Smith

Windfall

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, everythi...

Title:Windfall
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ISBN:039955937X
Edition Language:English
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:418 pages

Windfall Reviews

  • Trina (Between Chapters)
    May 22, 2017

    Interesting premise, some relateable moments, but it just didn't live up to my expectation of it, which tends to be how all of Jennifer E. Smith's books are for me. I also wasn't a fan of the main romance in this book. I LOVED the family dynamics in this book though.

    I did listen to the audiobook, and while the narrator did a pretty good job, her male voices were awful and all sounded the same, so my enjoyment of the story may have been influenced by that.

    Overall, I think this is a great premise

    Interesting premise, some relateable moments, but it just didn't live up to my expectation of it, which tends to be how all of Jennifer E. Smith's books are for me. I also wasn't a fan of the main romance in this book. I LOVED the family dynamics in this book though.

    I did listen to the audiobook, and while the narrator did a pretty good job, her male voices were awful and all sounded the same, so my enjoyment of the story may have been influenced by that.

    Overall, I think this is a great premise and I don't have anything against it but it came off a bit bland for me.

  • Kaylin
    Apr 10, 2017

    Alice is in love with Teddy, her best-friend of nine years. She buys him a lottery ticket for his 18th birthday and they win millions.

    That’s the premise of this book, and based off that brief description, you probably have an idea where the story is headed. And you’re probably right. No surprises here, really.

    I received an ARC of this through Netgalley in exchange for an honest review, thanks to Delacorte Press for the opportunity!

    The teenagers feel like teenagers. T

    Alice is in love with Teddy, her best-friend of nine years. She buys him a lottery ticket for his 18th birthday and they win millions.

    That’s the premise of this book, and based off that brief description, you probably have an idea where the story is headed. And you’re probably right. No surprises here, really.

    I received an ARC of this through Netgalley in exchange for an honest review, thanks to Delacorte Press for the opportunity!

    The teenagers feel like teenagers. There are discussions about growing up and the real world that blended seamlessly with Alice’s narrative voice. It was relatable and felt

    This is all very... aware? I'm not sure how to phrase what I mean. This was my first book by

    , and I've heard her books are fairly light. Completely wasn't expecting the characters to get called out on their behavior, or the MC to be explicitly aware of her relationships. Everyone is flawed, and these flaws are

    Relationships have problems and the characters

    A surprisingly strong focus on family that I really enjoyed. Especially since it's a more unconventional family.

    I

    the end. The last page itself was fantastic. Completely wrapped up the story without showing too much.

    ends with a bang.

    It’s all just so

    As soon as Alice buys the ticket, you know it’s going to win. (Even if the blurb didn't give it away) As soon as Teddy wins you know he’s going to let it go to his head. Then it will continue like every other feel-good book.

    And winning the lottery should never be boring. It took almost 20% of the book for them to even realize they'd won, then spent another large chunk talking about it. We were a third of the way through the book before the money actually entered the picture.

    Alice has a brief romance with a random side-character. He wasn’t particularly well-developed, and it’s clear he's her Teddy-stand in. This whole dynamic was boring and cliché to me.

    Leo’s whole character really felt like a cliché itself-- token gay best friend who loves art. I mean, I definitely want more LGBT representation, so it feels weird to complain about this, but it was so painfully obvious he was only there to further Alice’s story.

    For instance, there are many references to Leo’s boyfriend, Max. But their relationship is never really fleshed out, we are just constantly told how “perfect” Max is.

    I get Alice is a sweet and nice and kind person and all that jazz. I don’t need to see her volunteering some place new every other chapter to comprehend that. There were several aspects of her character I liked, but she was too-much of a goody-two-shoes. Who seriously turns down millions of dollars without

    ? No one’s that ‘nice.’

    As strange as this sounds, I will definitely be checking out more of Smith’s books. The writing was

    the plot was just boring.

  • Maddie (Heart Full Of Books)
    Apr 12, 2017

    Actual rating: 2.5 stars.

    When you write about someone winning the lottery, there are certain places that your mind goes. The winner spends frivolously on a yacht and a robot butler, runs into trouble with credit card companies, and after losing a significant chunk of cash, realises that they should channel their inner Ellen and pay it forward to the deserving public.

    That's pretty much what happens to Teddy. 'Windfall' does nothing new with the plot of rags to riches. More dramatic things could

    Actual rating: 2.5 stars.

    When you write about someone winning the lottery, there are certain places that your mind goes. The winner spends frivolously on a yacht and a robot butler, runs into trouble with credit card companies, and after losing a significant chunk of cash, realises that they should channel their inner Ellen and pay it forward to the deserving public.

    That's pretty much what happens to Teddy. 'Windfall' does nothing new with the plot of rags to riches. More dramatic things could have happened in regards to his big spends, but in the end, it works out fine for him. He's got tons of cash. The end.

    I guess what makes this story different, but also infinitely more banal, is the main character, Alice. She's the one who buys the ticket and gives it to Teddy, and also happens to be in love with him. Alice is the perfect girl, with a good work ethic, always giving her free time to her local soup kitchen or junior reading program and acting as Teddy's conscience once a giant check falls into his hands. The only thing that gives Alice's character any grit is the fact that she's an orphan, being raised by her loving aunt and uncle. But goodie-two-shoes characters are never fun to read about. They can come across as judgemental and have a superiority complex because they're just SO selfless. This was Alice to a T.

    The romance between Teddy and Alice is bland. Alice loves Teddy, but Teddy doesn't know it, and he's always trying to give her half the winnings but she won't take it (??? not even going to get into how ridiculous her reasoning is) Teddy, really, is a bit of a jerk. He only gives money away because he feels he has to, not because he genuinely wants to. Maybe that's the word for both the characters: neither of them felt genuine.

    Best character was definitely Leo, but he was just The Gay Best Cousin™ so pushed to the sidelines whenever Teddy and Alice were hanging out. Also, Sawyer, who was introduced as a second love interest and felt like a much better match for Alice and I'm salty about how she treated him.

    Overall, I thought this story could have been pushed a LOT more. The ending was sweet, and the character relationships were interesting, it's just the characters themselves that fell flat. This is a story that relies so heavily on dialogue, and when it's the same repetitive conversation of 'take the money', 'I don't want the money', 'Fine, I'll spend it how I like', 'No, you can't! Be good with the money.', 'Okay then, take the money.', 'I don't want the money'...I just lost interest.

  • Chelsea Humphrey
    May 31, 2017

    I'm feeling rather mid range on this one, but it sure does have a great cover. This was a cute story that I felt I'd read many times before. Full review to come.

  • Cait • A Page with a View
    May 14, 2017

    This reminded me a LOT of Lucky in Love by Kasie West, which only served to highlight all of the areas that really didn't work for me here. This was definitely not the cute, happy read I was looking for...

    The basic plot is that Alice is an orphan who spends her free time volunteering at the soup kitchen and a junior reading program. Her best friend Teddy lives in a one bedroom apartment (and there's an emphasis on how

    he is). Alice has been in love with him for years, so she buys him a lott

    This reminded me a LOT of Lucky in Love by Kasie West, which only served to highlight all of the areas that really didn't work for me here. This was definitely not the cute, happy read I was looking for...

    The basic plot is that Alice is an orphan who spends her free time volunteering at the soup kitchen and a junior reading program. Her best friend Teddy lives in a one bedroom apartment (and there's an emphasis on how

    he is). Alice has been in love with him for years, so she buys him a lottery ticket for his birthday. He wins... after like 20% of the book has droned on. Alice doesn't want the money and Teddy spends forever trying to convince her to take it. Then he spends all of his money on frivolous things (which annoyed me to no extent) and turns into a total idiot who strings Alice along.

    The entire thing was incredibly predictable and really did nothing new. There was even the token gay best friend who's all artsy. It basically followed the same format as Lucky in Love (even down to the problems with college applications). The writing was fine! However, I was just irritated with the whole story and didn't particularly like either character... or at least I didn't care what they did as long as the story ended asap.

    Thank you to the publisher for sending me a finished copy.

  • Shelby *trains flying monkeys*
    May 08, 2017

    3.5 stars

    I'm sure most of us have asked ourselves that question. Spent those millions in our heads as we went to sleep dreaming of hitting it big-time. (If I wasn't so cheap that I never buy tickets..that's beside the point.)

    This story is about that big win really happening. To an eighteen year old boy. It's Teddy's birthday and his closest friends Leo and Alice are headed to his birthday party. Alice has been in secret love with Teddy for awhile now...so she buys a card and writes down how she

    3.5 stars

    I'm sure most of us have asked ourselves that question. Spent those millions in our heads as we went to sleep dreaming of hitting it big-time. (If I wasn't so cheap that I never buy tickets..that's beside the point.)

    This story is about that big win really happening. To an eighteen year old boy. It's Teddy's birthday and his closest friends Leo and Alice are headed to his birthday party. Alice has been in secret love with Teddy for awhile now...so she buys a card and writes down how she feels. She feels that she needs something to go with it and buys a lottery ticket. Once at the party Teddy opens that card and presently loses it under his fridge. Yep, Teddy is pretty clueless.

    Fast forward to the next morning. They realize that ticket was a winning ticket.

    One hundred and forty million plus dollars.

    Teddy and Alice both have had some hard knocks in life..so you totally are on board with something good happening to these characters.

    But then money does change people, no matter how they think it will not.

    This was a really cute book. The characters were all like-able..almost to the point where it was over the top.

    I mean..dang they are kids. OF course Teddy was going to act a fool with that much money. I'm a whole lot older than he is and I would act a fool. Books for everyone! And Sephora would totally be bought and put in my basement.

    I hate when youngun's try to be more mature than I am. That cost this book a star.

  • Brittney ~ Her Bookish Things
    May 08, 2017

    2.5 stars

    Part of this is a 'it's you, not me' thing, because the writing was lovely. The author clearly put her heart and soul into this book. Some of the conversations and inner monologue is breathtakingly heart-achingly beautiful.

    A certain type of reader will probably hug this book to pieces and cry over it. For me, I'm not exactly a contemporary reader, and this book kinda reminded me why. I have a really hard time dealing with modern day issues because my own life has so many right now - so

    2.5 stars

    Part of this is a 'it's you, not me' thing, because the writing was lovely. The author clearly put her heart and soul into this book. Some of the conversations and inner monologue is breathtakingly heart-achingly beautiful.

    A certain type of reader will probably hug this book to pieces and cry over it. For me, I'm not exactly a contemporary reader, and this book kinda reminded me why. I have a really hard time dealing with modern day issues because my own life has so many right now - so it's just one of those things. For some reason, I was thinking this was more of a light hearted book, but it really wasn't. It deals with loss, death, some aspects of poverty, and the romance part of it was just really sad IMO. I mean, the ending was cute and all, but I just feel kinda sad and depressed?

    I'm not going to retype the synopsis or even summarize it aside from saying it's about a girl who is a 'do-gooder' and her best friend Teddy (whom she's in love with) wins the lottery and basically changes into a total jerk face (even if he realizes it eventually).

    65% of the plot is basically us seeing the MC get her hopes up only to be shoved off and brushed over time and time again by Teddy. We watch him make a million dumb asshole mistakes before he finally comes around. SO much of me was raging at how selfish someone could be with the money aspect and the relationship aspects. It literally hurt to read.

    There were definitely some pacing issues too. I read the book really fast because I did feel emotionally invested at some points, but over all, not a ton happened to be honest. It's very much about the inner struggle vs. big events happening.

    Trigger warning for anyone who has a hard time diving into the aftermath of painful deaths/etc.

    It did have a great ending, but all in all, I just feel kinda empty after having read it. I'm glad the characters make some amazing discoveries and decisions, but blah. It just isn't the type of story that works well for me.

    I still recommend it to those who love contemporaries who make you think about life/etc.

    Thank you to the publisher & blogging for books for giving me a copy of this book to review!

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  • Heather 'Bookables'
    Jun 16, 2017

    I was pleasantly surprised by this book! I haven't loved Jennifer E. Smith's books in the past a ton so I was weary going into this but ended up enjoying it!

    I will reviewing this book in a mashup review video coming next week so be on the lookout for that for more of my thoughts!

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