Windfall

Windfall

eBook - 2017
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This romantic story of hope, chance, and change from the author of The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight is one Jenny Han says is filled with all of her "favorite things," Morgan Matson calls "something wonderful" and Stephanie Perkins says "is rich with the intensity of real love." 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. Praise for Windfall:Featured in Seventeen Magazine's "What's Hot Now""Windfall is about all of my favorite things—a girl's first big love, her first big loss, and—her first big luck." —Jenny Han, New York Times bestselling author of To All the Boys I've Loved Before "Windfall is perfectly named; reading it, I felt like I had suddenly found something wonderful. It's a story about love, and luck, and the way our lives can change in an instant. I laughed and cried and bought a lottery ticket the very next day." —Morgan Matson, New York Times bestselling author of The Unexpected Everything "Windfall is rich with the intensity of real love— in all its heartache and hope." —Stephanie Perkins, New York Times bestselling author of Isla and the Happily Ever After "If you're looking for your next great read, then you're in "luck!" Smith combines humor and emotion to capture these characters' life-changing story, while teaching us all a bit about luck, love, kindness and the true meaning of home." —Justine Magazine
Publisher: 2017.
ISBN: 9780399559389
Branch Call Number: eBook Overdrive
Characteristics: 1 downladable ebook

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twhitehead24
Mar 12, 2018

Another great book by Ms. Smith. When Alice buys a lottery ticket for her best friend, Teddy, it changes their lives in more than one way. Teddy never saw what Alice wrote in the card she gave him so he does not know how she really feels. When the ticket makes Teddy the youngest ever to win the lottery, their lives change in more than one way. Like all lottery winners, Teddy buys things he has only dreamed about, a car, extravagant dinners, gives money away, people call asking for money, his gambling dad returns, and things just do not go well. Teddy has ideas of what he wants to do with the rest of the money but with a little help from Alice, and a trip to Stanford, he finally figures it out. Can two best friends get back to normal or some sense of normal before it is too late?

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TEENREVIEWBOARD
Feb 05, 2018

Alice has always loved her best friend Teddy, but she’s sure he doesn’t feel the same way about her. But on Teddy’s 18th birthday, everything has changed. What started off as a joke escalated into much more when Alice bought him a winning lottery ticket, giving him more fame and wealth than he could ever have imagined. But winning the lottery is a double-edged sword and Teddy starts to question who he can trust. Will Alice be able to steer him back on track? I was excited about this concept but was quite disappointed with the outcome. I disliked Teddy and was annoyed that he was one of the main characters. Although it was probably a realistic depiction of how a young adult would react to winning the lottery, I couldn’t understand why he did the things he did. There was a lot of character development and life lessons, but in the end, the characters will heavily impact the reader’s experience-- for better or worse. Rating: 2.5/5
@Iron_Rose of the Hamilton Public Library Teen Review Board

I’ve lost my faith in contemporary books by new authors, since I’ve read so many that have failed. But “Windfall” was perfect. It was just what I wanted to read, about a trio of friends that break and bond after winning a lottery ticket. It’s not exactly exciting or different, but the relationships crafted out between every character made me feel warm, with their authenticity. You can tell the author has put her heart and soul into the phrases, that aren’t full of prose but have a deep meaning to them. The general style gave this book a star quality and the characters were all loveable and stay with you for a long time! Definitely recommend! 4/5
- @jewelreader of the Teen Review Board of the Hamilton Public Library

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