Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Windfall by Jennifer E. Smith - ESSENTIAL

Smith, Jennifer E.  Windfall, 416 pgs.  Delacorte Press, 2017.  $18.99  Content: Language: PG (3 swears); Mature Content: PG; Violence: G.  

Alice decides to buy her best friend, Teddy, a lottery ticket for his eighteenth birthday.  Although Teddy and Al have been friends for nine years, in the last couple of years Al has been crushing on him.  When Teddy wins the lottery and becomes an instant multi-millionaire, Al wishes she would never have bought him the ticket because she doesn’t want him to change.  At the same time that Teddy is struggling to come to terms with this much money, Al is trying to decide where she wants to go to college.  Will there future be together or will the lottery ruin their friendship?  

At first I was worried that this book was going to be all about the downfall of lottery winners, but it developed into a great coming of age story.  I enjoyed the characters and I enjoyed contemplating what happens when someone wins the lottery.  I loved that it’s a clean romance but also explores other themes of friendship, wealth and family relations.  Good read and easy to recommend.  

MS, HS – ESSENTIAL.  Reviewer, C. Peterson.

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