Windfall – Jennifer E. Smith

Windfall
Windfall by Jennifer E. Smith

My rating: 3.5 of 5 stars

Windfall is a contemporary novel about a girl who buys her best friend a lottery ticket for his birthday and against all odds – he wins. Alice, Teddy, and Leo are best friends but wonder if the lottery will come between them and change everything they’ve known for the past nine years.

I have never really paid attention to the lottery, but I know the kind of good or harm that it can do to a person’s life. It’s easy to imagine the pressure that coming into a large sum of money can put on a person, and how the allure of it can bring others circling. Of course, you would like to think that you would be responsible with the money, setting some aside as savings, giving some to family, donating some the charity, and spending a portion on yourself – but until it happens to you, how can you know?

Even though this book is a fictional tale about winning the lottery, it’s actually not the most important part of the story. There is more depth to the plot and development of the characters than I expected prior to reading the book. The plot is directed by the characters and how this sudden change in circumstances changes their lives. It was nice to see each character learn more about themselves, their strengths and weaknesses, and grow throughout the novel. It makes the book more relatable than it would have been had that depth not been present.

The friendship of the trio is authentic and their relationships with their parents are heartwarming. It was nice to see intelligent adults who support their children and have positive relationships with them. Not everything is perfect, but too often parents are portrayed as not involved or foolish and that negative depiction can be damaging.

This was an enjoyable contemporary with good character development. It was a super quick read and a great portrayal of how big changes can affect people’s lives. I would definitely recommend this book to young adult/teen readers and fans of character-driven narratives.

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5 thoughts on “Windfall – Jennifer E. Smith

  1. bookprincessreviews says:

    Ooooh, I was super interested in this one (um, that cover is so pleasing), and I’ve been seeing a lot of mixed reviews about it. It makes me feel a lot better that you enjoyed it and gave 4 stars. Definitely going to have to pick this one up. Wonderful review, Kyera! 🙂

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    • kyera says:

      Thanks! I totally judge books by their cover. I mean, if it’s super pretty and just draws your eye sometimes you just need to read it! (Btw, I just started reading One of Us is Lying.)

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      • bookprincessreviews says:

        YES. I used to be totally, like, eh, I don’t care about the cover, it’s about the content. But now, I literally get drawn in by the cover and usually have to hardcore talk myself out of buying pretty cover books without vetting if it’s good or not. But ahhhhhhhh, I’m so excited to see what you think of it!! :O

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