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Alice has never believed in luck, but that doesn't stop her from rooting for love. After pining for her best friend Teddy for years, she jokingly gifts him a lottery ticket--attached to a note professing her love--on his birthday. Then, the unthinkable happens: he actually wins. At first, it seems like the luckiest thing on earth. But as Teddy gets swept up by his $140 million windfall and fame and fortune come between them, Alice is forced to consider whether her stroke of good fortune might have been anything but. She bought a winning lottery ticket. He collected the cash. Will they realize that true love's the real prize? 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."
--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 '" --Justine Magazine
- ISBN-13: 9780399559372
- ISBN-10: 039955937X
- Publisher: Delacorte Press
- Publish Date: May 2017
- Page Count: 432
- Reading Level: Ages 12-17
- Dimensions: 8.4 x 5.8 x 1.4 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds
All that glitters
Alice lost both parents when she was 9 years old. She was forced to move from San Francisco to live with her aunt, uncle and cousin Leo in Chicago. Nine years have passed since then; Alice and Leo are now inseparable and have brought fellow classmate Teddy into their fold. While Alice secretly harbors a crush on Teddy, she’s too afraid to let him know. On Teddy’s 18th birthday, Alice decides to play the odds and buys him a lottery ticket, and miraculously he wins. Teddy, also no stranger to hardships, gladly accepts his prize. He goes on spending sprees and enjoys his newfound fame, owing it all to Alice. But when he offers Alice a portion of the winnings, she declines, and a chasm opens between the two.
Jennifer E. Smith’s latest novel will have readers laughing out loud as often as wiping away tears. Alice is easy to fall in love with, from her courage in dealing with her parents’ deaths to insisting on making decisions on her own terms and her ability to adapt when things don’t go as planned. With a tight set of characters, complete with realistic relationships and issues, Windfall fearlessly explores the impact of wealth, particularly when it is sprung on a teen. Smith pulls at readers’ heartstrings as Alice, Teddy and Leo struggle to find themselves in the midst of the unexpected.
A novel with crossover appeal, Windfall is an excellent choice for older teens to read with parents or mentors.