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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. A Top Ten Summer '17 Kids Indie Next List Pick 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 "Windfall is an absolutely brilliant story...you will def want to add this gem to your TBR pile."
--Susane Colasanti, bestselling author of When It Happens
- ISBN-13: 9780399559372
- ISBN-10: 039955937X
- Publisher: Delacorte Press
- Publish Date: May 2017
- Page Count: 432
- Reading Level: Ages 12-UP
- 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.