Saturday, 15 July 2017

Review - Windfall by Jennifer E. Smith

Title: Windfall
Author: Jennifer E. Smith
Pages: 432
Publisher: Macmillan Children's Books
Release date: 4th May 2017

Blurb from Goodreads: 

Alice doesn't believe in luck, Alice believes in love. Mostly that she's been in love with her best friend, Teddy, for the last three years. When she buys him a lottery ticket for his birthday and he wins 32 million dollars, they are thrown together with the world at their feet. Teddy decides that he will spend his money committing random acts of kindness, and who better to go on that adventure with him than Alice? In the process they get to know themselves and each other better than they ever have before, but money can't buy you love . . .

My Review:

*I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. Thanks to Pan Macmillan and NetGalley*

Alice has had her fair share of bad luck so she doesn't expect anything to happen when she buys Teddy, her best friend who she's secretly in love with, a lottery ticket for his birthday.
But the ticket makes Teddy a millionaire and changes his and Alice's lives.
What will Teddy do with the money?
Can Alice come to terms with the loss of her parents all those years ago?

I felt that Windfall was a realistic take on what would happen to a teen/someone if they won the lottery.
I liked how family orientated Windfall was - Alice was close to her cousin, Leo, and Teddy had a close relationship with his mum.
Alice was a good protagonist and I enjoyed reading as she realised things about herself. I didn't mind Teddy, but I preferred Leo.
The romance wasn't a huge part of the plot, which I appreciated.
The plot was enjoyable enough but it dragged a little and nothing happened that shocked me.
The blurb was a bit misleading in the sense that it takes Teddy a long time to decide to 'commit random acts of kindness' (around 70% of the way through).
I liked the writing style and found it easy to follow.

Overall this was an enjoyable read.