- Reading level: 12 - 16 years
- Paperback: 320 pages
- Publisher: Pan Macmillan UK; Main Market Ed. edition (4 May 2017)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1509831703
- ISBN-13: 978-1509831708
- Product Dimensions: 13 x 2.6 x 19.7 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #16,883 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Windfall Paperback – 4 May 2017
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Alice has always been in love with Teddy, but he remains oblivious of this fact as she fears it will wreck their friendship. She mourns her parents death and has not mentally accepted Leo's family as her own, especially Leo's father, her uncle, who is also mourning his brother's death. She is showered with enough love in her present living situation but she always feels like an outsider, an orphan. I did not like this side of her because she is wasting away her days (years!!) mourning for people who aren't there and losing the ones who love her.
Coming to Teddy, when you're a teen and all of a sudden you win millions in a lottery, you are bound to go overboard. That's what Teddy does when his luck soars on his birthday, when his birthday gift from Alice makes him a millionaire. But his shopping spree and unwanted vacations annoy Alice as she expects him to spend it in a good way, like charity. *eyeroll*
I agree to a certain extent with Alice, but Teddy isn't a 30-year old, he's just had a twist in fortune and is allowed to go gaga over his riches. At least for some time. I couldn't understand why Alice was such a goody-goody.
Some YA books, portray teens in a very intolerant way, and some like this one show characters like Alice as mature beyond their age. I liked Leo's parents, they were sensible and knew their way around kids, especially the not-handling-Leo-like-a-glass-doll because he's gay was super cool.
The book was a tad disappointing with the main characters, and I felt that like this isn't Jen E Smith's BEST!.
Windfall, is my first read by the author Jennifer E Smith, and I'm glad I picked it up. I've been told quite a lot about her books being adorably goofy & cute, fluffy contemporaries. But I guess Windfall is quite different: not completely fluffy, but also with a touch of dark element and storyline to it.
I liked the characters, & especially the female protagonist, Alice, was extremely good ~ I loved how humble of a person she was, despite the tragedies life threw at her.
I went into this book, partially oblivious to anything, except that it's a best friend-romance (a cliché I love 🙈😁), wherein the guy wins a lottery that swirls his world. And I think, not knowing much about the background of any of the characters or the story made it a really good first-read experience. :) So I'd suggest the same.
Overall, the novel was quite impressive, though some places the story felt flat to me; though the writing made up for it ~ simple & witty.
The Book arrived on time and in a great condition, though it'd be great if Amazon could include bookmarks too. :)
a) Best Friend Romance (AKA – MY ACHILLES HEEL OF ALL CONTEMPORARY PLOTS)
b) WINNING OVER A HUNDRED MILLION DOLLARS IN THE LOTTERY.
c) Lives have been changed forever
The minute I read Windfall’s summary, I knew I WANTED IT. Which is why, after having binge read this book in 1.5 days, I’m sitting on my bed, typing out this review, slightly in love I’m unable to open another one because IT WAS JUST THAT GOOD.
1. Like I said, I love the idea behind this book. Who doesn’t win the lottery with the hope that they will WIN ALL THAT MONEY and live the life they’ve always dreamed of? Almost NOBODY. Add a best friend romance in the mix and I’m SOLD.
2. One of the first things that struck me about this book after I actually began reading was how grounded a character Alice was. I always like these kinds of fictional girls better and I instantly connected with her. Also, TELL ME ABOUT UNREQUIETED FEELINGS!
3. Another things I LOVED SO SO MUCH about this book was the presence of strong, sturdy parents. Alice’s aunt and uncle and such amazing people that only want the best for their son and orphan niece who they’ve taken in as their own. They were the PERFECT PARENTS AND I LOVED THAT YA is finally getting some.
4. I should mention that they Harry Potter reference almost had me in tears. SERIOUSLY. It warmed my heart and YOU NEED TO READ THIS.
5. I also loved my boys, Leo and Sawyer. I love big brothers in any kind of setting and Leo was only slightly awesome. I wish we got to see more of Max, of that Leo and Max will have a book of their own because SWOON. Sawyer was also a fun, stand-up kind of guy and I loved his humour.
6. Surprisingly, the one thing I thought I’d LOVE was the one thing I didn’t like about the book – and that was Teddy and Alice together. For starters, Teddy wasn’t my favourite person. I didn’t have a specific problem with him BUT with all the other great characters, he probably ranked last for me in this book (which is even more surprising because he’s exactly like my best friend IRL.) More than anything, I didn’t feel a spark between the two of them or anything but a forced romance.
Harry Potter references guaranteed to make your eyes shed a few tear drops, the lottery, family and brilliant characters – Windfall is one amazing book you should get your hands on!
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I do like the theme that what we really want, money can't buy. I also like the idea that what we buy reflects who we are. Money matters and not having enough or having too much can become this defining thing. It becomes the entirety of your identity. This is a book in which things very much happen to the characters rather than the character personalities driving the plot. More the way a mystery or thriller might but, you know, a romance. There is nothing wrong with that; I just don't prefer it. It left the characterization a bit thin.
Alice is a little too good and pure. She is heading for Stamford, volunteers regularly, and has two good friends. She is an orphan who lives with her Aunt and Uncle. We don't learn much more about her. What does she like to eat? What does she look like? There are a million things that make up a person, and unfortunately, we don't see these other sides to Alice. This might have been less frustrating if the book hadn't specifically pointed out that people can be more than one thing at a time. I understand that Alice is trying to figure it out, but I could have done with some more clues while I tried to puzzle her out.
Teddy is adorable and charming. He doesn't strike me as the brightest bulb. He is a little too optimistic and impulsive. He is an extreme extrovert. I always find extroverts to be difficult to read about and relate to. Personal bias. There is nothing wrong with wanting to and enjoying other people like you. Just because the attention he goes out of his way to cultivate makes my soul shrivel just to read about does not mean that there is something wrong with him.
Leo is a bit of a throwaway character. I understand what his role in the story is, but he was shunted to the side too much and needed more dialogue. As do his parents. They are very supportive and cool, and I wanted more of them.
This wasn't a bad book by any means. If you like YA romance, then this is a no-brainer. I just would have liked to see more character development. That being said; I will probably read more books by Jennifer E. Smith.