Windfall by Jennifer E. Smith is an enjoyable read about teenager Alice, who gives her long time crush a lottery ticket for his 18th birthday. Of course, the ticket wins $140 million and in a flash everything changes. The friends (who almost become a couple) are no stranger to misfortune, with both of Alice's parent dying young and Teddy's father abandoning this family leaving them with gambling debts.
We sometimes naively think money will solve our problems, but sometimes it just creates more drama in our life. This is the essential message of the book but it does take a little while to get hooked to the storyline. I'm not sure if love is like a lottery as proposed on the book cover, but I'd rather have true love and good company than money any day.
Windfall - a piece of unexpected good fortune, typically one that involves receiving a large amount of money. Windfall is a likeable chick lit novel for the younger generations, which you might like to pack for your next holiday.
About the author
Jennifer E. Smith is the author of Hello, Goodbye, and Everything In Between, The Geography of You and Me, This Is What Happy Looks Like, The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight, The Storm Makers, You Are Here, and The Comeback Season. She earned a master's degree in creative writing from the University of St Andrews in Scotland, and her work has been translated into thirty-three languages. She currently lives in New York City.