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3.69  ·  Rating details ·  14,790 ratings  ·  2,278 reviews
Let luck find you.

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, everythi
Hardcover, 416 pages
Published May 2nd 2017 by Delacorte Press
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Chelsea Humphrey
May 31, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: from-publisher
I'm feeling rather mid range on this one, but it sure does have a great cover. This was a cute story that I felt I'd read many times before. Full review to come. ...more
Brittney ~ Reverie and Ink
2.5 stars
Part of this is a 'it's you, not me' thing, because the writing was lovely. The author clearly put her heart and soul into this book. Some of the conversations and inner monologue is breathtakingly heart-achingly beautiful.

A certain type of reader will probably hug this book to pieces and cry over it. For me, I'm not exactly a contemporary reader, and this book kinda reminded me why. I have a really hard time dealing with modern day issues because my own life has so many right now - so
May 12, 2021 rated it liked it
A quick YA read about an 18 year old winning the lottery. Definitely predictable, but entertaining none the less. 🤗
Shelby *trains flying monkeys*
3.5 stars

I'm sure most of us have asked ourselves that question. Spent those millions in our heads as we went to sleep dreaming of hitting it big-time. (If I wasn't so cheap that I never buy tickets..that's beside the point.)

This story is about that big win really happening. To an eighteen year old boy. It's Teddy's birthday and his closest friends Leo and Alice are headed to his birthday party. Alice has been in secret love with Teddy for awhile she buys a card and writes down how
Jun 16, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: ya-contemporary
I was pleasantly surprised by this book! I haven't loved Jennifer E. Smith's books in the past a ton so I was weary going into this but ended up enjoying it!
I will reviewing this book in a mashup review video coming next week so be on the lookout for that for more of my thoughts!
Aj the Ravenous Reader

Ms. Jennifer E. Smith’s books have always been just your average contemporary YA romance, at least to me. I have always enjoyed her writing and her plotlines but I haven’t found anything special about them until Windfall which obviously is now my favorite by Ms. Smith.

I find her latest book not only beautifully written, but also heartfelt and inspiring. Usually, I complain about the POVs of her books but not this time. I think the narrative view is perfect for the storyline. I also think the pl
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I think it pretty crazy that Lucky in Love and Windfall share pretty much the SAME plot but they were carried out SO differently

Lucky in Love was a DISATER (even though I love Kasie West) but I could not help but feel like Windfall would be part 2 of the never-ending-tragedy that is becoming contemporary books and I WAS SO CLOSE to taking it off my TBR entirely


I really needed a fun, easy, entertaining, predictable-but-still-engaging read and that’s EXAC
Kaylin (The Re-Read Queen)
2.5 Stars



Alice is in love with Teddy, her best-friend of nine years. She buys him a lottery ticket for his 18th birthday and they win millions.

That’s the premise of this book, and based off that brief description, you probably have an idea where the story is headed. And you’re probably right. No surprises here, really.

I received an ARC of this through Netgalley in exchange for an honest review, thanks to Delacorte Press for the opportunity!


The teenagers feel like teenagers. T
Trina (Between Chapters)
Interesting premise, some relateable moments, but it just didn't live up to my expectation of it, which tends to be how all of Jennifer E. Smith's books are for me. I also wasn't a fan of the main romance in this book. I LOVED the family dynamics in this book though.

I did listen to the audiobook, and while the narrator did a pretty good job, her male voices were awful and all sounded the same, so my enjoyment of the story may have been influenced by that.

Overall, I think this is a great premise
What do you do when out of the blue you win a lottery ticket!

Considering you live in a one bedroom house with your mother and she has to sleep on the sofa because you can't afford a better place, winning a million dollars would sound crazy, won't it?

Teddy has been gifted a lottery ticket by his best friend and secret lover, Alice. They have been friends since they were 9 years old. After the brutal death of her parents, Alive lives in her cousin's house. All of them have their own messed up st
I guess my expectations were just too high? This book is exactly what you would expect it to be and nothing more. A girl buys her best friend that she's secretly in love with a winning lottery ticket and he goes from being incredibly poor to incredibly rich overnight and it goes straight to his head. Then, character arc, then end. I guess I just expecting something more form this story. My favorite character is Alice's gay brother Leo because he was the most interesting character by far. Other t ...more
Rachel Reads Ravenously
3 stars

We've all had that thought. You know, what you would do if you won the lottery? The choices and actions you would make. This book answers that question, but more like if you won the lottery at a young age.

When Alice buys a lotto ticket for her best friend Teddy on his 18th birthday, the very last thing she expects is for him to win. But he does, making him the youngest lottery winner ever. Since both Alice and Teddy had a less than privileged upbringing, Teddy is overjoyed with his good
“Remember that sometimes not getting what you want is a wonderful stroke of luck.”

----Dalai Lama XIV

Jennifer E. Smith, am American author, has penned an entertaining and light hearted young adult contemporary story called, Windfall that centers around an orphan teenage girl randomly buying a lottery ticket, but later giving it to the guy, on whom she has a huge crush on, as a gift, who also surprisingly wins the ticket, followed by the winning money drama between the two. But what they togethe
Susane Colasanti
Apr 19, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Jennifer E. Smith brings us yet another sweet, sensational story to fall in love with. WINDFALL explores the complexities of friendship, family, and finding your place to belong. Beautifully written and brimming with emotion, this charming book becomes an instant fave.
Oct 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites, 2018
This book is the equivalent of a warm summer day.
This book cleared my skin and watered my crops.
It was so pure, and wholesome, and healing in such a cute light-hearted way.

My heart is so full. I am overwhelmed with feelings. I loved everything about it.
Apr 12, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This is closer to 2.5 that 2 stars.

Things I didn't like:
1) Saint Alice.
The lottery ticket she gives to her best friend for his birthday is the winning ticket and she feels absolutely NO jealously whatsoever! Surely, you'd feel just a modicum of regret and loss that you weren't the winner? Also, she volunteers at a soup kitchen for the homeless, helps children learn to read, and loves helping charities. She's the most selfless teenager ever. While that's commendable, her character fell complet
Carole (Carole's Random Life)
This review can also be found at Carole's Random Life in Books.

I really enjoyed reading this fun story. The first thing that really got my attention was the cover of this one. Isn't it gorgeous? After reading the description, I knew that this was a book that I would need to read. I just love the premise. I don't really play the lottery but anytime the jackpot is at an outrageous level, I do buy a single ticket. I know that odds are that I will never win but from the moment I put the ticket in my
Aug 17, 2017 rated it liked it

It was certainly a pleasant read. Reminded me a lot of Lucky in Love which I literally just read before starting this.

So, Teddy wins a big hefty lottery which was a gift for him from Alice (our main character). Naturally after winning, Teddy starts spending big and that bothers Alice. She is the kind of person who does not like change so when she sees Teddy act different it doesn't sit well with her. Also, she has been in love with him and him not acknowledging those feelings back plays a
Apr 25, 2017 rated it really liked it
Windfall was an enjoyable contemporary read, with a depth to it I wasn't expecting.

I think what made this such a pleasantly surprising read, was the fact that the romance wasn't the main focus. Instead the focus was on other aspects; such as family, friendship, love, loss, money and grief. I personally wasn't too invested in the romance itself (I personally would have much preferred it, had it been platonic) but what I did love, was the different family dynamics and the discussions on what fami
Jul 17, 2017 rated it really liked it
Wow was this a great book. It was just so much fun to read, and was really eye opening. It was full of cliches but somehow it just made the book so much more enjoyable. There were a lot of subjects discussed in this book, and I felt that the author could have expanded a bit more on them. The characters were fun and I absolutely adore them all. And I just have to applaud the author for creating an AMAZING main character. She was so relatable, and she reminded me so much of myself. In ways, she's ...more
Peter Monn
Sep 22, 2017 rated it really liked it
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Kyla Harris
Aug 03, 2018 rated it liked it
Plot - 12/20
Characters - 13/20
Creativity - 14/20
Writing - 14/20
Pace - 8/10
Ending - 7/10
64/100 = C
3/5 stars

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Aug 19, 2018 rated it liked it

Spoilers ahead!!

I have this weird habit that whenever I start reading a book and know that there’s another book with a very similar plot I read the other one immediately after finishing the previous book. In this case it was Lucky in Love (which I disliked it very much) and I'm glad I read Windfall after that because this was so much better.

This was my second book by Jennifer E. Smith and I have no complaints about it, it was just what I needed to be and more. It was a sweet, hopeful, ligh
Layla (Between the Lines)
“It's not easy, you know? To get the thing you want most in the world in the worst way possible.”

Imagine this: you're eighteen, you're in love with your best friend, and you just won the lottery. Okay, technically he won the lottery, but you're the one who bought him the ticket. What happens next?

Windfall is about the whirlwind of luck and fate experienced by two otherwise unlucky teens, both with their fair share of familial baggage. These characters were authentically developed and relatable,
Jul 08, 2017 rated it liked it
3 stars

Alrighty then, so I had a day to dwell and think about my thoughts and overall feelings on Windfall and I think I'm ready to give out my honest review.

If you've been keeping an eye on my progress of this book, then you would know that I wasn't necessarily happy with a few things.

This is my first Jennifer E. Smith book and I now understand why so many people either like or dislike her books. I'm falling somewhere in the middle after I read Windfall. Believe me, I do have some issues in re
Lisa (lifeinlit)
Apr 07, 2017 rated it really liked it
It's no surprise that a contemporary-loving reader like myself enjoys Jennifer E. Smith's writing. She's actually one of my favorite contemporary writers. I adore how she's able to keep a book on the light and fluffy side, yet address very real and sometimes difficult issues so effortlessly in the process. Windfall was exactly that.

Alice, Leo and Teddy... the Three Musketeers. Each struggling through his or her teenage years dealing with a boatload of stress. Alice lost both of her parents at th
Asheley T.
Apr 04, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2017-read
I can't say that I've ever thought about winning a lottery, but Windfall by Jennifer E. Smith will give readers the opportunity to daydream about just that. Eighteen-year-old Teddy ends up winning 141 million dollars from a ticket given to him by his best friend Alice and suddenly, his life completely changes.

Teddy isn't a stranger to hardship. He lives in a one-bedroom apartment with his mother because his father gambled all of their money away, then left. When Teddy wins enough money to chang
Jun 29, 2017 rated it liked it
this book is ok. its about money and luck. money is not everything, u people. and money can turns into dangerous thing in an immature hands.

our heroine is a brave young girl. she is in love with teddy. and with a little luck called lottery, her destiny change. she is very mature beyond her age.

i feel this book lacks of something. it feels bland a bit. but overal i enjoy it.
Kirsty Hanson
What would you do if you won £140 million? This is the question that kept circling around in my head as I read this book. That's a lot of money. And me saying that it's a lot of money is a massive understatement. I've never understood why the lottery even exists... Surely, a better way for those jackpot amounts to be spent would be for the government to build a homeless shelter? Or even better yet, to buy homeless people homes and food and clothes? Not to give that money to someone who probably ...more
Olivia (Stories For Coffee)
Feb 02, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: review-requested
I really enjoyed reading another Jennifer E. Smith book because she doesn’t spend the entire novel focusing on the romance that blooms between two characters. Instead she focuses on their individual problems and the connection they slowly form as they begin to grow closer together. That alone sets a nice pacing for the novel and creates a slow burning romance that always grips my heart. Another aspect of the story that she executes so well are the family relationships and friendships that are pr ...more
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Jennifer E. Smith is the author of nine books for young adults, including The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight and Hello, Goodbye, and Everything in Between, both of which were recently adapted for film. She earned her master's degree in creative writing from the University of St. Andrews in Scotland, and her writing has been translated into 33 languages. She currently lives in Los A ...more

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