Review: Windfall by Jennifer E. Smith


Genre: Young-Adult, Contemporary, Romance
Pages: 418
Series: None
Release Date: May 2, 2017
Publisher: Delacorte Press

3 Stars


Alice is in love with her best friend, Teddy. For his birthday, she buys him a lottery ticket even though she doesn’t have any hope of him actually winning. She’s doesn’t believe in good luck, not after losing both her parents, one soon after the other, ten years ago. Then Teddy does win the lottery and he’s ecstatic. But as much as Alice should be happy for him, she wonders if winning the lottery may be some kind of curse instead of a gift.

Why does she think that? Because she’s a bit of a douchebag.

You see, Alice doesn’t like change (understandable). So even though winning the lottery will help Teddy and his mom out of their severe financial problems, all she’s think is, what if Teddy grows apart from me? That’s why she regrets buying the ticket. Which is such a douchy thing to think. If she loves him, she should be happy for him.

Except there’s one thing she loves more tha Teddy, and that is feeling sorry for herself. Seriously, it’s a constant thing where she absolutely refuses to be happy. I get that she lost her parents, but she still lives with her aunt, uncle and cousin, who treat her like family. She has no other problems in her life and she appreciates none of that. She also gets very judgemental of other people and has a superiority complex because she’s has such a hard life and she’s better than everyone else because she volunteers for charity work.

I’m sorry, but since when is the purpose of charity lording it over other people? Oh wait, it’s not!

Ugh, it was beyond annoying to have to read from her, very dull, perspective and see her give Teddy shit over how he was spending the cash. I will admit that Teddy let it get to his head for a while but honestly, give the kid a break, Alice! For someone who’s in love with the guy, you sure do think very little of him. Stop getting so fucking judgemental over what he’s doing, especially since the guy offered you half the money and you refused!

Alice wouldn’t to take the money because she wasn’t sure she could handle it well, but when Teddy spent it, she got all superior and I’m-a-better-person-than-you-are, constantly telling him what to do with it. She (supposedly) loved him but didn’t think he was good enough for her. Man, I hated her.

I didn’t much care for Teddy either. He made stupid decisions, about the money, and romantically. The only character I liked was Alice’s cousin Leo, who didn’t have a very big role. Most of the book was boring and I just wanted it to fucking end!

That is, until, the last 100 (or less) pages. That was when shit finally started to move on. Alice became a lot more bearable (though her superiority complex was never addressed), Teddy got his head out of his ass. He actually turned out to be a really good guy who just need time to get the hand of things. I started to like him a lot more. Both of them discovered some things about themselves, figured out what they wanted. There was many cute moments, Leo got a small arc, and the ending was really great. Had I reviews the novel immediately after reading, this would have been a lot happier, three-star review, because I was still in the moment at the time. It was really good.

Overall, a slow, kinda predictable, and kinda boring book which has a great ending. I can’t really say if it’s worth reading the un-fun chunk to get to the good part. That’s up to you.


2 thoughts on “Review: Windfall by Jennifer E. Smith

  1. I’ve read so many mixed reviews for ‘Windfall,’ I’ve enjoyed but not loved Jennifer E.Smith’s books… it’s leaving me confused when I think about adding any of her books to my collection. Thanks for posting your review, it’s great hearing other peoples thoughts, especially when I’m on the fence about purchasing a book. Keep up the great work 😀

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    1. I’ve read it and even I’m still on the fence about whether it’s one I would recommend.
      Also, we have similar feelings about Jennifer E. Smith’s books. I like them too but they’re always missing something.


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