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"Alice loves Teddy, her best friend, but has never told him. When she buys him a lottery ticket that turns out to be a winner, their lives are changed forever and their friendship is put to the ultimate test"--Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York :, Delacorte Press,, [2017]
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9780399559372
Characteristics: 417 pages


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Mar 12, 2018

Another great book by Ms. Smith. When Alice buys a lottery ticket for her best friend, Teddy, it changes their lives in more than one way. Teddy never saw what Alice wrote in the card she gave him so he does not know how she really feels. When the ticket makes Teddy the youngest ever to win the lottery, their lives change in more than one way. Like all lottery winners, Teddy buys things he has only dreamed about, a car, extravagant dinners, gives money away, people call asking for money, his gambling dad returns, and things just do not go well. Teddy has ideas of what he wants to do with the rest of the money but with a little help from Alice, and a trip to Stanford, he finally figures it out. Can two best friends get back to normal or some sense of normal before it is too late?

Feb 05, 2018

Alice has always loved her best friend Teddy, but she’s sure he doesn’t feel the same way about her. But on Teddy’s 18th birthday, everything has changed. What started off as a joke escalated into much more when Alice bought him a winning lottery ticket, giving him more fame and wealth than he could ever have imagined. But winning the lottery is a double-edged sword and Teddy starts to question who he can trust. Will Alice be able to steer him back on track? I was excited about this concept but was quite disappointed with the outcome. I disliked Teddy and was annoyed that he was one of the main characters. Although it was probably a realistic depiction of how a young adult would react to winning the lottery, I couldn’t understand why he did the things he did. There was a lot of character development and life lessons, but in the end, the characters will heavily impact the reader’s experience-- for better or worse. Rating: 2.5/5
@Iron_Rose of the Hamilton Public Library Teen Review Board

I’ve lost my faith in contemporary books by new authors, since I’ve read so many that have failed. But “Windfall” was perfect. It was just what I wanted to read, about a trio of friends that break and bond after winning a lottery ticket. It’s not exactly exciting or different, but the relationships crafted out between every character made me feel warm, with their authenticity. You can tell the author has put her heart and soul into the phrases, that aren’t full of prose but have a deep meaning to them. The general style gave this book a star quality and the characters were all loveable and stay with you for a long time! Definitely recommend! 4/5
- @jewelreader of the Teen Review Board of the Hamilton Public Library

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