Reader Reviewed Windfall by Jennifer E. Smith


Written by Jennifer E. Smith

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May 2017 Book of the Month | In a Nutshell: A heart-warming story about first loves, friendship and the power of kindness

What’s important in life? Money, success, popularity are all words that float to the top of the list yet friendship, empathy, kindness and love are possibly where happiness really resides. This warm, heart lifting novel from Jennifer E. Smith encourages us to question what is really important in life.

Alice buys best friend Teddy a lottery ticket for his birthday as a joke. She doesn’t believe in luck and the last thing she expects is for Teddy to win and win big. Suddenly the comfortable life she has come to know is thrown in to disarray and things begin to change and the Teddy she thought she knew so well and who she’s secretly been in love with for years, begins to change. As she sees his popularity rise along with his bank balance and their hopes and dreams change, she begins to feel that she is losing him. But soon Teddy discovers that using his new found wealth committing random acts of kindness is the way forward and Alice joins him on helping to change the lives of random strangers. This thoughtful, inspiring story follows them on their adventure as they grow, sometimes together and sometimes apart, but both discovering a little more about each other and themselves along the way.

For me Alice and Teddy’s story highlights the changes we can all make within our own world and the knock on effect that can have. It’s a wonderful message about love, hope and friendship, and ultimately about acceptance; acceptance that we can’t always control what happens in our lives but that our own actions have the power to change, maybe not the whole world, but certainly the world for at least one person through the kindness we can share. And that is a wonderful power to have indeed. ~ Shelley Fallows

Reader Reviews

In addition to our Lovereading expert opinion some of our Lovereading4kids Reader Review Panel were also lucky enough to read and review this title. You can read their full reviews by clicking here.

  • Susanna Wagstaff, age 14 - 'Windfall is an amazing book! Two best friends go from ordinary high schoolers to lottery winners and their journey is definitely a rough one!'
  • Jenny Duffy, age 23 - 'Sweet and sad, with a very likeable and engaging protagonist, and a strong cast of characters this is a book I definitely connected with.'    
  • Aimee Sweet, age 15 - 'I found myself laughing out loud and pining for the characters as if they were my friends. Loved it!'
  • Imogen Breaks, age 14 - 'Alice, Leo and Teddy are three ordinary teenagers living in an ordinary town in San Francisco. However when Alice buys a lottery ticket for Teddy's 18th birthday something extraordinary happens.'
  • Megan Abbott, age 18 - 'Heartwarmingly good! This is a story about friendship, growing up and a little bit of luck, and I thoroughly enjoyed reading it.'
  • Katie Adeniji, age 16 - 'Windfall is a wonderful coming-of-age book about life and young love that is perfect for any reader looking for something to restore their belief in luck,  I would definitely recommend to a friend.'
  • Sophia - 'Wow! This was an amazing book. Kept me on my toes, as I wanted to find out if they both fell in love and what happens with the winnings. Epic read!! I would defiantly recommend.'
  • Laura Solomon, age 13 - 'A heart-warming novel, perfect for feel-good film lovers.'
  • Rose Heathcote, age 17 - 'Windfall is a heart-warming but thought provoking book about a boy who wins the lottery with a ticket his a best friend buys him. I would highly recommend this book.'
  • Naz, age 20 - 'Windfall makes for a fantastic, laughter-filled and uplifting adventure that explores young romance, friendship, embracing change, and fate. As always, Jennifer E. Smith is the Queen of Contemporary.'
  • Kyra, age 17 - 'Windfall by Jennifer E. Smith is sensational. Breathtakingly hopeful, utterly inspiring and brilliantly evocative - I fell in love with it. If you read one book this year, make sure it's this one.'
  • Humaira, age 18 - 'I was so thrilled that I had got ‘Windfall’ but it has let me down...The writing didn't pull me in.'
  • Emily Price - 'Windfall is a classic love story and is very moving. Lots of humour throughout this novel. Very much chic-flick. Loved it!'
  • Edel Waugh - 'I really enjoyed the story, the plot was great and original! I recommend this to anyone who likes a story about unusual situations people find themselves in.'

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Windfall by Jennifer E. Smith

Alice doesn't believe in luck, Alice believes in love. Mostly that she's been in love with her best friend, Teddy, for the last three years. When she buys him a lottery ticket for his birthday and he wins 32 million dollars, they are thrown together with the world at their feet. Teddy decides that he will spend his money committing random acts of kindness, and who better to go on that adventure with him than Alice? In the process they get to know themselves and each other better than they ever have before, but money can't buy you love ...


Rich with the intensity of real love -- Stephanie Perkins * New York Times bestselling author of ISLA AND THE HAPPILY EVER AFTER * About all of my favourite things - a girl's first big love, her first big loss and - her first big luck -- Jenny Han * New York Times Bestselling author of TO ALL THE BOYS I'VE LOVED BEFORE *

About the Author

Jennifer E. Smith

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.

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Macmillan Children's Books an imprint of Pan Macmillan

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4th May 2017




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