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Windfall
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Windfall
This romantic story of hope, chance, and change from the author of The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight is one JENNY HAN says is filled with all of her "favorite things," MORGAN MATSON calls “something wonderful” and STEPHANIE PERKINS says “is rich with the intensity of real love.”

Alice has never believed in luck, but that doesn’t stop her from rooting for love. After pining for her best friend Teddy for years, she jokingly gifts him a lottery ticket—attached to a note professing her love—on his birthday. Then, the unthinkable happens: he actually wins
 
At first, it seems like the luckiest thing on earth. But as Teddy gets swept up by his $140 million windfall and fame and fortune come between them, Alice is forced to consider whether her stroke of good fortune might have been anything but.
 
She bought a winning lottery ticket. He collected the cash. Will they realize that true love’s the real prize?
Featured in Seventeen Magazine's "What's Hot Now"

Windfall is about all of my favorite 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
 
Windfall is perfectly named; reading it, I felt like I had suddenly found something wonderful.
MORGAN MATSON, New York Times bestselling author of The Unexpected Everything
 
Windfall is rich with the intensity of real love— in all its heartache and hope.”
STEPHANIE PERKINS, New York Times bestselling author of Isla and the Happily Ever After 
"If you’re looking for your next great read, then you’re in 'luck!'" —Justine Magazine
This romantic story of hope, chance, and change from the author of The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight is one JENNY HAN says is filled with all of her "favorite things," MORGAN MATSON calls “something wonderful” and STEPHANIE PERKINS says “is rich with the intensity of real love.”

Alice has never believed in luck, but that doesn’t stop her from rooting for love. After pining for her best friend Teddy for years, she jokingly gifts him a lottery ticket—attached to a note professing her love—on his birthday. Then, the unthinkable happens: he actually wins
 
At first, it seems like the luckiest thing on earth. But as Teddy gets swept up by his $140 million windfall and fame and fortune come between them, Alice is forced to consider whether her stroke of good fortune might have been anything but.
 
She bought a winning lottery ticket. He collected the cash. Will they realize that true love’s the real prize?
Featured in Seventeen Magazine's "What's Hot Now"

Windfall is about all of my favorite 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
 
Windfall is perfectly named; reading it, I felt like I had suddenly found something wonderful.
MORGAN MATSON, New York Times bestselling author of The Unexpected Everything
 
Windfall is rich with the intensity of real love— in all its heartache and hope.”
STEPHANIE PERKINS, New York Times bestselling author of Isla and the Happily Ever After 
"If you’re looking for your next great read, then you’re in 'luck!'" —Justine Magazine
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  • Lexile:
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  • Interest Level:
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  • Text Difficulty:
    3 - 4

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Excerpts-
  • From the book

    One

     

     

     

    When the man behind the counter asks for my lucky number, I hesitate.

     

    “You must have one,” he says, his pen hovering over the rows of bubbles on the form. “Everyone does.”

     

    But the problem is this: I don’t believe in luck.

     

    At least not the good kind.

     

    “Or it could be anything, really,” he says, leaning forward on the counter. “I just need five numbers. And here’s the trick. The big secret. You ready?”

     

    I nod, trying to look like I do this all the time, like I didn’t just turn eighteen a few weeks ago, like this isn’t my first time buying a lottery ticket.

     

    “You have to make them really, really good ones.”

     

    “Okay then,” I say with a smile, surprised to find myself playing along. I planned to let the computer decide, to put my faith in randomness. But now a number floats to the surface with such ease that I offer it up to him before thinking better of it. “How about thirty-one?”

     

    Teddy’s birthday.

     

    “Thirty-one,” the man repeats as he scratches out the corresponding bubble. “Very promising.”

     

    “And eight,” I tell him.

     

    My birthday.

     

    Behind me, there’s a line of people waiting to buy their own tickets, and I can practically feel their collective impatience. I glance up at the sign above the counter, where three numbers are glowing a bright red.

     

    “Three-eighty-two,” I say, pointing at the display. “Is that millions?”

     

    The man nods and my mouth falls open.

     

    “That’s how much you can win?”

     

    “You can’t win anything,” he points out, “unless you pick some more numbers.”

     

    “Right,” I say with a nod. “Twenty-four, then.”

     

    Teddy’s basketball number.

     

    “And eleven.”

     

    His apartment number.

     

    “And nine.”

     

    The number of years we’ve been friends.

     

    “Great,” says the man. “And the Powerball?”

     

    “What?”

     

    “You need to pick a Powerball number.”

     

    I frown at him. “You said five before.”

     

    “Yeah, five plus the Powerball.”

     

    The sign above the counter clicks forward: 383. It’s an amount nearly too big to mean anything—an impossible, improbable figure.

     

    I take a deep breath, trying to shuffle through the numbers in my head. But only one keeps appearing again and again, like some kind of awful magic trick.

     

    “Thirteen,” I say, half-expecting something to happen. In my mind the word is full of voltage, white-hot and charged. But out loud it sounds like any other, and the man only glances up at me with a doubtful look.

     

    “Really?” he asks. “But that’s unlucky.”

     

    “It’s just a number,” I say, even though I know that’s not true, even though I don’t believe it one bit. What I know is this: numbers are shifty things. They rarely tell the whole story.

     

    Still, when he hands over the slip of paper—that small square of illogical math and pure possibility—I tuck...

About the Author-
  • Jennifer E. Smith is the author of seven novels for young adults, including The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight. 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 lives in New York City. Follow her on Twitter at @JenESmith or visit her at jenniferesmith.com.
Reviews-
  • Publisher's Weekly

    March 6, 2017
    Best friends Alice and Teddy know about hard luck. Nine years ago Alice was uprooted from San Francisco to move in with her aunt, uncle, and cousin in Chicago after her parents died. Teddy has had to deal with a gambling addict father, who drained the family’s bank account before abandoning them. But on his 18th birthday, Teddy’s luck changes when Alice buys him a winning lottery ticket. After receiving millions of dollars, he goes wild with his newfound fortune while Alice, who refuses to take the cut of the money, focuses on her volunteer work. In a story that tests the morals and steadfastness of two vulnerable adolescents, Smith (Hello, Goodbye, and Everything in Between) smartly explores the psyche of Alice, examining why she chooses not to become rich and how she is plagued by her changing feelings toward Teddy as he wrestles with being a teenage multimillionaire. Though the plot is somewhat predictable, Smith’s dynamic characters and their complex struggles (including Alice’s gay cousin, Leo, who has his own share of conflicts) will keep readers invested. Ages 12–up. Agent: Jennifer Joel, ICM.

  • Kirkus

    March 1, 2017
    When the lottery ticket Alice gives to Teddy, the boy she's secretly loved for years, wins him a fortune, they discover money really does change everything. Orphaned at 9, Alice has grown up in Chicago with a loving family: her dad's brother, Uncle Jake; his Latina wife, Aunt Sofia; and their son, Leo. Uncle Jake--white and fair, like Alice, is a painful reminder of her dad. Struggling to live the life she believes her parents would have chosen, remembering them as passionate altruists, Alice tutors an orphaned foster child and volunteers at a soup kitchen, refusing emphatically when Teddy, who is also white, tries to share his winnings with her. For years, since his gambling-addicted father wiped out their savings, Teddy and his mother have shared a cramped apartment. Generous and impulsive, spending lavishly, Teddy enjoys his new fame. Leo, who feels unjustifiably blessed, having lucked out with great parents (they even made coming out as gay easy), views Teddy's win as just compensation for a bad-luck childhood, whereas Alice refuses to see good or bad fortune as anything but random. Now, unable to prevent the changes fortune brings, she must learn to weather them. While the feel-good ending feels forced--a shoe that doesn't quite fit--this compelling read, gracefully told, raises issues seldom explored in popular fiction. How can we rationalize life's inequalities? What do we owe, and to whom, when blessed with good fortune? Smart and entertaining, as to be expected from Smith. (Fiction. 12-17)

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  • School Library Journal

    February 1, 2017

    Gr 9 Up-What would you do if you won the lottery? A question almost everyone has contemplated becomes a reality for high school senior Teddy, who receives a winning ticket from his best friend, Alice. She bought the ticket on a whim, and it sends them down a much different path than either had anticipated. Both have had their share of struggles. Alice, an orphan, has moved to Chicago to live with her aunt, uncle, and cousin. Teddy's father is a gambling addict who left Teddy and his mother penniless. Winning millions of dollars seems to be the best thing that could have happened to Teddy, but Alice knows that more money means more problems, and she sees how the money changes Teddy and how others begin to behave around him. As Teddy continues to be oblivious to Alice's hopeless love for him, she finds herself battling old ghosts-and her heart. Smith weaves a poignant tale of teens coping with loss and change as they balance on the verge of adulthood. A story that could have easily skimmed the surface of emotions plunges head-on into the complexities of grief, loss, and love. Healthy doses of humor and small victories for the main characters keep the atmosphere from feeling too heavy, and Smith creates more gentle tension as readers wait to see if love blossoms and if Alice will do something just for herself.

    Copyright 2017 School Library Journal, LLC Used with permission.

  • DOGO Books sophie16 - This was a very nice book and I love it. I will not spoil it for those who want to read it. It is over 400 pages and I got it for 5 dollars. #windfallofmoney #JenniferE.Smith
  • Booklist

    April 1, 2017
    Grades 9-12 Luck isn't something that 18-year-old Alice is familiar with. When she was 9, her parents died just months apart from each other, and Alice moved to Chicago to live with her aunt and uncle. Alice honors her parents by volunteering and dreaming of Stanford, though her longing to return to California is tempered by her close relationships with her cousin Leo and her best friend, Teddy, whom Alice secretly loves. On Teddy's eighteenth birthday, Alice jokingly buys him a lottery ticketand he wins. Teddy, who lives in a one-bedroom apartment with his single, overworked mother, seems like the luckiest guy in the world. But as much as Alice wants to believe that this newfound wealth won't change him, a rift grows between them. Smith, no stranger to romance (Hello, Goodbye, and Everything in Between, 2015) crafts another thoughtful story about a girl on the brink of major change. Alice's struggles are relatable, and her feelings for Teddy ring true. Particularly well-developed secondary characters put the finishing touches on this lucky find. HIGH-DEMAND BACKSTORY: When it comes to teen romance, Smith is quickly becoming one of the big dogs; an extensive marketing and publicity campaign will only increase the buzz.(Reprinted with permission of Booklist, copyright 2017, American Library Association.)

  • Publishers Weekly "Smith's dynamic characters and their complex struggles...will keep readers invested."
  • VOYA "Smith taps into the relatable feelings of young love...she skillfully juxtaposes these romantic complications with the struggles of newfound wealth; family and friend conflicts; and each teen's internal wrestling with the past, present, and future."
  • Jenny Han, New York Times bestselling author of To All the Boys I've Loved Before "Windfall is about all of my favorite things--a girl's first big love, her first big loss, and--her first big luck."
  • Susane Colasanti, bestselling author of When It Happens "Windfall is an absolutely brilliant story...you will def want to add this gem to your TBR pile."
  • Jennifer Niven, New York Times bestselling author of All the Bright Places
    More Praise for Jennifer E. Smith
    "Hello, Goodbye, and Everything in Between is the love story of Clare and Aidan, high school sweethearts who spend one last day together before college separates them, possibly forever. It's also the love story of good friends, of home, of what used to be and what's to come. This latest stunner from Jennifer E. Smith will linger in your aching heart. (But it's a good ache. The best kind.) It's an ache that comes from characters who are so real they breathe, and a relatable story that generates feels--lots of them--on every page."
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