[Blog Tour Book Review #19] Windfall by Jennifer E. Smith + Giveaway

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, everything changes.

At first, it seems like a dream come true, especially since the two of them are no strangers to misfortune. As a kid, Alice won the worst kind of lottery possible when her parents died just over a year apart from each other. And Teddy’s father abandoned his family not long after that, leaving them to grapple with his gambling debts. Through it all, Teddy and Alice have leaned on each other. But now, as they negotiate the ripple effects of Teddy’s newfound wealth, a gulf opens between them. And soon, the money starts to feel like more of a curse than a windfall.

As they try to find their way back to each other, Alice learns more about herself than she ever could have imagined…and about the unexpected ways in which luck and love sometimes intersect.

Book Specifications:

Author: Jennifer E. Smith

Format: ARC

Part of a Series: No. Standalone.

Release Date: May 2, 2017

Publisher: Delacorte Press Books For Young Readers

No. of Pages: 414 pages

Price: $18.99

Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary, Realistic Fiction, Romance, Family

Book Review:


Massive thanks to my friends at Penguin Random House International for sending a review copy of this book my way, and for allowing me to host a local blog tour. This did not, in any way, affect my overall opinion of the book and/or the story.

The best friends turned lovers trope is a kind of story that I have loved ever since I became a reader. I love the way authors first introduce us to very good friends who turn out to be falling for one another. However it may be written, I always end up feeling giddy all the same. I honestly think that you could never go wrong by reading books that are, by nature, light and fluffy. And with that said, I believe it’s fair to say that I am more than elated to share with everyone today my thoughts on Jennifer E. Smith’s newest book, Windfall.

You might have read this on my previous reviews, but this time around, I legitimately adored Jennifer’s new set of characters! They were all lovable, and easy to root for (except for Teddy who has picked on my nerves for almost 3/4s of the book, but that’s a matter for a different paragraph) from Alice who must be hugged and protected at all times, to Sawyer who was actually the one I was most intrigued with. Even all the side characters had stories to tell, however short, and it satisfied me to see just how their stories will be heard by readers who I hope will love them as much as I do, if not more.

Now, let’s talk about Teddy. As I’ve mentioned, I loathed Teddy for almost 3 quarters of the book. Honestly though, it didn’t really start that way. At first, I thought Teddy was just your ordinary best friend / athlete who’s there for you if you need a buddy to walk home from school with, but as it turns out, he had this attitude to him after he got his prize money that I just didn’t like. I mean, I think it’s kinda hard to remain down-to-earth if one ever wins money as much as Teddy did, but still, I think he could’ve handled his situation a whole lot better, especially in terms of dealing with Alice and their relationship. I did like how he improved towards the ending of the story, though. I didn’t believe for a second that a person (whether he / she be fictional or not) could instantly change within a just a few pages, but I have to point out it was a nice try in Jennifer’s part.

One last thing I wanted to talk about was how this novel gave so much attention to the relevance of families. I adored the relationship Alice had with her Aunt and Uncle, and albeit I felt like there were lots of things that she could have done to help them in some way, I’m still impressed with how close and well bonded they turned out to be in the end. The same goes for Teddy and his beloved mom. This take on family ties was impressive and so on point! I just can’t help but be moved. The emotions were waaaay to real.

“As I’ve mentioned, Windfall is about two best friends who are thrown into a huge rollercoaster ride following a huge lottery victory. But more than that, it is also about different kinds of friendships, and family, and how life can sometimes throw us into something unexpected, but can also turn out for it to be something that we need in order to move on with life. It has it’s flaws, but it’s definitely perfect and recommendable in every other possible way. Now, I can only hope to read another story as wonderfully put together such as this one.”


Characters – 4.50

Plot – 4.50

Writing Style – 5.00

Pacing – 4.50

Ending – 4.00

TOTAL – 4.50 / 5★

Quotable Quotes:

“We have all sorts of words that could describe us. But we get to choose which ones are most important.”

“This is going to change everything. I don’t mean it the way I usually do. I don’t mean that change is hard or scary, though it’s definitely both. I mean only to say this: that sometimes, through good luck or bad, through curses or fate, the world cracks itself open, and afterward nothing will ever be the same. All I mean is that this seems like one of those times.”


I have 5 finished paperback copies of Windfall, thanks to my lovely and generous friends from Penguin Random House. Now, for a chance to win one, just answer this question via the comment section:

When was the last time you considered yourself lucky, and why?

The most creative and heartfelt answers will get the prizes! Contest ends on June 6, 2017, 11:59PM. Good luck, and may the odds be in your favor!

Blog Tour Posts:

Be sure to check out this space as I will be updating it once the other reviews from my lovely blogger friends are up!

Jem’s Review at The Bibliophile Confessions

Allie’s Review at A Literary Wanderer

Nicka’s Review at Read by Nicka

Bianca’s Review at Stay Bookish

Fay’s Review at Bibliophile Soprano

Shealea’s Review at The Book Shelf Bitch

About the Author:

Jennifer E. Smith is the author of eight books for young adults, including WINDFALL and THE STATISTICAL PROBABILITY OF LOVE AT FIRST SIGHT. 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.

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21 thoughts on “[Blog Tour Book Review #19] Windfall by Jennifer E. Smith + Giveaway

  1. I believe that I’m lucky everyday – blessed, even – especially during my last few weeks before I’m finished with my undergraduate study. Senior year has been tough but I’m sure the challenges will be worth it by graduation! If I were to pick one, though, the last time I felt really lucky was when our short film (which I have written) was nominated for best picture and for best screenplay! Before it was announced, we knew we had no chance so imagine our surprise when our film was called! Surreal.

    Great review, as always, JM! And thank you for this chance! (Hopefully, I can get lucky here too and have the chance to read Windfall!)

    Ailla ❤


    1. the last time I considered myself lucky, when I won a giveaway from NBS. coz I’ve been joining a lot of giveaways but I’m so unlucky that I’ve almost quit joining giveaways. So when I won that giveaway I was so happy coz for the first time I won and I felt so lucky 😄 thank you so much for hosting this giveaway and goodluck to everyone 😊


  2. Yay for the giveaway. ❤ Last time I considered myself lucky was when I went home after a long day of work and finding a hot meal and fresh change of clothes for me laid out by my mother. I felt so lucky and loved. 😍


  3. Thank you very much for the opportunity, it means a lot to me since I have seen the book all over my twitter, instagram, etc and lots of people been talking about it nonstop. yayyy!!

    Speaking of lucky time, I condiser my every single second is my lucky time. It only depends on what would we do to make this second such a lucky second. Other than that, I’m so thankful to have this life eventhough I have my downs. Yet, my most recent lucky time was a few months ago, when I went back home from my dorminity to find there were 8 or 9 bookmail sitting peacefully on my table. I just couldn’t make a decent word to express, I only starred at it for a while, thinking how beautiful the pile was. That was my first time ever to receive that many book mails. I also couldn’t even stop showing it to my whole family, even they’ve seen it before me. I was so thrilled. Also, most of them were the books I’d been dying to read, so it was just wonderful. :33
    That lucky memory still is stuck in my mind, I won’t dare to forget. :))

    PS. sorry for my bad English, it ain’t my first language. :(( I feel bad for that


  4. I consider myself lucky at many times. Whenever I’m able to buy a book I’ve really wanted, I consider myself lucky. Whenever I eat delicious food, I consider myself lucky and privileged. Whenever I meet my friends and come back home to my parents, I realize how lucky I am. Thank you for this giveaway 🙂


  5. I consider myself lucky EVERYDAY.
    – =)
    *I know how it feels to suffer starvation to the point that we don’t eat that day unless we dig sweet potatoes from our neighbors backyard instead of begging my shitty relatives for a cup of rice.
    Now I feel so lucky, I can eat 3 times a day plus snacks whenever I want.
    *I experienced to sleep on a table in our kitchen under the night sky for almost 4 months because our roof was destroyed by a storm and we cant fix it cos we lack the money to buy the materials and to pay for the laborer.
    Now we have a better house with a better roof. Tho I never liked it when it rains.. It brings back nightmares or that night
    *6 years ago I am NOT A READER. I cant afford the luxury to buy a php50 book coz it’s worth a fortune to me that time. I’d rather give my money to my mother to buy our food. Now I’m a hoarder. I can buy whichever book I want..read what I want.

    (Sorry sa grammar)

    I believe I’m very lucky.
    I believe I got more that I deserve.



  6. I’m not just lucky, I’m blessed. Everyday. Yes, every single day of my life. God gave me this life so
    I have to cherish it. Family and friends proved that I’m lucky- no, I’m blessed- everyday. They are always there for me. They cheer me up and tell me good things to motivate me. They are the one who always tell me not to give up. That there are always second chances.

    Thank you for this giveaway!!


  7. I consider myself lucky everyday because I have a complete family, I can eat 3 times a day, I’m studying, I can buy books, etc. Recently, I passed my exam so I’m going to be a third year student. I feel blessed and lucky that I can continue my course and fulfill my dreams.

    Thank you for this giveaway 🙂


  8. The last time I consider myself lucky was when I passed my oral defense. Why? Because I know that I didn’t do well during my defense yet my panelists are very kind and considerate. They even help me and shared their knowledge/expertise.

    Thank you for the chance and great review!


  9. The last time I felt lucky was last December 11th. I was a strand of hair away from death but I was lucky enough to survive. This happened when I tried to kill myself and slit my wrist. All the doctors and nurses who tended me that day told me that I was so lucky to miss my vein which I only miss by a hair strand. Also, I didnt have enough money for the hospitalization but my best friend and boyfriend were kind enough to pay for everything. Lastly, a lot of people visited me and sent me their love and well-wishes. I felt so lucky to have survived that day and even luckier to be given a new life which I now enjoy more and value more.

    Yey for the giveaway! Love you beb! 💖


  10. The last time I considered myself lucky is when my mother got healed by a stage 3 cancer. the doctor told us there’s no sign of any cancer in her body and my mother was so lucky and blessed because she got healed by God. and we’re so lucky and blessed too because we get to see her everyday happy and strong. 😊

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  11. I love Jennifer E. Smith and I’m a sucker for best friends turned to lovers stories as well!! I’m soo excited to read this book. Thanks for the chance!!

    I consider myself “lucky” everyday. Just knowing that I’m in a good state in life, and that I am alive and well. Simply first thing in the morning just by waking up and getting to see and experience a new day with my family and friends. I think everyday is a blessing filled with even more blessings (like being with my family & friends, the food we get to eat, the fact that we’re all safe, etc).


  12. I don’t think I have ever been lucky. Because I don’t think that luck has anything to do with all the blessings I get no matter how big or small the blessing is. I’m a proud christian so luck for me is a blessing! ^_^ Thanks for the chance on this giveaway! 😀


  13. I’m really glad you liked this one, JM! I can’t wait to finally read this one, trust me, I can read this when I can hahaha! I also love the idea of your giveaway.

    To be honest, I’m lucky I met you guys. I’m glad we were able to push through with Bookworms Unite because I was able to meet a bunch of cool people, you included. I treasure that memory so much, and I know that we’ll be able to hold on to that for a long time. That being said, we need to get things done for BU3! HAHAHA! ❤


  14. I always feel lucky even with the simplest things, but one of the most significant events that made me feel lucky and blessed is when I did something horrible and my parents forgave me easily. I expected to be grounded and that they’ll scold me bigtime but seems like they knew that I have learned from what happened. They are very understanding, loving, and supportive, I couldn’t ask for more. ❤️

    Thank you for this JM! 😊
    And I love your review!


  15. I consider myself lucky everyday, just by waking up every morning, being alive and knowing that I’m capable of doing better things. But this last April, I received a recognition from my school for being a consistent Grade 9 honor student. And as I walk right up to the stage, I said to myself that yes, I am lucky and that I can do so much more as I get older. And it wasn’t just me who I considered lucky and proud, but also my friends and family.

    Thank you so much for this chance! 🙂


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