Windfall by Jennifer E. Smith

Rating – 4/5

“Alice has been in love with her best friend, Teddy, for the last three years. On his eighteenth birthday she buys him a lottery ticket, and to their astonishment he wins the jackpot. The two of them are suddenly thrown together with the world at their feet. And when Teddy finally decides how to spend his money, who better to go on that adventure with him than Alice? But money can’t buy you love, and Alice and Teddy are about to find out more about themselves and each other than they ever could have imagined.”

I really enjoyed this book! It was a really cute contemporary with a hidden depth that I would highly recommend to anyone.

Although I didn’t feel a connection to any of the characters, I liked them all and their interaction with each other. I don’t believe they were really any different to your average YA contemporary characters but they were a lot of fun. There is quite a heavy focus on romance but at times it does take a back seat as the characters learn about themselves and face challenges. The story deals with grief and loss, as well as materialism and wealth which is quite unique for a YA contemporary. Like Alice, you find yourself getting annoyed with Teddy as he spends his money on frivolous things like games and expensive watches but it also makes you realise that you would probably do exactly the same in his situation. The romance was sweet and fluffy but I enjoyed how the characters focussed on themselves as well as their relationships.

I don’t really have much else to say about this book. It was super cute and really enjoyable – I highly recommend and I will most definitely be picking this book up again.

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