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Windfall by Jennifer E Smith

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.

I've always enjoyed Jennifer's books and this one was no exception. They are always cute YA and I really enjoyed following the story through and seeing how things played out.

Windfall has an interesting idea behind it as it is the story of a girl who bought her long term friend and recent crush a multi million winning lottery ticket for a gift. I enjoyed the story for what it was and seeing how the money changed some aspects of his life completely and how completely changed some of the people around him. I liked that it isn't particularly a romantic novel as most of the story focused on the friendships between the characters more than anything else. I loved really enjoyed seeing the family relationships within the book particularly those between the main character and her aunt and uncle who adopted her at a young age. It was a cute YA read and happily entertained me.

I did however find the main character in particular stubborn to the point of completely irritating which wasn't ideal.