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Windfall
2017
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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."<br> <br> 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 . <br> <br> 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.<br> <br> She bought a winning lottery ticket. He collected the cash. Will they realize that true love's the real prize?<br> <br> Featured in Seventeen Magazine's "What's Hot Now"<br> <br> " Windfall is about all of my favorite things --a girl's first big love, her first big loss, and--her first big luck."<br> -- JENNY HAN , New York Times bestselling author of To All the Boys I've Loved Before <br> <br> " Windfall is perfectly named; reading it, I felt like I had suddenly found something wonderful. "<br> -- MORGAN MATSON , New York Times bestselling author of The Unexpected Everything <br> <br> " Windfall is rich with the intensity of real love -- in all its heartache and hope."<br> -- STEPHANIE PERKINS , New York Times bestselling author of Isla and the Happily Ever After <br> <br> "If you're looking for your next great read, then you're in 'luck!'" -- Justine Magazine
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  School Library Journal Review

Gr 9 Up-When Alice purchases a lottery ticket for her best friend Teddy's 18th birthday, winning is the last thing on her mind. Especially since the last number she picks for the ticket is 13-the date on which both of her parents died, exactly 13 months apart. But today is different. It's Teddy's lucky day, and Teddy's life is about to change forever. Teddy has been living in a one-bedroom apartment with his mother since his father gambled away their savings, lost their home, and skipped town. He and Alice have been best friends ever since Alice moved in with her aunt and uncle after her parents died. Recently though, Alice has realized that their friendship has deepened to love, and a birthday kiss seems to indicate that Teddy may feel the same. But now Teddy's windfall leaves him distracted and changed. Alice feels responsible for helping him navigate his new life and adult concerns while she explores her own feelings toward the money. Her hope is that Teddy will learn that there is more than one way to be rich. Narrator Tonya Cornlisse deftly portrays the various character voices and emotions throughout the story. VERDICT Although the ending is a bit too tidy, listeners in search of a weighty romance will be rewarded with this satisfying love story. Recommended for most YA collections.-Lisa Hubler, Charles F. Brush High School, Lyndhurst, OH © Copyright 2017. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

  Booklist Review

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 ticket and 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.--Reagan, Maggie Copyright 2017 Booklist
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