Windfall | Mini Review

Windfall by Jennifer E. Smith

“We have all sorts of words that could describe us. But we get to choose which ones are most important.”
― Jennifer E. Smith, Windfall

Goodreads rating: 3.71 / 5 – My Rating:  ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ / 5


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.



  • The book was written really well. (easy read & easy to understand)
  • Characters were described and created well.
  • All characters had story to tell and I love the fact that it wasn’t just focusing on one main person.
  • Love story was very sweet and cute.
  • Story was thought well and I really enjoyed it.
  • The story made me have mixed feelings which I love in books.


  • WTF is with the ending!? — I didn’t really like the ending. It’s not really that bad I just did not like it. Can’t say my reason because it would be a little bit of a spoiler.


I really liked Windfall. There is nothing bad I could really say about it, except the ending like I have mentioned above. I’d definitely read more books by Jennifer E. Smith. Highly recommend it to everyone that wants something light reading and to people that of course who loves YA books like I do.

About the author

Jennifer E. SmithJennifer 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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