I have read most of Jennifer E. Smith's books. The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight was pretty good, but for the most part, I find her work to be like and forgettable. It isn't bad, and I read them when I come across them, but I couldn't name a character from any of them or even tell you what happens in them beyond the obvious. Windfall, while one of my favorite of hers, falls into that category. If you talk to me next week, I will remember that I read it and that it was pretty good. Light and entertaining. That will be it.
I do like the theme that what we really want, money can't buy. I also like the idea that what we buy reflects who we are. Money matters and not having enough or having too much can become this defining thing. It becomes the entirety of your identity. This is a book in which things very much happen to the characters rather than the character personalities driving the plot. More the way a mystery or thriller might but, you know, a romance. There is nothing wrong with that; I just don't prefer it. It left the characterization a bit thin.
Alice is a little too good and pure. She is heading for Stamford, volunteers regularly, and has two good friends. She is an orphan who lives with her Aunt and Uncle. We don't learn much more about her. What does she like to eat? What does she look like? There are a million things that make up a person, and unfortunately, we don't see these other sides to Alice. This might have been less frustrating if the book hadn't specifically pointed out that people can be more than one thing at a time. I understand that Alice is trying to figure it out, but I could have done with some more clues while I tried to puzzle her out.
Teddy is adorable and charming. He doesn't strike me as the brightest bulb. He is a little too optimistic and impulsive. He is an extreme extrovert. I always find extroverts to be difficult to read about and relate to. Personal bias. There is nothing wrong with wanting to and enjoying other people like you. Just because the attention he goes out of his way to cultivate makes my soul shrivel just to read about does not mean that there is something wrong with him.
Leo is a bit of a throwaway character. I understand what his role in the story is, but he was shunted to the side too much and needed more dialogue. As do his parents. They are very supportive and cool, and I wanted more of them.
This wasn't a bad book by any means. If you like YA romance, then this is a no-brainer. I just would have liked to see more character development. That being said; I will probably read more books by Jennifer E. Smith.
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.