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.
Windfall’s story is pretty straightforward in some ways – a trio of best friends, one gifts a lottery ticket to the other on their birthday, and becomes a winner. Their lives change in ways they never dreamed of. Lesson learned in the relation between money, happiness and relationships. I mean, it is pretty predictable if you look at it like that. But this story is also very character-driven – it doesn’t take the ‘Windfall’ at just the monetary description. It goes into how things change your life and how sometimes change is a good thing, and not something to be afraid of. This story doesn’t just focus on Teddy’s life changing when he goes from a poor guy to an extremely rich one – it focuses on Alice’s response to the changes in her life, her letting of her past and learning to move on to better things. And also somewhat about Leo learning that not everything in the universe is held on a balance of good times versus bad. It is a coming-of-age novel that is heartwarming and melancholy at the same time.
Received an advance reader copy in exchange for a fair review from Random House Children’s, via Netgalley.