Windfall: {ARC Review +Blog Tour}

Publication date: May 2nd, 2017
Publisher: Delacorte Press
Series: None
Format: ARC
Source: ALAMW

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 stumbled upon Windfall at ALA-MW in January. There was a tall advertisement for it towards the front of the Georgia World Congress Center. The colors in the cover immediately caught my eye, so when I went down to the exhibits, I saw it on the floor and picked up a copy after reading what it was about. It definitely intrigued me from the synopsis and cover alone. 

Windfall tells the story of three friends: Teddy, Leo, and Alice, and how one silly birthday gift changed their lives forever. 

Alice's character was my favorite, because despite everything that she had been through, she was still optimistic and hopeful about the world. Alice was humble and kind. She enjoyed helping out those less fortunate than her. I felt so bad for her because you could tell that she was struggling with herself because she wanted to please her dead parents, and so she wasn't 100% sure what she wanted to do for herself. 

Leo was also a fun character, even if he was only a secondary. He may seem like a light hearted guy, but deep down he was also struggling with some things. 

Teddy was my least favorite out of the trio. He was extremely irritating for the majority of the book. Once he finds out that he won the lottery, he changes into this completely different person. His first thought should have been to take care of his mother and move her out of their one bedroom apartment in which she sleeps on a couch, but instead he's blowing the money on sports cars and exotic vacations for his sports team. Don't get me wrong, I think everyone would buy silly things if they won the lottery, but his first priority should have been a new home for his mother. 

I felt really sorry for Sawyer. He seemed like such a kind and genuine person, and he was just kind of pushed to the side. 

Windfall's pacing was perfect for me. It was spaced out over the span of six months, which I thought was a perfect amount of time to tell this story. The topics covered in the story were also brilliantly done. There was love, loss, friendship, family, and of course winning the lottery and the consequences that can come with that. 

The entire book felt very realistic and raw. There were real issues with real emotions. 

My only gripe with Windfall was how it ended. I would have liked to see an epilogue that told us where the trio was at in their lives a year after the lottery win. I think that would have wrapped everything up nicely, especially since I was not ready for it to end. 

Overall, this was a fun and quick read with relatable characters and issue. 

Thank you Delacorte Press for allowing me to grab this at ALAMW! 

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