Review: Windfall by Jennifer E Smith

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Summary:

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.

My Thoughts:

First of all, yes- this book is super predictable as far as the story goes.

That said, it is also a cute story that I got completely immersed in and could not put down.

I’d had an ARC of Windfall for MONTHS and finally decided to read it since it was close to the release date. The next thing I knew, it’d been a few hours and I was halfway into the book. I finished the second half two days later (I’m busy, y’all!) and it held my attention just the same way.

So, sure, the story of winning a lottery ticket might be  predictable in its aftermath, but I still loved the journey just the same.

There was a secondary love interest that I almost wish had not even been in the story because there was so little development to that. In fact, at one point I thought he’d show up again, but nope…never to be heard from again.

I did love Alice’s struggle of finding her place and figuring out what she wanted to do with her life amidst the drama of her friend, and crush, Teddy winning the lottery. Alice had a rough childhood, so I was almost more interested in how she was going to turn out than I was in what was going to happen between her and Teddy.

This was only the second book I’d read from Jennifer Smith, but I definitely intend to read more soon.

Windfall releases tomorrow (May 2, 2017), so go ahead and order it for your fun read for summer.

Review: The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight

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Book Info:

Who would have guessed that four minutes could change everything?

Today should be one of the worst days of seventeen-year-old Hadley Sullivan’s life. Having missed her flight, she’s stuck at JFK airport and late to her father’s second wedding, which is taking place in London and involves a soon-to-be stepmother Hadley’s never even met. Then she meets the perfect boy in the airport’s cramped waiting area. His name is Oliver, he’s British, and he’s sitting in her row.

A long night on the plane passes in the blink of an eye, and Hadley and Oliver lose track of each other in the airport chaos upon arrival. Can fate intervene to bring them together once more?

Quirks of timing play out in this romantic and cinematic novel about family connections, second chances, and first loves. Set over a twenty-four-hour-period, Hadley and Oliver’s story will make you believe that true love finds you when you’re least expecting it.

My Thoughts:

I got Statistical Probability a couple months back when the ebook was on sale due to promoting Jennifer E. Smith’s latest book. Granted, I’d never read any of her books, but it was on sale and sounded like one that I’d enjoy.

It was SO FUN!

I’d actually found myself in a bit of a rut and couldn’t finish a book to save my life, so I picked this one on my kindle just on a whim thinking maybe, just maybe, it’d be the book that I’d finally finish.

I couldn’t STOP reading it. I was invested in Hadley’s story and I loved how open, but yet still mysterious, Oliver was.

I was rooting for Hadley to maybe, hopefully patch things up with her family. Her family’s relationship was the most realistic thing to me. Lots of people know exactly how Hadley felt about her family.

This was such a good story and I’m now looking forward to reading more from Smith, but I still suggest maybe checking this one out first before any of her others. I hope that they’re all this fun because I loved this one!

-Melanie

Stuck

There’s nothing that I hate more than getting stuck in a rut and being unable to finish a book.

Sure, I may LIKE what I’m reading, but I’m not invested enough to trudge through and finish for whatever reason.

That just happened to me and it happens frequently!

I have shelves that are slammed full and a loaded kindle, but I couldn’t come up with anything to read really, so I decided to pick a book that I recently purchased on my kindle, Jennifer E Smith’s The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight.

So far, so good! I started it while I was eating my lunch today and didn’t want to put it down and get back to work. I mean…it’s okay for a librarian to read on the job, right? No? Okay 😦

What does anyone else do when stuck and unable to finish a book?

Ask for suggestions? Pick something at random?

-M