Hi friends! Today I’m here again to bring you another “She Says, She Says” discussion post! A little while ago, my friend Mollie and I buddy-read Jennifer E. Smith’s new novel – Windfall! We were both really excited to get into this one, so we decided to chat about it together and share our musings and fangirling with y’all!
We talked over four nights, discussing the characters and themes and things that had been happening in Windfall since we spoke previously. Let me tell you – we had a lot of thoughts! Don’t worry, all of them are spoiler free. In short, we both adored Windfall and it’s a must-read for all fans of contemporary.
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.