Author: Jennifer E. Smith
Goodreads Synopsis: 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.
My Thoughts: Oh my goodness! I had so much fun reading this book. I was pleasantly surprised with how much I actually enjoyed it. Sure it was fairly predictable and honestly this is another book where the romance was kinda meh for me.
What I really enjoyed about this book was the execution of the story, the writing was fluid and fun. I enjoyed reading the dynamics between the characters, I loved watching Alice grow into herself and I honestly feel like the was the characters grew was fairly honest. I think most people think they are more mature at 17/18 then they really are. I know I look back to that time and think there are things that if I ran into them now I’d react differently.
This is one of those books that I could easily see transition into a movie, perhaps not a movie theater but I could see it be one of those TV movies that Disney does.
Has anyone else read this? What did you think?
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