Written by Jennifer E. Smith

This was a great read! I found myself wanting to read just one more chapter each time I picked it up. This was a sweet story, and one that I feel people can relate to. While we won’t all win the lottery, it is true that we all have bad things happen in life. Overcoming those trials and finding joy in the things we do have is easier said than done. It was sad, fun, romantic, and entertaining in different ways. So glad I picked this one up. I will definitely be reading more books by Jennifer E. Smith!

Review by Trinda Burdett, Granite Educational Technology Dept.
Rating: ★★★★✩ (4 stars)
Interest Level: Grades 10-12

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.

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Written by Jennifer E. Smith
Delacorte Press
432 pages
Release Date: May 2, 2017
A review copy was provided by the publisher.

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