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Windfall Hardcover – May 2, 2017
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"Smith’s dynamic characters and their complex struggles...will keep readers invested." —Publishers Weekly
"Smith weaves a poignant tale of teens coping with loss and change as they balance on the verge of adulthood...Fans of Morgan Matson’s and Deb Caletti’s books will want to curl up with a box of tissues as they fall under Smith’s storytelling spell." —School Library Journal
“[T]his compelling read, gracefully told, raises issues seldom explored in popular fiction. How can we rationalize life's inequalities? What do we owe, and to whom, when blessed with good fortune? Smart and entertaining, as to be expected from Smith.” —Kirkus Reviews
"Smith taps into the relatable feelings of young love...she skillfully juxtaposes these romantic complications with the struggles of newfound wealth; family and friend conflicts; and each teen’s internal wrestling with the past, present, and future." —VOYA
“Windfall is about all of my favorite things—a girl’s first big love, her first big loss, and—her first big luck.” —Jenny Han, New York Times bestselling author of To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before
“Windfall is perfectly named; reading it, I felt like I had suddenly found something wonderful. It’s a story about love, and luck, and the way our lives can change in an instant. I laughed and cried and bought a lottery ticket the very next day.” —Morgan Matson, New York Times bestselling author of The Unexpected Everything
“Windfall is rich with the intensity of real love—in all its heartache and hope.” —Stephanie Perkins, New York Times bestselling author of Isla and the Happily Ever After
"Windfall is an absolutely brilliant story...you will def want to add this gem to your TBR pile."
—Susane Colasanti, bestselling author of When It Happens
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"Hello, Goodbye, and Everything in Between is the love story of Clare and Aidan, high school sweethearts who spend one last day together before college separates them, possibly forever. It's also the love story of good friends, of home, of what used to be and what's to come. This latest stunner from Jennifer E. Smith will linger in your aching heart. (But it's a good ache. The best kind.) It's an ache that comes from characters who are so real they breathe, and a relatable story that generates feels—lots of them—on every page." —Jennifer Niven, New York Times bestselling author of All the Bright Places
"Smith captures the romantic sparks that fly in unusual situations and the way love can build even when circumstances keep people apart. If you like your romances with a bit of European adventure, some New York glamour, and a lot of honest heart, The Geography of You and Me is for you." —E. Lockhart, New York Times bestselling author of We Were Liars
“A gorgeous, heartwarming reminder of the power of fate.” —The New York Times Book Review on The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight
About the Author
Jennifer E. Smith is the author of seven novels for young adults, including The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight. She earned a master’s degree in creative writing from the University of St. Andrews in Scotland, and her work has been translated into thirty-three languages. She lives in New York City. Follow her on Twitter at @JenESmith or visit her at jenniferesmith.com.
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I do like the theme that what we really want, money can't buy. I also like the idea that what we buy reflects who we are. Money matters and not having enough or having too much can become this defining thing. It becomes the entirety of your identity. This is a book in which things very much happen to the characters rather than the character personalities driving the plot. More the way a mystery or thriller might but, you know, a romance. There is nothing wrong with that; I just don't prefer it. It left the characterization a bit thin.
Alice is a little too good and pure. She is heading for Stamford, volunteers regularly, and has two good friends. She is an orphan who lives with her Aunt and Uncle. We don't learn much more about her. What does she like to eat? What does she look like? There are a million things that make up a person, and unfortunately, we don't see these other sides to Alice. This might have been less frustrating if the book hadn't specifically pointed out that people can be more than one thing at a time. I understand that Alice is trying to figure it out, but I could have done with some more clues while I tried to puzzle her out.
Teddy is adorable and charming. He doesn't strike me as the brightest bulb. He is a little too optimistic and impulsive. He is an extreme extrovert. I always find extroverts to be difficult to read about and relate to. Personal bias. There is nothing wrong with wanting to and enjoying other people like you. Just because the attention he goes out of his way to cultivate makes my soul shrivel just to read about does not mean that there is something wrong with him.
Leo is a bit of a throwaway character. I understand what his role in the story is, but he was shunted to the side too much and needed more dialogue. As do his parents. They are very supportive and cool, and I wanted more of them.
This wasn't a bad book by any means. If you like YA romance, then this is a no-brainer. I just would have liked to see more character development. That being said; I will probably read more books by Jennifer E. Smith.
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