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.
Rating: 4 star
I'm of two minds about this book. I really enjoyed the character development and growth of our main female lead, Alice! I thought Ms. Smith did a fantastic job of capturing a teenager on the cusp of adult hood who'd gone through so many tragic events at a young age. She wasn't perfect, and I liked that. She made mistakes, stumbled, and failed. But every time she picked herself up and learned from those experienced. For me, Alice was the best part of the book.
My big problem was with the love interest, Ted. HIs redemption arc was too short. For the mistakes, harshness he'd doled out, there wasn't enough of him making up for it for me to feel satisfied. That being said, I enjoyed the book and where it was going, but the last quarter of it, took away from my overall reading experience.