Yes. Yes. Yes. I am so happy I found this book on Netgalley and got the chance to read it.
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.
This book was so well written. It was just over 400 pages and I was up until 3 am just to finish it. The characters are great and so is the story.
I loved Teddy’s character (majority of the time) he was funny and sweet. I was a bit gutted when he didn’t seem interested Alice and was just interested in spending money because he was kind of a jerk about it. But he turned around and became an even better person and it was so great to see that.
Alice was a sweet character, I think her feelings about which university based on her past and all her other struggles were really well written. Not too sad but still making a point. Her idea of being an ‘island’ in regards to her aunt and uncle rather than part of the family is sad, but as that changes we see her feeling like she finally belongs there.
And I loved the secondary character Sawyer, I really would’ve wanted to see more of him. He was so cute and sweet to Alice, I mean he was perfect boyfriend material in my opinion.
I like that the book focused not just on the struggle with the money once won but also with the loss of parents, long distance relationships, university choices and love in general. They were all explored really well and I loved how they all ended.
One of the chapters talks about life going on, how the other people are doing that won the lottery was a really nice addition to the story, it tied everything in nicely.
Definitely recommend this one.
This book will be published on the 4th of May, don’t forget to add it to your TBR list on Goodreads.
Love Mallory x