First Impression – Windfall

From Jennifer E. Smith, author of The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight, comes a story of chance, hope, and the possibility of romance.

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. 

Read the first chapters at First In Line.

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Jennifer E. Smith is the author of seven novels for young adults, including Hello, Goodbye, and Everything in Between, and will be part of the New York City Teen Author Festival Panel: Writing New York City, on March 22.  She earned a master’s degree in creative writing from the University of St. Andrews in Scotland and currently lives in New York City.

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