Rating: 4 Bookworms
Short and Sweet Summary: When Maddie wins the lottery, after buying a ticket on a whim, she thinks that all of her problems are gone but can money truly buy happiness?
Genre: YA Contemporary
I sat on my bed and stared at my bank balance on my phone. Thirty-three million, five hundred fifty-six thousand, two hundred and six dollars and forty-two cents.
This is the perfect beach read for 2017. Light, fun, and charming this book had me hooked from the first page. It’s perfect tale of love, family, and how being a multimillionaire doesn’t always solve all of your problems–shocking, I know.
…I leaned against the counter and covered my face with my hands. I was a multimillionaire. All our problems were about to disappear. This was what true happiness felt like, I was sure of it.
We’ve all heard the saying ‘Money can’t buy you happiness’ but this book really delves into the concept. When, on a whim, Maddie buys a lottery ticket on her 18th birthday the last thing she expects is to actually win. However, the next day she learns that she is now $50 million richer and is positive that all of her problems are about to go away. The financial strain was a heavy burden in her household, bringing with it arguments and depression. I think that many people can relate to this because who hasn’t struggled with money at one point in their life?! I’m so impressed with people that are so fiscally responsible because I’m still trying to navigate this new adult world and it’s been rough at times. Financial strain is one of the leading causes of divorce and its no wonder why, the stress of it would drive anyone insane.
To me having a boyfriend seemed like it would take up even more time than being popular. I’d never seen a case where a boy didn’t become a distraction from school. And right now, I was in a committed relationship with school. It was my boyfriend.
Throughout the book I could really see myself in Maddie and this was one of those times. I pretty much didn’t date throughout high school and college because I didn’t have the time or mental capacity to delegate to it. While in some books seeing a character push away someone whom they clearly like is often annoying and frustrating I found Maddie’s situation to be understandable and relatable. I found myself sympathizing with her because
hello been there wrote the book it’s tough being vulnerable especially senior year when already everything is starting to change and you don’t know where you might end up or where your friends will go.
“You need to be more cautious. Less trusting,” she said.
Less trusting. What did she mean? I didn’t get to have friends? Or talk to my friends about anything? Or maybe I just couldn’t make new friends. I put my hand on my forehead.
Was this my life now?
I found myself at regular intervals having to put the book down and walking away because I would get so frustrating with Maddie and how trusting and naive she was to complete strangers. It’s not a surprise that people come out of the woodwork when someone wins the lottery hoping to get their hands on some of the money but for some reason she wasn’t suspicious of anybody. She would sign legally binding documents without consulting anybody and started hanging out with people that didn’t even know she exited before she won. I just wanted to shake her! Where were her parents?! Why wasn’t anybody guiding her through this? She thought that money would solve all of her problems but instead it just brought on a whole slew of problems that she never dreamed of. Who could she trust?
Sometimes life had a way of changing perfect plans. Of presenting new plans. And if I couldn’t change or adapt, how was I ever going to survive?
At the end of the day peoples true colors reveal themselves in due time and Maddie learns that the hard way. She learns that she just needs to remain true to herself and not worry about other peoples problems or fight their fights. While money can ease the financial strain it won’t fix the cracks in the foundation that were already there. I think that the lesson to be learned here is that money can’t buy happiness…but it doesn’t hurt either!
Maddie doesn’t believe in luck. She’s all about hard work and planning ahead. But one night, on a whim, she buys a lottery ticket. And then, to her astonishment —
In a flash, Maddie’s life is unrecognizable. No more stressing about college scholarships. Suddenly, she’s talking about renting a yacht. And being in the spotlight at school is fun… until rumors start flying, and random people ask her for loans. Now, Maddie isn’t sure who she can trust.
Except for Seth Nguyen, her funny, charming coworker at the local zoo. Seth doesn’t seem aware of Maddie’s big news. And, for some reason, she doesn’t want to tell him. But what will happen if he learns her secret?
With tons of humor and heart, Kasie West delivers a million-dollar tale of winning, losing, and falling in love.
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