Marina Berghman is a classical piano prodigy, with parents who’ve had her life mapped out since she was in diapers. But their plan leaves no room for her secret love of alternative rock, or Sean, the edgy guitarist who recently moved to town.
When Marina buys a lottery ticket on her eighteenth birthday via the new Windfall app, she expects it to be nothing more than a rite of passage. But she wins—the grand prize of five thousand dollars a day for life. Suddenly given the means to break free from a life she never felt in control of, she’s quick to cut her family ties and turn her back on everything she knows.
But her lottery win was no lucky break. Her prize comes with strings attached, and Marina soon finds herself at the center of someone else’s life or death game. When she discovers evidence linking her dad to the intrigue, she turns to Sean for help. But he’s harboring secrets of his own.
Now Marina must sort out who to trust and who’s pulling the strings, before her prize turns into a noose.
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Loved the storyline and how the characters were developed. I didn’t want it to end.
Beware of Winning Lottery Tickets! The Windfall App By Teresa Richards Marina Berghman is about to get the opportunity of a lifetime. Having celebrated her 18th birthday with the purchase of a lottery ticket (which would total upset her father if he found out, btw) Marina and her best friend Darya Cruz are eagerly awaiting the drawing not focusing on the silent auction school fundraiser going on around them. But when Marina 's ticket wins they are beside themselves even though they have no idea what she has won. But having the winning ticket isn't everything she thought it would be. First, her father is dead set against her claiming the prize - worse he's forbidden it. Well, Marina knows the money is needed for college and her father's business so her only choice is to go against her parents. After all, it's just money and she is totally convinced that her father is way overreacting. Okay, maybe some of his reasons are good but it's not like she is a gambler and this is going to set her on the path of ruin. It was just one lottery ticket. But when her father lays down the law Marina is so out of there - just one little problem she has no place to stay until her winnings are released. And that is just the start of her problems - with no one to turn to for advice she is basically on her own - and with a very small bank account and domestic skills not quite there she looking at some slim days for the next week plus. And all this while trying to juggle school and find a lawyer to help her understand all the legalese she has to sign. And she has friends galore crawling out the woodworks, bus seats, cafeteria tables - 99% of whom she's never even met before. What's a girl to do!! But one bright spot in this whole mess is Sean the really (I mean, really) nice guy she meets on the trolley. He seems to totally get her and she's more than happy to have another person at her side who doesn't seem interested in what her new-found fortune can do for them. But when things start to go really bad Marina isn't sure whom she can trust - and lives are at stake. Can she save the lives of those she cares about or will she totally blow it? This is a fun read that teens will love. Marina is given the chance to get out from under the pressures and expectations of her parents. But sometimes growing up and having to make the big decisions is a whole lot harder than it looks especially without any advice from the people who loved and shaped the first eighteen years. There is a touch of romance and a definite dose of mystery in this one. This also a journey of self-discovery and learning just what has value in one's life. News Flash sometimes the things your parents warn you against doing truly are with your best interests at heart but sometimes we need to go out and make the big mistake to realize that. I was provided a complimentary copy of this book with no expectation but my honest review - all opinions expressed are my own.