This is a sweet little page turner of a novel about a young man named Percy L Crandall who wins the lottery. I read a lot of books. Even in the best of books there are sections you have to plow through. This book was entertaining and fun the entire way through.
Percy is a young man with an IQ of 76 who is often mistaken for being mentally retarded.
The book is written in the first person and you can’t help but love the voice and perspective of young Percy. He tells the story of how he came to live with his grandmother after his mother abandoned him and sadly how he and his family reacts after his “Gram” dies suddenly. Following her death, he finds his way in the world through the help of his good friends and he continues on with his life by keeping up the routines he learned from her which include reading the dictionary and buying lottery tickets.
And then he wins the lottery and finds himself $12 million richer. Suddenly, he is everyone’s best friend and even the family that abandoned him wants to “take care of him.”
This story reminds us of things we know, and we hear them from the perspective of Percy’s grandmother in his innocent voice. We know that money can’t buy you happiness and your real friends are always there no matter what.
This is Patricia Wood’s first novel. I found it interesting that her father won the lottery and at the end of the book she thanks him for sharing his insights about how it felt to win. As I said in the title, it’s a cute little novel with a happy ending and it will remind you of all of life’s lessons that you probably learned from YOUR Gram.