1. Alice, the main character, has a self to self problem. She feels that she is an Island, a loner in her house. She also tries to live up to her parents reputation and try to please them even though they are not alive. 2. Winning the lottery. This may seem as a huge luck but it adds as a burden on everyone's shoulders.
I have a ¨family¨ that loves me. I'm doing this for me! I don't have to please my parents they are going to love me what ever I do.
The first main part of the book is Teddy getting a lottery ticket for his birthday and winning. This is a main part of the story, especially when most of what happenes to the characters is almost always related to the money.
The next main part that happens in the book is Alice getting into Stanford. She has the choice to go to the place where both her parents died and go to the place her mom was going to go to for collage. She has always dreamed about that. She always knew she was going, except something is really hard to send the, Yes I would like to go there letter. Creating lots of foreshadowing.
At first I thought the climax was winning the lottery, but the true climax is when Alice figures out shes not an Island. That her Aunt loves having her in the family, that she filled a hole in the house. Also her going back to San Francisco, where everything happened, and finding out a true question, is she doing this for herself or her parents.
Traveling to San Francisco and seeing her old house painted a different color. In seeing this she goes back home knowing that change is good. She broke down at seeing her house. Her Uncle doesn't like to talk about her dad, which is his brother. She says what she saw by going and asks if they could talk about him al little more.
On there trip to San Fran. Teddy gave a tip of 1,000 dollars to this girl crying that her mom was very sick and may not live. In doing this she felt the need to pay it forward. In doing this Teddy got the idea of a non-profit organization that gives back to the community by leaving tips or simply giving money to someone who needs it. He thought Alice would love to run it because she always volunteering. Alice refuses and says she would love to help but not run it. She realizes that she has been volunteering because that's what her parents would want her to do, not what she wanted. She wanted to make sure she was pleasing and living up to what her parents used to do. She finds her true self, and realizes that she should be doing things she wants to do.
Pay it forward! When one person leaves a generous tip and that person continues the favor to others. It sends a riple of good deeds.