100 Days Of Sunlight by Abbie Emmons
Expected Publication: August 2019
Synopsis: When 16-year-old poetry blogger Tessa Dickinson is involved in a car accident and loses her eyesight for 100 days, she feels like her whole world has been turned upside-down.
Terrified that her vision might never return, Tessa feels like she has nothing left to be happy about. But when her grandparents place an ad in the local newspaper looking for a typist to help Tessa continue writing and blogging, an unlikely answer knocks at their door: Weston Ludovico, a boy her age with bright eyes, an optimistic smile…and no legs.
Knowing how angry and afraid Tessa is feeling, Weston thinks he can help her. But he has one condition — no one can tell Tessa about his disability. And because she can’t see him, she treats him with contempt: screaming at him to get out of her house and never come back. But for Weston, it’s the most amazing feeling: to be treated like a normal person, not just a sob story. So he comes back. Again and again and again.
Tessa spurns Weston’s “obnoxious optimism”, convinced that he has no idea what she’s going through. But Weston knows exactly how she feels and reaches into her darkness to show her that there is more than one way to experience the world. As Tessa grows closer to Weston, she finds it harder and harder to imagine life without him — and Weston can’t imagine life without her. But he still hasn’t told her the truth, and when Tessa’s sight returns he’ll have to make the hardest decision of his life: vanish from Tessa’s world…or overcome his fear of being seen.
100 Days of Sunlight is a poignant and heartfelt novel by author Abbie Emmons. If you like sweet contemporary romance and strong family themes then you’ll love this touching story of hope, healing, and getting back up when life knocks you down. (Taken from Goodreads)
** I received a free ARC of this book via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.**
Aaaagh! I’m in love with this book!—which is also the MOST adorablest book I have ever read. It could not get any cuter. End of discussion.
The swearing wasn’t necessary. It wasn’t excessive, and it didn’t affect my overall opinion of the story. But it also added nothing to character development or plot. It was just unnecessary.
The beginning was a *little* convienent. Weston happens to find the ad at just the right time, he happens to be randomly interested, and he suddenly feels like he needs to talk to Tessa, just out not nowhere? It felt a little unrealistic/forced.. Especially since this story takes place in modern times, but people of today don’t really rely on newspaper ads.
Another neutral—I really didn’t like how Tessa was the homeschooler whose closest friends are Internet friends she’s never met… That’s not the reality for most of us…:)
Mmmmkay, so Weston and Tessa were THE most adorablest.
Weston was such a vivid character—I was impressed by his authentic contradictory nature, his genuine emotion, and his transperancy to the reader—and, to an extent, to the other characters. His friendship was Rudy was fantastic! Strong guy friendships aren’t something that shows up a lot in fiction, but Emmons pulled it off so skillfully. I also loved watching Weston interact with his brothers.
Tessa was also phenomenal. Emmons shied away from nothing with Tessa. Tessa could be such a horrid character, but it was still impossible NOT to like her. The growth in her character was so gently painted and soo honest and genuine. It brought me so much joy to watch her grow!
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Her relationship with Weston, which was, I repeat, THE CUTEST THING EVER, also brought me so much joy 😀 Especially because of how sweetly innocent and clean it was! There was one scene Tessa feels Weston’s face and thinks about what it feels like, but that’s because she’s blind and Weston is being just so sweet and showing her to reconnect with her other senses— like touch! Other than that, they kiss at the end of the story without any details—that’s it. It was so refreshing to read such an adorable love story without any uncomfortable or weird aspects!
Lastly, the story was excellently paced. A little predictable at times, but it didn’t ruin the story. Generally, I just loved this sweet, original, adorable story so much. I can’t wait to see what else the author comes out with!
Characters swear a couple times.
RATING: 4.5 / 5.0
(.5 removed for language)