October 07, 2019

#BookReview: 100 Days of Sunlight by Abbie Emmons


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.


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About the Author: ABBIE EMMONS has been writing stories ever since she could hold a pencil. What started out as an intrinsic love for storytelling has turned into her lifelong passion. There's nothing Abbie likes better than writing (and reading) stories that are both heartrending and humorous, with a touch of cute romance and a poignant streak of truth running through them. Abbie is also a YouTuber, singer/songwriter, blogger, traveler, filmmaker, big dreamer, and professional waffle-eater. When she's not writing or dreaming up new stories, you can find her road-tripping to national parks or binge-watching BBC Masterpiece dramas in her cozy Vermont home with a cup of tea and her fluffy white lap dog, Pearl. If you want to see Abbie in her element (ranting about stories) just type her name into YouTube and search.

Rating: 🌟🌟🌟🌟
My Review: I wanted this book because of the cover and man the love didn't stop there.  I almost DNFed this one because Tessa was being a whiny and it was really getting to me.  But then I really took a second to think about how I would feel if I was in an accident and lost my sight and now I had to wait for 100 days to see if your going to get it back.  So I kept my loathing for her to a minimum and tried to really feel where she was coming from.  And I am happy that I did.  This was one kick butt indie title that I could not put down!!  It had everything that I was looking for in a contemporary novel and I will be back for more!! 


The pacing was great as was the writing.  I never felt lost or confused.  The characters were all there and present and everyone had a job to do.  I really loved the mystery surrounding the POV being from two different characters.  It gave the title a well rounded storyline to follow!  

I can't wait to see what book Emmons comes out with next.  And I will really need to get a finished copy of this one soon!! 




Advance praise for 100 Days of Sunlight:

"100 Days of Sunlight by Abbie Emmons is a rare gem of a book, from the gorgeous cover, all the way through to the final page. I was completely charmed by the story of Tessa and Weston, and loved bearing witness to their beautiful journey. This is an emotional, heart-rending read that will trigger all of the feels, and will have you falling in love with Tessa and Weston. Beautifully written and stunningly profound, I devoured every insightful word of this story. I highly recommend treating yourself to this lovely book."
- Reader Review

"I breezed through this warm and fuzzy story! It had me laughing out loud, shedding a few tears and rooting for Tessa and Weston. A great uplifting read!"
- Reader Review

"100 Days of Sunlight is a book that works for both middle grade and high school students. ... As the mom of a middle grade reader, I will definitely purchase a copy of this (when it is available in book form) for my 12 year old to read. As a high school English teacher, I also feel that this will be a great addition to our school library due to the content and the powerful message of hope and resilience."
- Teacher Review

"I absolutely loved this book. Tessa and Weston were both really interesting characters.Their journey was fantastic. ... This is an extremely clean YA book, so it's a great book for pre-teens and teens."
- Librarian Review

"I quite enjoyed this novel, it was a quick read but positive, uplifting and very much what you need for a pick me up. The themes of disability and healing are treated beautifully and I particularly loved how much it stressed 'there's nothing you can't do'. ... I would recommend this to anyone who wanted to have some positive and good and healthy disability representation in their lives."
- Reader Review

"I absolutely adored this book and will purchase a copy for my classroom library when it is published. What a cute twist on YA love story. ... This would also be great to be adapted to a movie as well."
- Teacher Review

"This was a compellingly sweet story of two teenagers finding first love in the most charmingly unfortunate way. Everything about it feels so raw and realistic. I look forward to reading more of her work in the future."
- Bookseller Review

"Emmons crafts beautiful characters, whose lives you can't help but dive headfirst into, whose goals and ambitions become your own as quickly as their trials and conflict. She possesses an understanding of the hope that comes with a teenage love and the heartbreak which so often holds its hand. Bringing you back to a time when you first felt that fleeting rush of butterflies and adrenaline and transporting you into another world. ... Her book makes the ordinary extraordinary, within her writing she uncovers the joy of everyday life and gives you a feeling of optimism that will last long after you've turned the final page."
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