100 Days of Sunlight | ARC review

Author: Abbie Emmons
Source: E-ARC received through NetGalley
Releases on : Aug 2019
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I requested for this book after seeing its beautiful cover and through the recommendation of a bookstagrammer friend.

Tessa Dickinson is a home-schooled, 4572344816-yr old poetry blogger who lives with her grandparents. She has no friends, except for her blogging community friends who she group-chats with. When Tessa loses her eye-sight in an accident, she becomes miserable and angry and is no longer the same person she was before. In an attempt to cheer her up, her grandparents decide to run a advertisement looking for help – a typist – someone of Tessa’s age to write in her blog while she dictates. Enter Weston Ludovico, son of the newspaper where the ad is about to be printed. He decides to help Tessa even though she refuses it and shuts the door in his face. He loves how he is poorly treated by Tessa not because he is some sick psycho but because he lost his legs three years ago and is tired of people treating him differently. The book describes 100 days of Tessa’s life where she is temporarily blind and how her pessimistic self changes over the period.

When I first began with this book I thought why was Tessa’s character written this way – so pessimistic, so cold and inconsiderate about actual visually impaired people who might be reading it. But let me tell you, this book has been written through the point of view of Tessa, who is recently blind, is unable to accept it and is rightfully angry about it. And there’s a whole lot of sunshine and positive aspects that come up later in the book that makes the initial whining acceptable and realistic.

Weston’s story was sooo good, so so good. I loved how the alternating POV’s were used, from Weston’s past and Tessa’s present. I fell in love with how reckless he is initially showed and how he doesn’t quit and grows through his pain and does not allow the amputation to stump his life. Instead of using all of it to Tessa and giving a TedX talk to her, he gradually shows her there’s so much to life, so much more to experience and I totally loved how obnoxiously optimistic he is. And Weston’s family ? God!! I loved every sibling of his and his mother, his best friend Rudy. They aren’t just secondary characters and I loved how Abbie Emmons has given importance to every one of them.

This isn’t your Insta-love story, because Tessa can’t see and Weston isn’t there to fall in love with her (initially..) but to help her cope up. This isn’t about absent parents, prom dates, drugs or college applications. This is about finding light in the darkness and accepting yourself. This is a heartbreaking-uplifting kinda book that balances out romance, grief, friendship, family and happiness altogether.

“You’re not your asthma,” I continued “or your diabetes or you depression or your anorexia or your social anxiety. You see, most people would look at me and say that I have every right to be miserable. But I don’t. I have no right. And neither do you.”

Obviously, a 5 star read for me, considering it’s a debut that is so beautifully written.

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The FlatShare |Book Review|A Contemporary Romance you need to read..

This is the kind of book that you would want to grab and read after seeing the synopsis.

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Tiffy and Leon share a flat
Tiffy and Leon share a bed
Tiffy and Leon have never met…

Tiffy Moore needs a cheap flat, and fast. Leon Twomey works nights and needs cash. Their friends think they’re crazy, but it’s the perfect solution: Leon occupies the one-bed flat while Tiffy’s at work in the day, and she has the run of the place the rest of the time.

But with obsessive ex-boyfriends, demanding clients at work, wrongly imprisoned brothers and, of course, the fact that they still haven’t met yet, they’re about to discover that if you want the perfect home you need to throw the rulebook out the window…

When Tiffy is in urgent need of a place to stay, she doesn’t mind sharing it with a guy, who is only going to be there during the day. She thinks its a perfect arrangement. Leon’s girlfriend forbids him from seeing the girl who is going to live in his flat, his bed.. He doesn’t know what she is like and starts writing back when she leaves a random note to him. All of sudden there’s notes everywhere n anywhere and they continue to talk through notes, as friends, flatmates.

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Let me list the reasons why I loved the book..

  • I love Epistolary books and its no secret. That doesn’t mean only books written in letter format throughout. Be it any form of communication – Texts, Emails, journal entries etc. Writing notes to each other is the next best thing to have happened with an extra twist of not-seeing-each-other!! 
  • Tiffy was like this protagonist straight outta a Sophie Kinsella book. I felt like that because of the eccentric dressing sense and the occasional naivety.  And Leon is, well he is this absolute introvert and even chapters from his POV were full of pronoun-less sentences that were short and abrupt. Like even thinking aloud in his head is too much of a task for him 😛 But together they form an amazing pair and I loved both of them.

Sometimes find it hard to talk after a long night. Just opening my mouth to form comprehensible thoughts is like lifting a very heavy thing, or like one of those dreams when you need to run but your legs are moving through treacle?

  • Sheds light on important topics like – gaslighting and emotional Abuse. Many of the victims do not realise they are being emotionally abused until someone makes them realise it and Mo and Gerty – Tiffy’s best friends – are absolutely the best friends one could get. I mean Mo is the male best friend every girl needs!. He is without doubt my favourite character.
  • What a cool job Tiffy has!! I envy her so much for that. She is an editor for a publishing house that prints books mostly on DIY. She gets to read and craft for a living!!
  • Every other character in the book is so good – Mo, Gerty, Rachel, Richie.

TBH I loved the first 60 % of the book. It was fun to read. It got a bit dull later and had a predictable ending, which is fine because of the initial hook that the story pulls you with. Kudos to Beth O’Leary for a very satisfying debut!

The book releases on May 28th in the US!.

I gave it a 4 star rating because of the lack of surprise in the last few chapters.

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99 Percent Mine |Book Review

I liked Sally Thorne’s first book ‘The Hating Game’ and was waiting to pick up her next book, ’99 Percent Mine’.

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This book is about Darcy Barrett, photographer-turned-bartender who is living her life away from parents and twin brother Jaime, in her grandmother’s house – a house that both the twins inherit after her death. Darcy has always been the outcast of the family coz Jaime outshines her and takes away all the attention and glory. Even the best photographer award she won when she was a teen? Jaime was the model and his ginormous head grows double its size after the award. The only thing she wants for herself and cannot have – Tom Valeska – who was first spotted by Darcy outside their house as a kid, invited into the family by Darcy, but taken ownership 99% by Jaime as his best friend. There’s always a constant struggle between the twins and Tom is the guy who balances them out. Now years later, Jaime wants to re-sell grandma’s house after restoring it to its former glory. And who, but Tom Valeska is the person he brings in for help.

I went in to the book expecting the same magic or witty banter thats in The Hating Game. Here, both Tom and Darcy bicker a lot and sometimes whatever Darcy does , didn’t make sense to me at all. I was this close to DNF’ng the book.

There’s this slow burn romance throughout the book and it was hella disappointing at how it felt dragging and lacking a spark. I mean both of them like each other, so what’s the point of dragging it till the end :O

The characters – Tom Valeska is portrayed as this perfect guy, a dream for every girl and the one Darcy keeps comparing with every other guy. But, I felt sad for him because of the way Darcy treats him??!! And Darcy – I hated her throughout the book. She was this self-entered, snobbish, whiny first world person and I know that flawed characters make the book realistic but this was too much to take in. She blurts things at random and is very unpredictable.

Overall, I went in with 100% expectations and felt defeated. The book doesn’t keep up with Sally Thorne’s debut but if you haven’t read her first book or read it and didn’t like it either, my recommendation would be to skip this one.

My rating 2.75 stars.

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