100 Days of Sunlight by Abbie Emmons is a story that is uplifting, emotional, and amusing at the same time. The plot is compelling, and it is so far from the clichéd story I had a feeling would arise. The main characters are also complex and charming, and I especially loved Weston. This book surpassed my expectations, and I would definitely recommend it.Title: 100 Days of Sunlight
Author: Abbie Emmons
Publication Date: August 7, 2019
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.
❃ I received this book for free from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review. ❃
Review: 100 Days of Sunlight
This book tells the story of a poetry blogger who loses her sight after a car accident. Her grandparents place an ad in the newspaper looking for someone to help Tessa transcribe her work and are introduced to Weston, a boy with no legs who believes he can help her. However, he has one condition: no one can tell Tessa about his legs. I found this book so inspiring as it demonstrates positivity in the face of hardship. There is a nice balance of lightness and seriousness, and the fact that Tessa doesn’t know anything about Weston’s own disability makes the story ironic and entertaining but also suspenseful as she gets closer and closer to seeing again without knowing the truth. This also makes the story more romantic as it is clear that their relationship is deeper than physical attraction. Overall, I found this to be a strong contemporary that is meaningful.
❀ Lovable Characters
The characters in this book are so lovable, especially Weston. He has such a positive outlook on life and decides that he will not allow his disability to define him but instead make him stronger. He is incredibly patient even as Tessa kicks him out time and time again, and I loved his determination to make a difference in her life despite being a total stranger. I enjoyed the moments when Weston would makes jokes and mess around with people concerning his leg, as this brings humour to the book and the reactions of the overdramatic complainers he outwits are priceless. Tessa is an equally interesting character, and her transformation is empowering. She is understandably upset at the world, but when Weston comes into her life, she starts to open up and have fun again. She is very well-developed, and while I couldn’t really relate to her, it is easy to sympathize with her.
❀ Memorable Story
100 Days of Sunlight is a memorable story of growth and positivity. I loved the concept and the anticipation that comes as Tessa gets closer to regaining her sight and thus learning Weston’s secret. The main characters are also dynamic and enjoyable. I would definitely recommend this one as its message and emotional appeal make it worth the read.