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.
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This book was fantastic. If you loved Five Feet Apart, you will also love this. Due to it being a YA book, it was a quick read. However, the depth of the characters and their relationships was astonishing. This book examined so many different facets of love. A parents’ love for their children, a grandparents ‘ love for their granddaughter, a love between friends, and a first love between two young people.
John Green fans get ready, 100 Days of Sunlight will have you laughing, awing, and crying just like "The Fault in Our Stars". I thoroughly enjoyed the journey and evolution of our main characters Weston and Tessa. The supporting characters were also beautiful gems of insight and joy placed perfectly throughout the book. Wes and Tessa weave webs of mystery for each other throughout the story and it comes together in a culmination of beautiful sunlight. The author allowed you deep insight into each of these teenagers and in a salty, sweet mash up throw in much needed humor and lightheartedness to the mix. I found such beauty in the birds and Westons' rendition of his love story with Tessa that I could have exploded with joy. This book moved at the perfect tempo, nothing felt rushed, and the ending was superb. I truly fell in love with these characters and I believe that you will too. I would definitely recommend this to anyone who loves the Teen/Young Adult/Coming of Age genre.
Oh what a light and unforgettable read this was! The story is unique with amazing characters which are developed beautifully. Readers of Eleanor & Park will enjoy this one.
100 DAYS OF SUNLIGHT is, by far, one of my favorite books of all time! Not only is it a real, bright, (at times brooding), emotional rollercoaster. But it is, for me, deeply relatable and personal. While there are books out there in the ether with themes of overcoming and bravery in the face of a daily challenge such as disability... I haven't felt quite like a story "gets me" as much as 1DOS. The author, Abbie Emmons, delves into the gritty emotions of struggling day to day when you think you'll never see or walk again. Her main characters, Tessa and Weston, help each other realize the potential that Life has all around them -- even when you're faced with the loss of one or more of your senses. Tessa, blogger, neat-freak, and writer extraordinare, is blind -- injured in a car accident. Weston, daredevil, big brother, and all-around good guy, is an amputee -- injured in a moment of playful daring-do with his friends and brother. Together, they navigate the little triumphs and pitfalls of adapting to new life. What do you do when Life has beaten you down and you have no choice but to keep going? You adapt and keep going. I understand this all too well, met with challenges all my life. Though not an amputee, a condition called Cerebral Palsy has more or less broken the nerve signals between my brain and legs... Making it difficult and nigh impossible to walk. I am wheelchair bound after a lifetime of medical problems and personal choices... But I do not let it stop me. I live alone, pay my own bills, see my friends, graduated college, and even published my own Novel... All because I refuse to let one small lack in my Life define me. As Weston says, "You're not your asthma... or your diabetes or your 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... You have a life." I constantly have to remind myself to keep going, even when my own mind turns against me. I am a perpetual worrier and I overthink everything. I regularly get stiff legs and am in pain often. I have to crawl in my house sometimes to get from point A to point B. Then I'm in a wheelchair the rest of the time. Some days, the struggle to get up or get out is so tough I cry. I get scared when I wonder why my Life unfolded the way it has. I have anxiety, I have Cerebral Palsy, but I am not these diagnoses. And I Refuse, just like Weston and Tessa, to let them Define Me. Anyway... If you want a cozy, happy, sad, fun, wild, relatable-as-fuck read... Look no further than 100 DAYS OF SUNLIGHT by Abbie Emmons.
Thank you to NetGalley for my ARC of this book. WOW! I read this book in a little over 24 hours. It made me smile, laugh, and blush! Tessa and Weston gave me all the butterflies! I absolutely loved following their journeys. Even more so than their sweet romance, Tessa and Weston’s perspectives on struggle and hardship haunt me. Since finishing this book, I’ve caught myself appreciating the little things in life more. This story made me soak up all the wonderful senses I experience in life. I will be recommending this book to all my friends! Thank you, Abbie, for writing this beautiful book! You have a true gift. Tessa’s story will stay with me for a long time.
Disclaimer: I was given an advance reading copy of this book via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. Thanks to Abbie Emmons for the opportunity! OH MY GOD, WHERE DO I START? When I first saw this book on NetGalley, I've never heard about Abbie Emmons before. But I was so drawn to the story and the cover was so perfect. I thought to myself that this could be one of my favorites of 2019 (no kidding!) because it was calling to me and guess what? IT DID NOT DISAPPOINT! Weston and Tessa's characters are so relatable in the sense that even if this is not a usual happening in our daily lives, there are people who experience what both of them are experiencing. It's truly about how you make every second count by not giving up on things that matter. That sometimes, all you need is one big push (and that push might just be a person and not an instance). I also love how family played a large role in the plot. From Tessa's grandparents, to Weston's brothers, you could see how love is shown in different aspects of the story. I also truly ship Weston and Rudy's relationship. It's the kind of bromance that's so cute yet so important. I could go on and on, and we'll never finish. But I really couldn't recommend this book enough. I could see myself talking about this book and recommending it to the people I know. Abbie Emmons definitely left an indelible mark on my heart. I'm not ashamed to say that.