Review: 100 Days of Sunlight by Abbie Emmons

Title: 100 Days of Sunlight

Author: Abbie Emmons

Pages: 311 Pages

Publisher: Self Published

The Blurb

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.

The Review

100 Days of Sunlight is the story of perseverance, growing relationships and acceptance. It follows Tessa, a young girl who has been blinded after an accident. This is a temporary situation, doctors are sure she will see again but she is struggling with this loss of one of her senses. Enter Weston. He refuses to let Tessa wallow in self pity. Tessa does not appreciate the intrusion of Weston in her life. She tries to push him away as much as she can. However, Weston is not that easy to get rid of.

Abbie Emmons young adult novel is really sweet. It is of a similar ilk as Me Before You and The Fault in Our Stars. Her characters are likeable and more importantly believable. You do feel sorry for both characters without feeling pity. This book is important for another reason. It is important due to representation of disability. Fortunately, more and more novels are representing different abilities and not in a negative way. It is all very positive.

100 Days of Sunlight is a sweet story and one that I would recommend.

100 Days of Sunlight by Abbie Emmons is available now.

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