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.
Genre: Contemporary, YA, Romance
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.
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.
Disclaimer: Abbie gave me an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review. Thank you Abbie!
This was Abbie’s debut novel, but from the writing, you couldn’t tell. This book made me laugh, smile, and cry, oftentimes all in the same chapter. And I enjoyed the fact that Abbie told this book in five parts with each part focusing on one of the five senses.
Honestly, I was hooked just from the synopsis and the cover design. (Abbie designed the cover herself!) Then, I started reading and was able to quickly finish the book in two days. It’s told in alternating points of view - Tessa’s and Weston’s. To date, these are my two favorite characters of this year. Both are relatable and well developed. And Weston is the perfect role model.
I also loved how Abbie handled writing characters with disabilities. Weston doesn’t have legs and Tessa is blind, and as a writer with neither disability, I thought Abbie did a wonderful job handling topics I’d never seen described in books before. Overall, the book did an excellent job at showing even when life knocks us down in a particularly hard or unfair way, we can get back up.
My only issue, and it’s really not even an issue, was the poetry. As someone who only likes very specific types of poetry, seeing the little bits of poetry here and there in the book would temporarily jar me out of the story. However, by the end of the book certain lines did stick with me. Particularly the one on page 286 - “Sunlight is everything. And all at once.”
Overall, this was a story about love and perseverance. Romantic love for sure, but also love between family and friends. And personally, whenever I start to feel down, I’m just going to reread the chapter that starts on page 221 when Weston gives a speech at his school. It’s inspiring, uplifting, and gives me all the feels.
P.S. This line made me cry, in public, while I was getting my hair done: (Page 139) “Maybe not the super part...but you’re still a hero. You’re still my hero.”