Book Review: 100 Days of Sunlight By Abbie Emmons

Hey daydreamers! Happy Easter, everyone! As I’m writing this, it’s currently still Easter Sunday and I have no idea if I’ll get this post up by the end of the evening, but oh well. It’s definitely been a different Easter than normal for all of us, and even though we’re camping in our backyard instead of the beautiful state park and we’re watching church from our couch instead of at the service it still doesn’t change the fact that Jesus has Risen. 🙃

My mom always makes these cute and fun Easter baskets to give to us every year (thanks Mom!) and this year, one of the things I got was the book 100 Days of Sunlight by the insanely talented Abbie Emmons! Since I didn’t get a post up yesterday on Saturday like I was supposed to, I decided to post a review of this wonderful and amazing book that I devoured in one sitting. Let’s get straight into the review! ⤵⤵⤵

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 debut 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. AMAZON | BARNES & NOBLE

Source: https://www.100daysofsunlight.com/about-the-book

💛 my thoughts 💛

I read this book in practically one sitting. Most of it I read outside, feeling the sunshine on my face, the warmth of the beautiful Easter spring day enveloping me…ahh, it was the best feeling. 😌 And add on an absolutely amazing, fluffy contemporary book filled with cute characters, ukeleles, blogging, waffles, and the color yellow? YES PLEASE! 💛

From the first page, I was captivated by the story. It goes on to follow Tessa, who’s lost her sight for 100 days, and Weston, who’s determined to show her that there’s beauty in other things besides sight. But then they start falling for each other, and Weston’s afraid she’ll stop treating him like a normal person if she figures out his secret.

First off: I loved (most of) the characters! Weston was my absolute favorite. He’s such an amazing big brother and he makes amazing waffles and is “obnoxiously optimistic” and plays the ukelele. And for some reason, I kept picturing his character as Joshua Basset (except with no legs) the whole time. 😂

I didn’t like Tessa that much at first, and I definitely preferred reading Weston’s chapters a lot more. Especially because sometimes she would write like this:

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It was slightly annoying at first, but then I grew to love her character more and more as the story progressed. It was so cool to “see”, or rather hear, touch, smell, and taste the story and the world through Tessa’s eyes, even though she was blind. And she was so relatable: she’s a writer, has a blog and a super amazing and supportive group of blogging besties, and she writes poetry!

I didn’t care for the character Rudy that much, but I adored Weston’s little brothers and Tessa’s grandparents! And her grandpa’s church and her grandma’s concern for her and Weston’s brothers who literally think he’s a superhero. I loved them all! 💛

Second, the story was amazing! I don’t read very many YA contemporaries (I normally read MG contemporaries or YA fantasy/dystopian), so I was a little worried about the plot going nowhere. It turned out to be a super solid and thoughtful plot, showing the relationship between Tessa and Weston go from hate-to-love with amazing flashbacks to Weston’s past sprinkled in at the perfect moments, and ahh, it was such a cute story! I especially love how it was separated into sections of smell, sound, taste, touch, and sight.

And that cover – I know you shouldn’t judge a book by its cover and everything, but seriously, I can’t stop admiring the cover and all of its gorgeousness. And every little adorable artwork has something significant to do with the story, and you appreciate it so much more after reading the book! At first, I thought the cover was beautiful, but after reading it I was like, “And those are the waffles, and there’s her laptop, and that’s the polaroid camera, and ASFDKASLKDFJ; THAT’S THE YELLOW UKELELE!” The yellowness and aesthetic of it is so gorgeous, and I love the cover so much I ended up taking a ton of aesthetic-looking pictures in the backyard with it. XD

Content: I was very surprised when the characters would swear out of nowhere. One of my main complaints about the book was that sometimes they would say curse words (it wasn’t terribly frequent, thankfully, and I guess it was technically a YA book, so 🤷‍♀️) Also, there were one or two scenes where Weston and Rudy would fight, but it was always a sort of game and it wasn’t described in horribly violent detail or anything. There was also a very brief scene where a creepy dude harasses the main character, Tessa, by grabbing her wrist.

Overall: This book was so incredible! It was a cute, romantic, and poignant read that left me thinking about beauty and made me appreciate the sights I see around me in a whole new way. 10/10 recommend this book and I 11/10 recommend reading it on the porch with a refreshing drink and lots of sunshine. 😉

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Whatdduya know, I finished this by tonight! I hope you guys check out the book because I loved it and think you will, too. Have a happy Easter everyone! Christ has Risen!

Have you ever read this book? Isn’t Abbie Emmons amazing? Do you love waffles? Opinion on the color yellow? Did you like the photos I took? What did your family do for Easter today? (We did online church, Easter baskets, an egg hunt, and me and my sister are going to go camping in our backyard tonight!)

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Top Ten #1 // 10 Summery Songs & Books

Hey Daydreamers! There’s always that one book or that one song, and whenever you read it or when it comes on, you instantly think of summer. Today, I’m going to be sharing some of my favorite books and songs with summery vibes that I could reread or listen to over and over!

✨☀😎 song: “hola” by hollyn ✨☀😎

This is probably one of my favorite songs ever, and also one of the most summery ones I know. This song is bursting at the seams with summer vibes, and it’s by one of my favorite artists. It’s a little repetitive, but it’s such a great song to just chill out to and it has an awesome message!

PS…I did a cover/AG lyric video to this song over at my other blog, American Girl World, if you want to check that out here! (#shamelessselfpromo lol 😄)

✨☀😎 book: 11 before 12 by lisa greenwald✨☀😎

Even though most of 11 Before 12 is about starting middle school, this book is so summery! It’s a super relaxing read about two BFFs who create this bucket list of things they need to do before they turn 12. It’s such a fun novel, and one of my favorite books ever.

The first day of middle school means trading in freeze tag at the pool for new schedules, fabulous outfits, and a fresh start. But for eleven-year-old Kaylan, the chaos of new locker combinations, cafeteria cliques, and potential first kisses is more than she can handle. She dreads the start of sixth grade and feels like she wants—no, needs—a winning game plan.

Luckily, Kaylan and her effortlessly chill BFF, Arianna, have a fool-proof plan for tackling transitions: a list of eleven things they need to do to totally transform themselves before they both turn twelve in November.

But between making guy friends, getting detention (and makeovers!), helping humanity, and having super-candid conversations with their moms about their flaws, the first 100 days of school turn out worse than Kaylan ever imagined. Kaylan and Ari forget to focus on their friendship and soon their loyalty to the list—what was meant to help them keep it together—becomes the very thing tearing their lives apart.

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✨☀😎 song: “chilling in the summertime” by the jonas brothers✨☀😎

As much as I love the Jonas Brothers’ new album, (which I’ve been playing on repeat, btw) Chilling in the Summertime is one of their older songs, and it’s so catchy! This song is insanely summery and super relaxing to listen to. (Plus this music video from their Disney channel show way back when is awesome!!)

✨☀😎 book: the maddie diaries by maddie ziegler✨☀😎

I can’t tell you how many times I’ve read this book (as you can see by the worn cover). It’s so, so, good, and one of my favorite non-fiction books ever! It’s also super summery – I read this by the pool yesterday, and I was soooo relaxed. Basically, it’s Maddie Ziegler’s memoir all about her life as a dancer, actress, model, and fashion designer. It’s filled with fun tips and tricks, and some cool photo inserts, too!

Maddie Ziegler knew one day she’d be a star—she just didn’t know how soon that day would come.

At just eight years old, she was cast on Lifetime’s hit reality show Dance Moms and quickly won the hearts of fans everywhere with her natural talent and determination. Soon, she was capturing attention from all over—including pop superstar Sia, who cast her as her dance double in the incredibly popular music video for her hit song “Chandelier.” The rest, as they say, was history.

In this inspirational memoir, Maddie explains the hard work she put into her rise to stardom and how she keeps her balance along the way—starring in music videos, going on tour, and becoming an actress in The Book of Henry with Naomi Watts and Jacob Tremblay. She also answers her fans’ burning questions with wise advice she’s learned on her journey. With honesty, charm, and humor, Maddie offers her unique perspective on making her way in the entertainment world as a young teenager, reflecting on the lessons she’s learned—and preparing for the exciting road ahead.

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✨☀😎 song: “good memories” by matthew parker✨☀😎

Madi from Life Undefeated recently recommended Matthew Parker’s album “Daydream”, so I tried it out and absolutely loved it! This was one of my favorite songs from the album, and is so summery. It makes me think of a road trip, and totally takes me back to Colorado. I imagine Riley, Unicorn, and me, hanging out in Colorado together…*sighs dreamily*

✨☀😎 book: kenzie’s rules for life by mackenzie ziegler✨☀😎

This book is by Maddie’s little sister, Mackenzie! It’s a lot like Maddie’s book, and it’s packed with tips, recipes, tutorials, quizzes, and more! I love how each chapter is a “rule” for life based on her experiences and adventures. This book is another favorite and a super fun, inspiring read that’s perfect for summer!

An inspirational, upbeat collection of relatable lessons from the teen sensation, Mackenzie Ziegler—an award-winning dancer, singer/songwriter, and actress.

Growing up is hard, but growing up in the spotlight is even harder. However, Mackenzie Ziegler is taking it all in stride, thanks to her positive attitude on life. From getting her start on Dance Moms, to her sold-out tour alongside Johnny Orlando, there’s nothing that she can’t do.

In Kenzie’s Rules for Life, the dance prodigy, singer/songwriter, actress, and model offers her advice on friendship, family, fitness, style, and positivity. She shares lessons drawn from her own experiences for those navigating through their tween years on how to be happy, healthy, and confident in all aspects of their lives.

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✨☀😎 song: “sunflower” by post malone & swan lee✨☀😎

I recently saw Into the Spiderverse (it was pretty good!) and I loved this summery song from it! It has a sweet message and it’s such a cool song. It was super funny in the movie when Miles was listening to it, because I had no idea that it was from Spiderverse until I watched the movie!

✨☀😎 book: jessica darling’s it-list 2 by megan mccaferty✨☀😎

This book is another one that’s set in the school year, but somehow it’s super summery to me. I have no idea why. XD I know it’s kind of weird to put the second book of a duology in a book list, but I haven’t read the first one (although the movie is amazing!) This book tells the tale of an awkward girl who accidentally misinterprets another list her sister gives her to help her survive middle school.

Jessica Darling is getting the hang of seventh grade — finally! While her old BFF, Bridget, is busy talking (nonstop) about her new boyfriend, Burke, Jessica tries to fit in with her new friends, Sara, Manda, and Hope. The IT List instructions from her sister, Bethany, and an epic slumber party may help Jessica secure her spot in the cool clique, but does she even want it?

Megan McCafferty’s It List series introduces readers to Jessica Darling, an unabashedly brainy seventh grader who stays true to herself, even if it means being (totally not) cool. 

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✨☀😎 song: “happier” by marshmello ft. bastille✨☀😎

This song has such a catchy beat that I love listening to! It’s pretty repetitive, but it’s nice to listen to while you’re reading (one of the books on this list! :P) or making art, because it’s super relaxing and helps me focus for some reason. (Psst…check out this awesome Sunflower x Happier mashup that sounds so perfect!!)

✨☀😎 book: jacky ha-ha: my life is a joke by james patterson✨☀😎

This is another book that’s the second one in a duology/series, but this one is so perfect for summer! It’s set in a beach town in New Jersey at a carnival in the ’90s. Seriously, does it get more summery than that? 😛 It’s about this girl named Jacky who has to get a job and ends up working at the carnival, and there’s Shakespeare plays and summer love and icies and it’s so funny! Seriously – I laughed out loud so many times when I read this book.

Jacky Hart has found a hidden talent in the performing arts, and she’s a triple threat onstage! She wants nothing more than to act and sing all summer – but her parents have other plans for her. Jacky reluctantly signs up for a summer job in her resort town of Seaside Heights, New Jersey, where tourists come to enjoy the beach and fun carnival atmosphere.

Now she has serious responsibilities like her job and babysitting her younger sisters, but Jacky longs to perform in the summer stock performance of A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Can she handle all of her important commitments and still have fun with her friends – or will she learn that juggling isn’t one of her many talents?

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And that’s it for this post! If you liked this, don’t forget to give us a like and leave a comment! I really hope you check these books and songs out, and you find your new favorite song or that book you can’t stop rereading!

It’s crazy to think that summer’s ending soon – at least for me. I’m going back to school around August 12 or 13, and I’m kind of excited, but also sad that summer’s almost over. Expect lots of back-to-school posts, along with the rest of my Colorado Travel Diary series!

Thanks for reading, and have an awesome day!

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