Tessa needs to learns how to punch Life in the face.*
Tessa Dickinson has lost her sight for 100 days. A car accident took her whole life and flipped it upside-down, leaving the 16-year-old poet feeling like she may never have a reason to be happy again. Her grandparents, refusing to let her wallow in darkness for the summer, place an ad in a local newspaper for a typist to help Tessa write again. What they don’t expect to knock on their door is a boy with too much optimism, determination, and no legs.
She needs to learn how to hear. And taste. And smell. And feel. She needs to realize that there is more than one way to see the world.*
Weston is set on helping Tessa realize that she doesn’t need her sight to be happy. And since she can’t see his disability, she treats him like a person, screaming at him, fighting his help, and eventually letting him type poetry for her. Together, the two learn to navigate through the darkness for 100 days, growing closer than they thought was possible. But Weston is terrified of what Tessa will think of him when her sight returns. Will he stay and tell her the truth, or will he vanish from sight again?
Sure, a lot has been taken away from Tessa—but not everything. She still has four other senses, four other ways to find the beauty in the world.*
I would recommend 100 Days of Sunlight for ages 17+. There is some mature language and teen romance to be aware of, as well as some elements of mental and physical health that could be triggering. This novel would fall under the contemporary and romance genres and was written and published by Abbie Emmons in 2019. A beautifully written book with raw emotions, real characters, and a strong aesthetic. 4.5 out of 5 stars.
I’ll teach her.
I’ll teach her how to see the world without actually seeing the world.
I’ll show her.*
She isn’t going to see me.
*All excerpts taken from 100 Days of Sunlight written and published by Abbie Emmons, 2019