“Outstanding! Emmons writes with gorgeous mastery of emotions, especially worthy in this book about overcoming limitations and fear. The interplay between characters positively sings, and we get all the feels in their dance of closeness/rage. I didn't feel the usual YA themes and conflicts here. Like many kids have to deal with real pain, here they step beyond any clichés into some kind of magic about deciding to connect. I also loved the element of facing change. This marvelous novel pounds at the heart, provides amazing visuals (the flowers!) and stands out for its originality. This is a case of a stellar plot, stellar characterization, setting and pace in the hands of a truly talented author. Well done. I loved my time with this story.”
- Sharon Naylor, author of It’s Not My Wedding: But I’m in Charge
"100 Days of Sunlight by Abbie Emmons is a rare gem of a book, from the gorgeous cover, all the way through to the final page. I was completely charmed by the story of Tessa and Weston, and loved bearing witness to their beautiful journey. This is an emotional, heart-rending read that will trigger all of the feels, and will have you falling in love with Tessa and Weston. Beautifully written and stunningly profound, I devoured every insightful word of this story. I highly recommend treating yourself to this lovely book."
- Reader Review
“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.”
-Terra W, Elementary School Teacher
“Guys, I am so incredibly happy. This book is everything I needed it to be and more. I cried, I laughed, I swooned. As someone with severe chronic illness, I completely related with both Tessa's anger and Weston need to find someone who would look past his own different abilities. I am so happy this book exists, and Abbie- thank you. As someone who needed this book, thank you.”
- reader review
“I absolutely adored this YA romance. It is wholesome and totally appropriate for a younger audience but sweet and fun for adults as well. Perfect for fans of The Sun is Also a Star and To All The Boys I’ve Loves Before, this love story looks at one happens when you can no longer depend on sight. Even though you will guess the ending of the book, it is well written and I became emotional while reading it. It’s a perfect book to sit and binge-read.”
- Beyond the Bookends blog
“100 Days of Sunlight is a sweet & humorous YA contemporary romance, and while contemporary novels are not what I usually gravitate towards, I thoroughly enjoyed this book. It’s a poetic and easy read with clever use of formatting that does a good job of balancing difficult topics with inspiring themes and steady doses of humor. Abbie did a fantastic job of creating realistic characters, and I could empathize with both Tessa & Weston throughout the novel. The use of the five senses throughout the novel was very clever & well executed! It’s also full of great themes, including: family, hope, forgiveness, perseverance, resilience, and figuring out the qualities you already have to be grateful for, not what you wish you had.”
- Katrina J, Librarian at NDLD
"Emmons crafts beautiful characters, whose lives you can't help but dive headfirst into, whose goals and ambitions become your own as quickly as their trials and conflict. She possesses an understanding of the hope that comes with a teenage love and the heartbreak which so often holds its hand. Bringing you back to a time when you first felt that fleeting rush of butterflies and adrenaline and transporting you into another world. … Her book makes the ordinary extraordinary, within her writing she uncovers the joy of everyday life and gives you a feeling of optimism that will last long after you've turned the final page."
- Reader Review
An interview with author Abbie Emmons
Sample interview featuring the best FAQs.
Why do you write?
I write because I truly believe that words make a difference in the world. I write because I love it... but I also write because I believe the world needs more good stories – stories that uplift and inspire and encourage and shine a light in the dark places. I believe that words have a huge impact – stories have a huge impact. And if I could impact even one person’s life, I would feel incredibly fulfilled.
In 100 Days of Sunlight, Tessa greatly admires the poetry of Emily Dickinson – naturally, so do I, and one of her poems answers this question more eloquently than I can:
If I can stop one heart from breaking,
I shall not live in vain:
If I can ease one life the aching,
Or cool one pain,
Or help one fainting robin
Unto his nest again,
I shall not live in vain.
- Emily Dickinson
What inspired the characters of Tessa and Weston in 100 Days of Sunlight?
This probably isn’t a surprise to those of you who know me, but Tessa and I share a lot of the same personality traits and habits: blogger, writer, perfectionist, neat-freak, introvert, waffle-eater, book-lover… One day I was thinking about my own lifestyle and how much I use my sense of sight for everything I do: blogging, writing, making videos, reading, everything — and then I thought how different all that would be if, for some reason, I suddenly went blind. How would I respond? How would I adapt and eventually come to feel gratitude for the things I still have, instead of focusing on what I’ve lost? That’s where the whole idea for Tessa’s internal journey started.
Weston was inspired by every person who has overcome incredible challenges and limitations without losing their spirit, humor, or zest for life. People like Nick Vujicic, Rob Jones, and Travis Mills, to name a few inspiring individuals. Weston’s story was an incredible opportunity for me to explore the emotional journey of getting back up when life knocks you down. (Or, as Weston calls it, “punching Life in the face.”) With Weston, I wanted to show that even when a person seems to be all sunshine and rainbows, you don’t know how much they are struggling with fear and doubt. Life is a constant challenge of getting back up and not letting anything stand in your way.
What inspired 100 Days of Sunlight? What made you want it to be your debut novel?
100 Days of Sunlight is a story that I feel has always been in my heart, I just didn’t know it until April 2017. It came to me quite literally like a lightbulb turning on. I immediately fell in love with the idea — two characters experiencing loss, recovery, and hope; two characters connecting to help each other heal in ways they wouldn’t have been able to alone. I knew it would be a love story, but not just about romantic love — it would be about the love between brothers, and grandparents, and friends.
The story captured my heart before I even knew how it would end. I knew right from the start that this novel would be my debut — I love the characters in this story and what they stand for.
What made you want to become a writer?
I fell in love with stories when I was growing up. My mom would read tons of books with me and my sister, and English was my favorite subject in school because of all the reading I had to do. I think that’s what first inspired me to become a writer – I was amazed by the way stories can transport you to another world and make you feel. It struck me as being pretty darn magical, and I immediately wanted to write stories of my own.
What is your best advice for an aspiring writer?
Story isn’t about what happens. It’s about how what happens affects and transforms the characters. < If anyone out there follows my YouTube channel, they’ve probably heard me say this a lot. In my opinion, it is the golden rule of writing. When you make everything in your story matter to your characters (given their motivations and fears) you can truly engage your reader and leave them thinking long after they turn the final page of your story. Secondly, you always have to remember why your story matters to you. Remembering your “why” will keep your passion alive through the darkest days and lead you to those gloriously satisfying words: the end.
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