About the book:
Title: 100 Days
Author: Nicole McInnes
Genre & Age Group: Contemporary, young adult
Agnes doesn’t know it, but she only has one hundred days left to live. When she was just a baby, she was diagnosed with Progeria, a rare disease that causes her body to age at roughly ten times the normal rate. Now nearly sixteen years old, Agnes has already exceeded her life expectancy.
Moira has been Agnes’s best friend and protector since they were in elementary school. Due to her disorder, Agnes is still physically small, but Moira is big. Too big for her own liking. So big that people call her names. With her goth makeup and all-black clothes, Moira acts like she doesn’t care. But she does.
Boone was friends with both girls in the past, but that was a long time ago—before he did the thing that turned Agnes and Moira against him, before his dad died, before his mom got too sad to leave the house.
An unexpected event brings Agnes and Moira back together with Boone, but when romantic feelings start to develop, the trio’s friendship is put to the test.
Source: Thanks so much to Macmillan Children’s Publishing Group for providing m with an e-ARC via Netgalley!
How I Found Out About It: Netgalley
What an amazing, coming-of-age book! I honestly enjoyed it with all my heart.💞Throughout the story I was on an emotional roller coaster; as it had me laughing, smiling, and almost crying.
When I read the synopsis of the book, I knew I HAD to read it. I’d heard of progeria before, but I thought it would be cool to learn more about it from the POV of a teenager actually living with it.
For a short summary, this book is about three teenagers: Agnes, a girl with progeria (a disease that makes sufferers age far before they are supposed to), Boone, who just lost his dad and needs some support, and Moira, Agnes’ best friend who is uncomfortable with her size, and is seen as a goth. The girls used to be friends with Boone when they were younger, until they stopped getting along. Something they absolutely didn’t expect happened, and they find themselves becoming friends with him again, as they start to confide in one another about their daily struggles.
Agnes’ story is honestly so sad. I felt so sorry for her and her family, who were the front seats of her happenings. Despite all that she was going through, she was super brave and accepting of herself and others. I have almost never read about a character possessing such a humongous heart. Yes, she is teased and made fun of due to her progeria, but all she really wants to do is make the best out of her already shortened life, so she puts on a brave face and pushes all the haters out. I admire her SO MUCH for being able to do that so easily!
Moira is one of fiction’s most supportive sidekicks. Seriously, her inclusiveness and openness is GOALS👌. It takes guts to be friendly to someone like Agnes, and Moira wasn’t scared at all. Even though deep down, she cared immensely about what people thought about her on the outside, she didn’t care one bit about their thoughts about what shined on the inside. The world NEEDS more people like Moira!
Boone wasn’t my favourite character, but he was going through a lot at home, which definitely showed. Despite this, I thought that his character development was amazing, looking back at what he was like from the beginning to the end of the book.
There is a little bit of romance in this story, along with everything else. It really doesn’t play a big role, and there is a love triangle, but it’s definitely not an annoying one. Boone also doesn’t really hide anything or seem sketchy, like many fictional boyfriends do.
The ending, even though I knew it was going to happen at some point, was so sad!😥I was so close to crying, but I didn’t, though, as it’s really hard for a book to make me that sad. I’m not going to spoil it, but if you read this book, make sure to be prepared for FEELS.
Overall, though it isn’t the lightest and happiest of reads, the story and the writing is beautiful. I honestly haven’t read anything like this gem of a book.
I’d recommend 100 Days to anyone looking for a gorgeous life-changing novel, filled with a good mixture of friendship, family, and a good bit of romance, because THIS IS YOUR JAM! Be sure to pick it up when it comes out on August 23rd!
Rating: 5/5 Stars!
*I received a digital ARC of this book via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.*