3 friends and only 100 days to figure out everything that truly matters
Three high school kids who’ve known each other for years, that is until one of them, Boone, does something to make the two girls hate him.
There’s Agnes, who’s short and small and sick with Progeria, the old person’s disease, which means that at age 15, she’s already surpassed her life expectancy. And there’s Moira, her BFF, who uses her above-average size to shield Agnes from danger but hates everything else about her body. She’s a big girl; so big she gets teased about her weight all the time. It doesn’t matter though, until Boone, the one boy who used to be their friend joins the teasing.
Oh and there’s one more thing. Someone has 100 days to live and in that time, there’s still a lot to do – like forgive Boone. And fall in love with him, maybe?
What I thought
I enjoyed the alternating perspectives used to tell the story – this allowed me to see Boone’s struggles so even when he was being a bully, I cared about him. It made it easier to champion for Agnes, rather than pity her. And it made me a little angry at Moira for using Agnes as a crutch so she didn’t have to think about herself.
What I would change
At the outset, you know one of the kids dies in 100 days. So you start off a little wary about whether you want to get to know someone who’s going to die soon. But then, the story stretches a little too long.I think a few of the interior chapters could have been a little more condensed, without losing the connectivity with the characters.
My rating: 4 stars
- +1 for an attractive cover
- +1 for characters I wanted to root for
- +1 stays true to genre – no explicit mature references
- -0.5 the girls are too affected by the boy’s opinion of them
- -0.5 because story drags in the middle when I know how it’s going to end but it doesn’t get there fast enough
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