When I first heard that my local bookstore was selling early copies of 99 Percent Mine at 9:30pm on a Saturday night, I immediately put on my oh-my-god-the-bookstore-is-closing-in-thirty-minutes outfit—a sweater, joggers, and rubber shoes—then promptly booked a Lyft to travel twenty blocks. I devoured the book in a little over three hours, and although I am sort of disappointed to see that it wasn’t as great as The Hating Game, it was overall a good read!
99 Percent Mine stars Darcy Barrett, who used to be a wedding photographer but now works as a bartender and is an eternal badass. She lives in a cottage that her grandmother left her and her twin brother after she passed away. After a particularly hard day at work, she drives home only to find her six-foot-six (seriously, how?!) childhood-friend-turned-crush at her doorstep. Turns out, he’s the contractor for the remodeling job that the house desperately needs, and oh yeah, he’s living with her for the next three months.
I think what made me give this book a 3.5/5 instead of the perfect five given to Thorne’s debut novel was really how a lot of things were kind of brushed under a rug. Darcy lives with a serious heart condition, and although there are scenes where she experiences heart pain, it kind of seemed like she didn’t care about it at all. A lot of Tom’s and Jamie’s actions (and even Darcy’s) were very questionable, and even if sometimes it definitely looked like a conversation and a fight were needed to clear the air…nothing happened. I feel like I wanted to get more of a backstory on a lot of the characters: the twins and their friendship with Tom, Darcy’s haircut, Darcy’s reason for quitting photography, Tom’s history with his mom….these were so many things that I think really would’ve made a difference in the book had there been scenes or even just explanations in greater detail. Also the joke about burying name tags in Aokigahara? Trash talking Tom’s ex even when she’s a completely nice person? Not really cool.
BUT despite the negativity that I let out for that last paragraph, this was a really quick and enjoyable read, I promise! Tom and Darcy are an adorable couple, and I am a sucker for Sally Thorne’s style of writing in a lighthearted and comedic tone. I loved how different Darcy badassery was compared to Lucy’s loveable dorkiness. I burst out laughing in so many of her scenes, and I one hundred percent (haha get it) died reading the epilogue for The Hating Game. I’m so happy with the way Lucy and Josh closed the book!
99 Percent Mine is perfect for readers looking for a light-hearted, yet charming read. The characters in this novel grew on me so quickly, and I cannot wait to see what Sally Thorne has in store for readers next!
Title: 99 Percent Mine
Author: Sally Thorne
Genre: New Adult, Contemporary, Romance
Publication Date: January 29, 2019
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