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Friday, February 17, 2017

Girl 99 by Andy Jones

Setting: England
Genre: General Fiction/Humor
Publisher: Lake Union Publishing
Release Date: February 14, 2017



When his girlfriend dumps him right before Christmas, Tom's not as devastated as one might think. He's had plenty of experience with women - from affairs with co-workers to distant acquaintances - and Sadie was number 85, so she's definitely not the first and won't be the last. It's this little tidbit that leads to the dare Tom accepts.

His friend sets an unusual wager on the table. Tom has a few months to bring the total number of women he's slept with to an even 100. He takes on the challenge, as he knows it won't be any problem at all.

Just as everything's going great, Tom comes across number 99. Verity is more than he ever expected to find. She may just be the woman he's been looking for.

The humor in Girl 99 is there and definitely has the British wit I grew up with and appreciate. That said, I did struggle to connect with Tom. I loved him at first, especially at Christmas when he interacted with his much younger sister. When it came to women, however, I had a hard time liking him, and then the bet wasn't something I admired either.

That said, the characters did come to life and definitely had me either loving them or really disliking them. The writing was very slow to start, but as I settled in, it became hard to put down. Over all, this is a book I liked, but I'm a step away from saying I loved it.

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