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Publisher's Note:

"Funny, moving. . . I defy anyone to finish this story without tears in their eyes.”—Graeme Simsion, bestselling author of The Rosie Project What would you do if you knew you only had 100 days left to live? For Lucio Battistini, it’s a chance to spend the rest of his life the way he always should have—by making every moment count. Imperfect, unfaithful but loveable Lucio has been thrown out of the house by his wife and is sleeping at his father-in-law’s bombolini bakery when he learns he has inoperable cancer. So begins the last hundred days of Lucio’s life, as he attempts to right his wrongs, win back his wife (the love of his life and afterlife), and spend the next three months enjoying every moment with a zest he hasn't felt in years. In 100 epigrammatic chapters--one for each of Lucio’s remaining days on earth--100 Days of Happiness is as delicious as a hot doughnut and a morning cappuccino. Wistful, touching, and often hilarious, 100 Days of Happiness reminds us all to r…

Overall Book Review:

I was expecting this book to be non-fiction, so when I saw “a novel” I was taken aback. After my initial shock had worn off, and I had read the first chapters, I was quite surprised at how wonderful this book was. It is serious, funny, sad, and happy. It takes the reader on a roller-coaster ride of emotions, but in such a pleasing way.

I think the idea behind this book is a great one. What would you do if you had 100 days to live? The concept is fine,but who really knows how much time they have left? We can guess, and doctors can give estimates, but no one knows for sure. However,  for Lucio Battistini, the protagonist, this isn’t quite true. He has made up his mind that he has exactly 100 days to live, and he wants to see what he can do to make things right in his life.

I thought this book was touching. Although some of it didn’t seem very realistic (it is fiction after all), many parts did. It inspired me to live each day to the fullest, and I can imagine most readers will feel the same way. Don’t be surprised if you laugh, cry, or howl in rage while reading this book. It has a powerful message waiting to be received.

Review of Advance Reader Copy

Content Analysis:

Profanity/Language: 2 religious exclamations; 3 mild obscenities; 1 scatological word; 1 anatomical term; 1 F-Word derivative.

Violence/Gore:  A man attempts to stab a woman; a character lies and says he murdered people; a plane crash is mentioned with no detail; a murder is mentioned to have occurred; various violent acts are mentioned; a drunk driving car accident is mentioned to have occurred; a recollection of a scooter accident with some blood is mentioned; a character says he is going to kill himself via assisted suicide; a minor child goes missing; a minor steals from an establishment; an ocean liner is mentioned to sink in a story that is being told; an assisted suicide occurs with some brief detail.

Sex/Nudity:  A man tells of how he was conceived by his teenage parents, some brief detail is given (the location of the incident, ages of the characters, awkward fumbling, etc.); a man cheats on his wife on more than one occasion; girls are asked if they want to have sex; a married man is said to have had sex “repeatedly” with his lover with whom he is cheating on his wife; a man recalls making love with a woman with some brief explicit detail; a character speaks of sexual chemistry”; oral sex is mentioned with no detail; a girls thong is seen under her clothes; sex is implied several times; a mature discussion about sex occurs; a man wants to talk to his children about sex and the use of condoms; a man and woman are briefly described to make love for the last time; adults kiss several times; a man watches his wife undress; a man is mentioned to swim nude.

Mature Subject Matter:

Death, cancer, personal crises, attempted suicide, assisted suicide, divorce, ghost stories, marital infidelity.

Alcohol / Drug Use:

Drunk diving mentioned; a character mentioned to swallow lots of sleeping pills; “soft drugs” are mentioned; a drunken man is mentioned; smoking a joint is mentioned; medical marijuana use; getting drunk is implied.

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About the Reviewer

Books and reading have always been an important part of my life. When I was very young, my grandma was the library director at our local public library. Years later, after she had retired, I became a librarian at the same library and worked there for several years before taking a part-time job at a local coffee shop, which gives me more time to do what I love, to read and to review books! A few of my favorite authors are Aimee Bender, Diane Chamberlain, and Curtis Sittenfeld however, I will read almost any book I come across! In my spare time you can find me reading (of course), volunteering at a wildlife animal rehab, or hanging out with my two house rabbits.