Author: Mimsy Hale
Publisher: Interlude Press
Cover Artist: unknown
Rating: 4.5 of 5 Stars
Jake and Aiden have been friends—and nothing more—since age six. Now college graduates, they take a road trip across the USA, visiting very state in 100 days.
As they start their cross-country odyssey, Jake and Aiden think they have their journey and their futures mapped out. But the road has a funny way of changing course.
For about the first third of 100 Days, I thought we were on the way to another meh read. I was cursing the stubbornness and idiocy of the main characters. I was getting a bit fed up with the parallel refrains of “I like him, but I can’t break what we have because I know he doesn’t feel the same as me” and “this [whatever it is] has an inevitable end date.” I was looking at the remaining 250ish pages and thinking I wasn’t going to be able to make it to the end.
Then something happened. I am not sure when I went from dreading the next page to turning page after page without stopping. At some point, Aiden and Jake burrowed their way under my skin and into my heart. At some point, it became imperative that these two lifelong friends find their happily every after. At some point, I started to love this book a little bit.
Jake and Aiden have been friends since their single digits days. Unlike many friends-to-lovers stories, however, both of them are gay from the start. They have also, separately, been at least a little in love with each other since their teens. Now college graduates, they embark on a 100-day road trip to visit each of the 50 states, and watch a movie in each one. Hey, they are both film school graduates.
As he sinks into a relaxed Sun Salutation, he lets the music regulate his breathing and guide his thoughts: I am not in love with Aiden. I don’t fall in love.
Moving through a series of simple poses, working purely on muscle memory, he doesn’t allow himself to wonder if that missed kiss should
only have been a near miss, if they’d been supposed to revisit it soon afterward and make something of it, if what they’ve always shared is love—love that at first didn’t know it was love, and is now trying to be.
It doesn’t matter, Jake thinks, because it’s not love.
There is a lot going on in this book, but it managed to avoid many of the trappings of the trope to which I feared it would succumb. There is no insta-love, rather the relationship grows in an organic way. It isn’t all smooth sailing once they jump into bed. Jake fights himself and his feelings every step of the way. Each man gives into his respective fears on more than one occasion.
What should I do, Dad? Did you ever feel so much for Mom that it scared you shitless? Sometimes I feel like I’m just waiting for him to break my heart because I don’t know if I can trust him with it. It’s like he’s holding it, and I’m following him around with my hands cupped underneath his in case he drops it. So what do I do? What if I don’t want to go to New York? Would he stay for me? Would he give up everything, even though that’s the last thing I want for him?
And what if I did go with him?
It is almost enough to make you wonder if they will make it, despite the history and despite what everyone in their life seems to think is inevitable. I appreciated that while supportive and there for a talk, the secondary characters let Jake and Aiden find their way to each other.
“Was it worth it?” she asks. “All the putting yourself out there, all the chasing. Did it make you happy?”
100 days is a road trip love story, but it is so much more. It is a story of overcoming your fears. Of letting go of the past and of finding your future. It is about coming to terms with the fact that not everything can be spelled out from the beginning and having faith in what is to come. It is about living for the moment with an eye on the road ahead.
I would like to thank the publisher for providing me with the eARC of this title in exchange for my honest opinion.
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