When Tom’s girlfriend walks out on him the day before Christmas, he feels humiliated but not necessarily heartbroken. Sadie wasn’t, after all, The One. If we’re being precise, she was number eighty-five.
And so, for reasons that are only mostly wrong, Tom embarks on a mission to bring his number of encounters up to a nice neat one hundred.
Over the course of his quest he sleeps with a colleague, a colleague of a friend, a friend of a friend, a friend of a friend’s wife, the estate agent selling his flat and several more besides.
Everything is going, if not well, then at least according to plan…and then Tom meets Verity. Whether she’s The One remains to be seen, but she’s certainly more than just another number.
I’m getting to be a big fan of this author. My first introduction to his books was The Two of Us which I totally loved. If you’re a fan also, you will actually recognise a couple of characters from that book that appear in Girl 99 also.
Tom is a typical bloke and one that I took to straight away. His mum is no longer around and in a way he is a bit of a surrogate mother to his younger sister, Bianca. The relationship between brother and sister was an especially lovely and realistic one and one that I very much enjoyed reading about. Bianca represents youth and will very much remind readers of what it was like to be a sixteen year old again.
Even though overall Tom is a really nice guy, he is a bit of a player. He already has quite a few conquests under his belt already and when best friend El has a bet with him that he can’t sleep with a hundred women by a certain date, Tom reluctantly agrees. Tom obviously has a few commitment issues and is well within reaching the goal until he falls for Verity.
It’s hard to know what genre this authors books fall into. They feel like a mixture of chick/lad lit as well as contemporary fiction. There is some humour in there but there is always an underlying more serious note in all of the books also.
Girl 99 felt very much like a story of someone who finally grows up. Even though Tom is grown up in his family and work life, his love life has always been quite childish and selfish. In a way the bet takes him on a road of self discovery and it was one that I was more than happy to be a part of.
Yet another highly enjoyable read by an author who is vastly becoming one of my favourites.
My thanks to Netgalley and Lake Union Publishing for a copy of this book. All opinions are my own and not biased in anyway.
Goodreads rating 4/5 stars.
Girl 99 is out today and available to purchase from Amazon.