Agnes doesn't know it, but she only has one hundred days left to live. When she was just a baby, she was diagnosed with Progeria, a rare disease that causes her body to age at roughly ten times the normal rate. Now nearly sixteen years old, Agnes has already exceeded her life expectancy.
Moira has been Agnes’s best friend and protector since they were in elementary school. Due to her disorder, Agnes is still physically small, but Moira is big. Too big for her own liking. So big that people call her names. With her goth makeup and all-black clothes, Moira acts like she doesn’t care. But she does.
Boone was friends with both girls in the past, but that was a long time ago―before he did the thing that turned Agnes and Moira against him, before his dad died, before his mom got too sad to leave the house.
An unexpected event brings Agnes and Moira back together with Boone, but when romantic feelings start to develop, the trio’s friendship is put to the test.
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Nicole McInnes is an author, speaker, writing and literature instructor, animal lover, chocolate aficionado, and mom. Born and raised in the San Francisco Bay Area, she attended the University of California at Santa Cruz and Northern Arizona University.
The “idea seeds” for 100 Days―and for Agnes’s, Moira’s and Boone’s characters―emerged from a multitude of experiences. These include Nicole’s work with therapeutic horseback riding programs for people with emotional, physical, and cognitive disabilities; her own postmodern/goth/punk-inspired fashion and music phase as a young adult; and her many years of living in rustic, rural settings, where water needs to be hauled and pipes sometimes freeze.
Nicole lives in the mountains of northern Arizona with her family. The nonhuman menagerie-in-residence consists of elderly Arabian horses, middle-aged dogs of the Australian Shepherd and golden variety, a dieting Siamese cat, a betta fish with attitude, and occasional stray visitors of various species.
The San Francisco Bay Area remains her second home. 100 Days is her second novel.From School Library Journal:
Gr 8 Up—Sophomores in high school, Agnes and Moira are a study in opposites. Agnes, tiny and delicate, has a terminal disease, while Moira, her best friend, is a towering pillar of strength and intimidation. She uses her assets to protect Agnes from the wrecking balls at school, aka fellow students. The countdown is on for Agnes. She doesn't know it, but as the story unfolds over 100 days, Agnes is dying. Before the teen dies, she and Moira rekindle a friendship with a boy named Boone. Four years earlier, the three misfits meshed well together until a fateful dodgeball tragedy. Agnes broke an arm when Moira fell on her after Boone tripped her. A horrified Moira refused to speak to Boone after the incident. Now in the spring of their sophomore year, Boone, a bear of a boy, could really use a friend. Dealing with the fallout of his abusive father's death and his mother's deep depression, Boone works hard keeping his life afloat. With her trademark spunk, Agnes helps bring Boone back into the fold, and both girls fall for Boone, but he only has eyes for Moira. Teens will empathize with the bucketloads of inner turmoil writhing within the three main characters, who have more than their fair share of challenges. Agnes, Moira, and Boone are likable, and readers will ache right along with the characters as they struggle with misunderstandings and preconceived notions. While the book is nearly 400 pages, the chapters are short, switching among the voices of the three characters. VERDICT Rife with compelling contemporary issues, this novel delivers a heartfelt story to a diverse readership. Recommended for most teen collections.—Mindy Hiatt, Salt Lake County Library Services
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