Recently, I’ve found myself picking up romantic comedy books more and more. When I saw that Sally Thorne (author of The Hating Game) had released a new book, I ordered a copy ASAP. Her last book was a fun, beach-y read – exactly what I was in the mood for when I ordered my copy of 99 Percent Mine. While this book was a rom-com book of the light-and-quick-read variety, it was definitely a departure from her previous novel.
Darcy is tired of living in the shadow of her twin brother. He’s everything that she is not: charismatic, accomplished, and healthy. Darcy, on the other hand, is a flight risk with a laundry list of health issues who is being forced to stay in one place for the first time in her adult life – as a part of her grandmother’s will, she has to renovate her house. Luckily, Tom (a childhood friend, crush, and her brother’s best friend) is on hand to help with the renovation and make sure Darcy sees it through. Unresolved feelings are brought to light and Darcy is forced to take a long, hard look at her life and her relationships with those around her.
The story line of 99 Percent Mine is nothing to write home about. It’s your basic childhood friends turned couple type of story. The fact that Tom was Jamie’s (Darcy’s brother) best friend just piled onto the cliche. There was nothing particularly wrong with the plot by any means, it was just super predictable (nearly to the point of being boring). If you’re looking for a cute and fast vacation read, this book might just be for you.
All the characters in this book were pretty one dimensional. Darcy was a self declared snarky, independent girl who loves to travel and drinks too much. Unfortunately, that’s where her character development stopped. She never seemed to grow as a character and was never made to face any hardships that would help to move her growth forward. Tom, on the other hand, couldn’t seem to make his mind up when it came to Darcy. He was very hot and cold with her, which got old pretty quickly. Outside of this, he was a pretty standard love interest: tall, dark and handsome with eyes only for Darcy.
I honestly wish there was more interactions between Darcy and Jamie. The novel framed itself like their rivalry was going to come to a head, but it just fizzled out. Jamie seemed to only be in the novel right at the end and really just lacked any kind of character definition – it was like the whole point of his existence was to be paired off with Darcy’s best friend. Speaking of Darcy’s best friend – I wanted a lot more of her in this book as well. Her background was set up really well and she seemed like she would be an interesting side character and an excellent friend for Darcy, however she ended up barely being in the book.
99 Percent Mine is a pretty generic romance novel. It’s a fun, light read, but there are plenty of books in this genre that would be more worth a reader’s time. It’s a bit of a let down after Sally Thorne’s first book. I’d give this book a 3/5.