Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Review: 100 Days of Happiness by Fausto Brizzi

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 begin 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 remember the preciousness of life and what matters most.

Received for review

Very rarely do I come across a book that is equal parts funny, sad, sweet, and beautiful, but this was one of those infrequent gems.

I started this thinking "Hey, it can't be that sad." and ended it with tears running down my face feeling like I'd just watched Beaches again and had my heart ripped out.  They really should attach a small packet of tissues and a mini chocolate bar to this book so you can recover after you finish the last page.

Lucio is decidedly lovable despite his flaws and he's someone you just want to have the best happen to him, even if it is for his final few months on Earth.  He's bumbling and has a decided Arthur Dent quality about him that just makes you shake your head and smile fondly.

It's not all tears with this, but knowing that there is a time limit on Lucio's story makes each chapter just that much more poignant and special.  The highs are higher and the lows lower but it's all worth it.  The emotional rollercoaster is just beautiful but beware and do not read the final few chapters in a public place unless you want to have concerned looks sent your way as you wipe away tears as your nose runs.

Overall, this is an amazing book.  It's heartbreaking and gorgeous and leaves you with the best kind of book hangover.  There will be tears, lots of tears.  So, so many tears.  But it is all worth it and I really do believe the book leaves you a better person for the experience of reading it.  At the very least it will make you take a fresh look at your own life and really appreciate so much of what you take for granted.  Obviously, I highly, highly recommend this.

★★★★★ = Loved It

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StephTheBookworm said...

Wow, 5 stars?! Awesome! My mom liked this one too. It's on my list!

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