In my haste to request books like The Hating Game, it somehow completely slipped my mind to request the author’s other book. Thankfully (so I thought at the time), I remembered a few days later and didn’t have to wait long to get it on Libby. That being said… I didn’t really like it 😫
Crush: a strong and often short-lived infatuation, particularly for someone beyond your reach…
Darcy Barrett has undertaken a global survey of men. She’s travelled the world, and can categorically say that no one measures up to Tom Valeska, whose only flaw is that Darcy’s twin brother Jamie saw him first and claimed him forever as his best friend. Despite Darcy’s best efforts, Tom’s off limits and loyal to her brother, 99%. That’s the problem with finding her dream man at age eight and peaking in her photography career at age twenty—ever since, she’s had to learn to settle for good enough.
When Darcy and Jamie inherit a tumble-down cottage from their grandmother, they’re left with strict instructions to bring it back to its former glory and sell the property. Darcy plans to be in an aisle seat halfway across the ocean as soon as the renovations start, but before she can cut and run, she finds a familiar face on her porch: house-flipper extraordinaire Tom’s arrived, he’s bearing power tools, and he’s single for the first time in almost a decade.
Suddenly Darcy’s considering sticking around to make sure her twin doesn’t ruin the cottage’s inherent magic with his penchant for grey and chrome. She’s definitely not staying because of her new business partner’s tight t-shirts, or that perfect face that’s inspiring her to pick up her camera again. Soon sparks are flying—and it’s not the faulty wiring. It turns out one percent of Tom’s heart might not be enough for Darcy anymore. This time around, she’s switching things up. She’s going to make Tom Valeska 99 percent hers.
I was supposed to love this book as much, if not more, than The Hating Game. After all, aren’t you supposed to get better at things the more you practice? Instead, it doesn’t even seem like the same author wrote these books!
99 Percent Mine was messy and chaotic in almost every respect. The characters were everywhere, the plot was weirdly paced, the romance was kinda awkward, and the writing was super confusing.
At first I thought Darcy might be a character I would like: she seems able to take care of herself and I can get on board with sarcasm and snark. Instead, she seemed to be super immature, whiny, clingy, and oblivious. Tom, our love interest, confused me. One second he’s easily embarrassed and shy and the next he’s aggressive and proud. He had random outbursts of emotion that seemed all over the place. Darcy’s brother Jamie also had extreme changes in behavior, verbally abusing Darcy one second and the next saying he loves her and will do anything for her.
Honestly, the only characters I like were Truly, Alex, and the older guy on the worksite (Clive? Clint? I can’t remember). They sadly didn’t have much page time.
The plot, where do I begin on the plot? It’s hard to say since there didn’t seem to be much of one. Beyond the awkward romance and the house flip there didn’t seem to be a lot happening. Lots of inner monologuing, sure, but I’m wracking my brain trying to think of anything else.
It also really bothered me that any “character development” was on behalf of another character. Darcy wanted to finally start acting like an adult so Tom wouldn’t leave her, Jamie started to be less money-oriented so he wouldn’t seem like such an ass, etc.
THE WRITING STYLE. Seriously, what even was it? Everything was jumping around so much to the point where I thought I had skipped multiple pages by mistake, parts of the book were introduced then seemingly forgotten (Darcy’s job??), and everything felt way too drawn out.
Bottom line, don’t read this. Especially if you loved The Hating Game and are looking for something similar. Normally I say to make a decision for yourself but honestly, don’t waste your time. The one or two OK things about this book aren’t worth it.
A summary of my feelings: