‘Girl 99’, by Andy Jones

Here’s the next coffee break with a contemporary fiction review to read!


Reading the summery, this book sounded like a silly plot from a sitcom, I thought I’d give it a try, though I didn’t expect much from it.


During about the first half of the book, it all seemed really stupid, obvious, missing all creativity. It was the same whining and doing pointless things that chicklits usually are, only with a male protagonist. It wasn’t interesting at all.

Well into the second half I was changing my mind, though. I couldn’t say what made me turn my opinion, but I started to feel it wasn’t that stupid at all. Not very poetic, sure, but it was nice, and besides being way too expectable, it seemed quite realistic in some ways. It showed that we can still care about the people around us and their struggles, and yet not get so involved that it takes our attention away from our own problems – may they be smaller or not. I think that is very human and is something many of us don’t quite admit, even to themselves. I liked the way this story pictured age, family, disease: in their own places, everything being what they are, not dramatizing them to be bigger, but not belittling them either.

For a long time I also thought that it was way too obvious who his “One” (or rather, 99) was going to be. I changed my mind about that as well. I realized that the only character I really liked (I mean as a ‘person’, not as a character) was this girl, and that is probably because I saw her the way Tom, the protagonist sees her. So I guess that is something the writer did very well.

Let’s give it a grade!

  1. Story: 3/5
  2. Characters: 3/5
  3. Style: 3/5
  4. The Subjective Factor: 3/5
  • GPA: 3


It liked this book more than I expected, but it’s still an average one.

Recommend to:

Those who like a story that is set painfully in the present world we’re living in.

Drink tip:

A Latte would be perfect.

Music room:

Electric disco music. I can’t really say more about it, I’m not very familiar with this kind of music. Not a fan, to be honest.


All in all, it was a nice one-time read.

Thank you for reading my review! I’m happy to see all your comments if, you have something to share. 😉

Hugs 🙂

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