When Tom’s girlfriend walks out on him the day before Christmas, he feels humiliated but not necessarily heartbroken. Sadie wasn’t, after all, The One. If we’re being precise, she was number eighty-five.
And so, for reasons that are only mostly wrong, Tom embarks on a mission to bring his number of encounters up to a nice neat one hundred.
Over the course of his quest he sleeps with a colleague, a colleague of a friend, a friend of a friend, a friend of a friend’s wife, the estate agent selling his flat and several more besides.
Everything is going, if not well, then at least according to plan…and then Tom meets Verity. Whether she’s The One remains to be seen, but she’s certainly more than just another number.
What does TWG think?
You’ve no doubt heard males (sorry guys) talking with their mates about ‘notches on bedposts’, right? Maybe females have their own phrasing where their sexual endeavours are concerned, who knows? After all, I’ve always been led to believe that it’s a high-five kinda thing for guys to up their notches on their bedpost. Although notches, or even lists; they’re pretty much the same thing aren’t they? A lot of people have lists for their weekly shopping; Tom has a list for his sexual endeavours, and he doesn’t seem to be slowing down anytime soon!
As a female, my first impression of Tom was – chauvinistic. He seemed to enjoy women as merely an object; an object to satisfy his needs before he dipped his wick elsewhere. However, whenever it comes to males getting their end away and celebrating multiple, or even triple figured amount of conquests, as outsiders, we only get to see one side. The ‘manwhore’ side, also known as a first impression; pretty much like mine. It took me a little while to rid my mind of my initial thoughts on Tom and his antics, I’m not going to lie. That said, being able to delve a little deeper into Tom’s emotions made me stop and think ‘HEY! This dude DOES have feelings’, and that he doesn’t always need to think with his man bits where females are concerned.
Tom’s best friend was pushy yet hilarious. If he wasn’t going through his own hurdles in life, I highly doubt that he would get away with half of what his character did. I did find the best friend moments a little heart breaking I must admit. Well, when I wasn’t spitting my cuppa out due to laughter, obviously.
As I reached the halfway point of the novel, I began to relax and enjoy the storyline for what it was; one of a kind. There were moments throughout the storyline when I felt a teensy bit warm and needed to loosen my collar. HINT: definitely not a book to show your grandma, just saying. Some may say that the book was quite predictable; I’m not one of those! Tom first came across as such a manly man, full of sexual confidence whilst being incredibly blasé about it; as the storyline went on he grew a pair (not that he needed any extra help), and learnt what love was all about. That’s why, for me, the predictable factor didn’t even come into it.
As a tale of antics between the sheets and a bedpost full of notches to rival Hugh Heffner, Girl 99 is quite simply a novel like no other. Full of tongue in cheek moments, racy antics and plenty of humour; Andy Jones has written a book that will get everyone talking. Girl 99 is full of life; what with its modern-day twist quite similar to the well-known film; Thoroughly Modern Millie. Naughty but rather nice, Girl 99 is most definitely in a league of its own; alongside Tom of course.
Thank you to the author & Netgalley.