Review: 99 Days by Katie Cotugno

Posted April 26, 2015 in review / 2 Comments

Review: 99 Days by Katie Cotugno99 Days by Katie Cotugno
Published by Harper Collins on April 21st 2015
Genres: Young Adult, Contemporary, Romance
Format: eARC
Pages: 384
Source: Edelweiss
One StarOne Star

Day 1: Julia Donnelly eggs my house my first night back in Star Lake, and that’s how I know everyone still remembers everything—how I destroyed my relationship with Patrick the night everything happened with his brother, Gabe. How I wrecked their whole family. Now I’m serving out my summer like a jail sentence: Just ninety-nine days till I can leave for college, and be done.

Day 4: A nasty note on my windshield makes it clear Julia isn’t finished. I’m expecting a fight when someone taps me on the shoulder, but it’s just Gabe, home from college and actually happy to see me. “For what it’s worth, Molly Barlow,” he says, “I’m really glad you’re back.”

Day 12: Gabe got me to come to this party, and I’m actually having fun. I think he’s about to kiss me—and that’s when I see Patrick. My Patrick, who’s supposed to be clear across the country. My Patrick, who’s never going to forgive me.

I received this book for free from Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

I shall start it off with this book was a disappointment.
There, I said it. I almost cried the moment I finished this book and it wasn’t because it was tear-worthy. I was just disappointed. It wasn’t just the ending, it was most of it. Let me start from the beginning. *takes a deep breath*

Molly did something stupid, she actually cheated on her boyfriend, Patrick with his hot brother, Gabe. The whole town hates her, and the first day she came back in summer, her house got egged by Julia, Patrick and Gabe’s sister. I wanted to read this book, because I had high hopes. It’s not easy, writing a book about an MC who is in the wrong. And so, I was curious as to how Molly got her chance at redemption. 11% into the book and I was in love with both Molly and Gabe. While I was there, a friend actually tweeted me: “So, are you angry at Molly yet?”

I was super confused, as I totally adore Molly. I believed that she had changed, and that all she had to do was make the whole town forgive her. WHAT I totally did not expect was what happened next. (Um, I can’t put it down because it’ll be spoilers.) I went from loving Molly to hating her in a split second. I mean, EXCUSE ME. After that, throughout it all, I was so close to throwing my Kindle to the wall. And at the end of the book? I fumed, with tears in my eyes. Because to me, this book had no point. I get that it was trying to tell us the point of view of someone who had made a terrible mistake. But, I was really annoyed at how selfish Molly was halfway through the book.

This book was a disappointment. I think there could be another way of writing this story.

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2 Responses to “Review: 99 Days by Katie Cotugno”

  1. Aly

    Ugh. I wanted to like it so much but I can't say that I really did. I love Katie's first book and I felt like I should've loved her second one as well. I like it in theory but it didn't really work for me. I loved the feminist aspects of it, but I didn't like the character. It's one of those stories I want to root for but just couldn't in the end.

    Aly @ My Heart Hearts Books

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