I received this book for free from Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.99 Days by Katie Cotugno
Published by Balzer + Bray on 4/21/15
Genres: Contemporary, Romance, Young Adult
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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 have to say my favorite thing about this book is that it’s written in almost a diary format. You get a look at each day of Molly’s summer at home before college.
I’m not going to lie there are times when I really disliked Molly. It seems like she keeps making the same bonehead mistakes over and over. You would think she learned when things got bad before. But I think with how everything happens Molly turns into a likeable person. The whole point of living is learning from your mistakes, and I think this girl has that covered. I did like Gabe. He’s very easy going and carefree. There are moments where Patrick is decent, but they are few and far between. Both have a tendency to act like idiots.
One thing I think this book dealt with well, is the unfairness in how guys and girls are treated after accusations fly. Girls always get labeled this heinous thing when something happens, rumor or truth. And guys don’t suffer any consequences. It’s frustrating and, 99 Days brings that to the forefront. Another is the notion that sometimes we get so caught up in our relationships that we become this one entity, and forget that each person has their own things that they like. Being in a relationship doesn’t mean dictating what the other can/can’t do.
99 Days is a fast read. It will have you flipping the pages to see how Molly is going to handle her situation, and any backlash from it.
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