Book: 99 Days by Katie Cotugno
Publisher: Balzer + Bray
Date Published: April 21st, 2015
Date Started: April 29th, 2015
Date Finished: May 1st, 2015
Other Books Reviewed: How To Love
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 adore Katie Cotugno’s books. How To Love was one of my favorite reads of 2014 in one of my favorite genres. When I heard that 99 days was coming out, I could not wait to get my hands on it. And then my library was taking forever to get it to me, so I decided to go out and buy my own copy because I was going to get a copy inevitably. Thats how bad I wanted to read this book. I devoured it in two days.
I’m going to be honest here (like I always am) and say that How To Love is still my favorite among the two books. I’ve seen some people have issues with this book because of the love triangle, and I’ll admit I wanted to shake some sense into the characters from time to time, especially when friendships were thrown out the door. But lets be honest here, love triangles are messy. They never end well, especially when all parties are aware of each other.
One issue that I liked that this book kind of addresses is slut shaming. There was all kinds of cheating going on in this book, and not just from the main character, Molly. But Molly is the one that gets called a whore, a slut. It made me cringe to see her spoken to this way, but it happens all the time in real life, and its really sad. Its easy to get mad at the main character because she makes so many foolish mistakes, but she owns up to them. I think that some people may have a difficult time liking Molly because they cant relate to her and the decisions she makes. But things like this happen all the time to different people.
As for the characters, I thought it was a shame that Molly would take some of her friendships for granted. Imogen, her best friend, was great. I really liked her. She was there for Molly when Molly needed her even though Molly wasn’t always there for her. In terms of the love interests, I’m not gonna lie, but I liked Gabe the best. Patrick just irked me at times because he came of as kind of an ass and was the one who did the slut shaming when he didn’t get his way. He was a big baby and I didn’t like him. I liked Gabe better because he was more mature in situations and would stick up for Molly.
I really liked the ending, and I was hoping the whole time thats the way that it would end. Everything was so messy and I felt like it was the only way that Molly would make it out okay. Love triangles like these are tough and not everyone wins in the end. I’m glad Cotugno wrote a story like this. Not all contemporary summer stories have to be fluffy and swoony. They can be messy and damaging.
This book is definitely going to be a hit or miss for some people. It was a hit for me even with a few loose ends that I wish were tied up, but not everything has to be resolved in a book. This is great read for summer.