Author: Katie Cotugno
Publisher: Balzer & Bray
Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary
My Rating: 3.5 Stars
Synopsis: 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.
Molly is home for the first time in a year. That means 99 days before she’s shipped off to college. Which really means she’s stuck in the same town as her ex, Patrick, and the guy she cheated on him with, Gabe, who just happens to be Patrick’s very own brother. Finally leaving the whole summer up for a whole lot of drama a small town can barely handle.
Molly is the type of character that wants redemption but isn’t quite ready for it and isn’t sure how to get it. I don’t know if she is actually torn between the boys or if she’s seeking some kind of attention that she’s lacking. Whether it’s from her mother (who wrote a book about her debauchery of a love life), her old best friend Imogen (who is now best friends with Patrick’s new girlfriend Tess, or Julia, the boys sister, who is ready to ruin Molly’s life. It’s safe to say a lot goes on this summer, in these 99 days.
“I don’t know how I became this person, one of those girls with a lot of drama around her. A person whose romantic garbage literally fills an entire book.”- Katie Cotugno, 99 Days
Even though there is cheating in this book and that is usually a deal breaker for most readers but it literally the point of the book, so if you are not ok with that aspect of the author’s choice to write about it then you have been warned and go get something else to read. With that being said the cheating aside, there’s a lot of mixed feelings when it comes to this story, not just Molly and the boys but her relationship with friends and her mother. Patrick and Gabe have their own reasons for going after Molly but their younger sister had to find a way to get through the storm after everyone found out Molly slept with Gabe. Patrick is devastated and fighting with his brother tearing a divide in their family and terrorizing Molly is the only thing on Juila’s agenda. Coming back to town to that is hard enough but it doesn’t make it any better when your mom takes your crazy love life and writes a book for the whole world to see.
I enjoyed this book. I bought it at Target because the cover looked fun and I finished it in two days. If you’ve followed my blog for long then you know I get overly emotionally attached to book and that definitely happen to me while reading this book. I was way too afraid to find out what was going to happen at the end but since I didn’t want to take long on it and I liked it enough not to finish it, I powered through. Reading this and getting to know these characters through the present and the amazing flashbacks was so much fun and I have to say my favorite character is Gabe.
“It might have been about my brother in the beginning, in a way. But the fact is I did, I spent this whole summer falling in love with you”- Gabe, Katie Cotugno, 99 Days.
He, just like Patrick, wanted to have one up one his brother. Take Molly away. But he actually ended up falling in love with her and it’s sad that she ended up cheating on him just as she had with him while she was dating Patrick. Patrick just didn’t know how to let her go and I’m sure he loved her at some point but I don’t believe they were end game. I don’t know about coming between brothers but I have been a love triangle and I think Cotugno captured that nicely. I wouldn’t change anything except that they weren’t all going to college and the had another summer to make things right.