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. (via Goodreads)
Title: 99 Days
Author: Katie Cotugno
Published: April 21, 2015 by Balzer + Bray
Genre: YA contemporary
Review: It’s always so disappointing when you’ve been wanting to read a book for a while and then when you do it’s… not good. This review is going to be a little spoiler-y.
I love reading YA contemporaries in the summer, and I really thought that I was going to enjoy 99 Days. However, after only a few pages in I found myself unsure about the writing style. Cotugno uses a lot of commas at what I feel like are inappropriate times, and it interrupted the sentence flow.
I also felt like the story was a little unrealistic. Molly was such an unlikable main character, and it just seemed too far-fetched that Molly ruined an entire family and the brother she cheated with was just so ready to be with her again. Plus, Gabe kept saying Molly’s whole name and that was annoying.
[this part is extra spoiler-y] And come on! To have the main character REPEAT THE SAME MISTAKE AGAIN. Absurd.
The most realistic parts of the story were when literally anyone flipped out on Molly.
I also didn’t like all the underlying fat jokes/weight comments throughout the novel. There are better ways for the author to explain that the character is out of shape, or hasn’t exercised in a while.
While I felt like Molly was a very eye-roll worthy character, her rage at her mom was totally justified; I would be pissed too if my mom wrote a book about the worst mistake of my life.
The story has an overall Morgan Matson feel to it, it just had a bad execution. There were times where I wanted to DNF but I didn’t because I wanted to see how the trainwreck ended.