May 6, 2015
Author: Katie Cotugno
Publisher: Balzer & Bray
Publication Date: April 21, 2015
Overall: 4 out of 5 stars
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.
99 Days was a unique read for me. I absolutely hate cheating, but I also like getting into the head of someone who makes that choice. It was absolutely fascinating to me, to watch Molly make such horrible decisions over and over. She really did care about both boys, but Patrick was her past and Gabe was the one who understood her. I don’t really think Molly knew what to do with the two of them.
There was such a history between all the Donnelly’s and Molly that it was hard I think for her to even know where she began. I didn’t like that Molly was treated like such a pariah but Gabe especially was welcomed with open arms. It was a horrible double-standard, and I could understand why Molly was so upset about it. Still Molly did bring a lot of it on herself, but still I think most people should’ve minded their own business.
That being said, the one person in this story who I absolutely hated and who I felt should be an even bigger pariah than Molly, Patrick and Gabe was her mother. WHO DOES THAT!!!! Who takes their child’s life and selfishly creates a book about it that really shows all of the child’s dirty secrets. Apparently Molly’s mother! Then wants to pay Molly off with book royalties. Like that would ever in a million years make it okay. I can honestly say that Molly’s mother was despicable, and I wished the book would have focused on her a little more. I mean she will always be Molly’s mom, but……she deserved so much worse.
The writing in this book was compelling and intriguing. I found myself rooting for Molly despite everything she had done, and I was proud for a moment when she stood up for herself after letting people walk all over her in the summer. I would give it 4 out of 5 stars.
4/5 – An Enjoyable Read, Well Written
**Please Note: This review is my honest opinion and I did not receive monetary compensation from it.**
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