99 Days by Katie Cotugno
Young Adult / Contemporary
Published on April 21st, 2015
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99 Days was my first Katie Cotugno read, and I really had no idea what to expect. Reviews were all over the place, and that always makes me nervous going into a book. Luckily, I enjoyed the heck out of this. I really like the format as it’s told, Day 1, Day 2, etc. instead of chapters. I can be fan of love triangles if an author does it well, and I do think this author did it well. After having an event she’s not proud of brought to light, Molly splits town to finish her senior year elsewhere, but it becomes clear upon her return that people have not forgotten what she did. Suffice it to say that this love triangle involves two brothers, and the town has a lot of thoughts on Molly’s actions. Sadly the town doesn’t seem to hold Gabe to the same standard, and it’s life as usual for him. What some of these girls to do Molly for retribution is mind-boggling, and it was a bit shocking to me that Molly was being harassed, but it was never presented in those terms throughout the book. By Molly or anyone close to her. Her mother was far too blase about the entire ordeal to me. And it’s her relationship with her mother that makes this story credible for me. Molly has always been an honorary member of the Donnelly household, and it makes sense to me that when she’s in a tough spot, she would gravitate to them – even if the one she gravitated to might not be the healthiest of choices for her. I found Gabe’s willingness to just settle into being together a bit confusing. I wasn’t sure what Gabe’s intentions toward Molly were, and it was that way for me throughout the entire book. Part of the reason was because when Molly did leave town, she didn’t even tell Gabe, nor did they communicate while she was gone. Having said that, I did like the idea of him carrying a torch for her. Molly’s struggle between the two brothers felt so real to me – the comfort of Patrick being familiar, the excitement of Gabe being unknown, but between the two, she was still part of the Donnelly clan. I do wish Molly and Gabe’s past had been fleshed out earlier in the story; being in the dark made it hard for me to feel their connection.
So Molly’s character did not make great choices. She wasn’t always a good friend, and she was very wishy-washy when it came to what and who she wanted. Having said that, she’s young. This is the time to make bad decisions, and hopefully, to learn from them. It was hard for me not to feel for her because of her relationship with her mother, and I felt a little protective of her character despite her not making wise decisions.
This may have been my first Katie Cotugno book, but it won’t be my last. I really enjoyed 99 Days, and I can’t wait for more from this author!
Narrator: The narrator did a decent job with this book, I just felt that her voice felt a little older than Molly’s age. But I would definitely listen to her again!
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