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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 donDay 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....

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99 Days Reviews

  • Wendy Darling
    2019-02-24 12:52

    I like complicated situations and characters. What I don't like are characters who continue to willfully hurt others over and over and over and over and over again--including the few innocent/nice bystanders--and who otherwise have absolutely zero interesting or redeeming qualities. The double standard of girls being judged for sleeping around when guys aren't is a valid point, but it's mostly lost in the shuffle when the main character is so incredibly, knowingly stupid and behaves in such devastatingly hurtful ways. Nearly everyone in this book is a huge asshole who does shitty things to everyone else. You're upset people can't forgive you for your past mistakes? Then stop being a such an unforgivably selfish jerk to everyone around you. JFC. A (n unsolicited) review copy was provided by the publisher. Two books, two strikes with this author, so it's safe to say I won't be trying this again.

  • Khanh (the meanie)
    2019-03-17 09:50

    Gabe’s still got his palm on my knee. He squeezes a bit, then slides his hand farther over, fingertips picking at the seam on the inner thigh of my jeans.That’s when Patrick nudges his leg against mine. My breath comes fast and ragged all of a sudden, and I concentrate on slowing it down so nobody will hear.The worst part is I can feel myself responding in other ways also, the low swoop of want in my stomach and the skin all over my body tightening up—and I don’t even know who I’m responding to. What is up with me, how messed up am I, that I think it might be both of them?I would recommend this book if you're really into brother-brother love triangles, cheating, and repeatedly making the same mistakes. The only reason this book didn't receive a 1 from me is that it was well-written, the characters felt real, and I did have some serious sympathy for the main character initially. Halfway through, this all changed and I wanted to bash my head against the wall. You know the saying about learning from history? This never, ever happened in this book.Cheating is a touchy issue. It's taboo, certainly, but people do make mistakes. The important thing is that mistakes should be a learning experience in order for the main character to be a better person. The main character in this book cheats. She suffers from the consequences, but she never expresses any true regret about the fact that she cheated. For her, the people involved are almost interchangeable. If one isn't available: go after the other one. Rinse, repeat. That is what I cannot forgive.The main character is incredibly selfish, incredibly self-centered. Whatever sympathy I had (and I had a lot) for her disappeared in the second half of the book.There is good reason to be sympathetic for 17-year old Molly. Her mom, a famous author, wrote a book about her. That would be an invasion of its own, but what's worse is that the book is about when Molly cheated on her boyfriend Patrick with his big brother, Gabe. Now Molly is the town pariah. She wears a scarlet letter. Everyone knows that she cheated. Everyone talks about her behind her back. There is outright antipathy towards her, notes left for her calling her a slut, and worse.I think of the note on my windshield—dirty slut—and feel my skin prickle hotly, imagining everyone here somehow saw it, too, or wrote it or is thinking it even if they didn’t do either of those things. This is what it was like before I left. Julia once called my house phone and left a message, pretending to be from Planned Parenthood saying my STD test had come back positive.There is a definite sense of double standards here, because the other party in the affair, her boyfriend's big brother, doesn't get much negative attention at all.“It feels unfair, though, right?” Gabe says. “I mean, if you’re a dirty slut, then I’m a dirty slut.”What bothers me about this is that, while Molly acknowledges she broke her childhood friend, her first love, her first boyfriend's heart...with his big brother, she never really truly feels bad about any of it.“Patrick Donnelly?” she says, the affection palpable in her voice, the way you talk about your favorite song or movie or person. “Why, you know him?”He was my best friend. He was my first love. I had sex with his big brother. I broke his fucking heart.Yes, she acknowledges that she broke his heart, but there is no real remorse. Her sadness is more due to the fact that she is hated by everyone more than anything dealing with the fact that she cheated. Once things go back to normal...once she begins to get back into her friend's good graces...she shows too clearly that cheaters will continue to cheat and a leopard can't change its stripes.“You love me, and you care about me.” Patrick snorts. “Okay.”“I do!” I protest, stung by the dismissal. “Why the hell else would I have done what I did with you all summer, huh? Why would I have risked hurting Gabe like that—?”“I don’t know; why did you do it last time?” Patrick demands. “Because you like the attention. That’s what it is with you. You’re a poison, you want—”Molly continues to hurt people over and over and over again. She can't make up her mind.And Gabe on her heels: “What’s going on?” he asks.Patrick focuses his reply on his brother: “Why don’t you ask your girlfriend?” he suggests nastily. “And while you’re at it, why don’t you ask her what the fuck else she’s been doing, the whole time she’s been fucking you?”This book was a mine of unexplored potential. It had such potential to be a fantastic book. I wanted to see more character development, the relationship between Molly and her mother, in particular. That could have been developed more than it did. Her mother is callous, not intentionally hurtful, but severely insensitive. I wanted to see more of them, and I didn't get much.“You’re my mom!” I counter, my voice cracking in a way that betrays all the nasty coldness I’ve spent the last year and a half cultivating, an ugly break in the shell. I shake my head, slam the coffeepot down on the counter hard enough I’m afraid it might shatter. “Or, like—you were supposed to be. You chose me, remember? That’s what you always said. But really you just wanted to sell me for parts.”My mom blanches at that, or maybe I just want her to. “Molly—”What a waste of an interesting concept.

  • Lady Vigilante (Feifei)
    2019-03-06 11:59

    2 stars!I found this book through an ad that popped up when I was watching Pretty Little Liars and thought to myself, why not give it a try? It was on sale, I didn’t know what to read and because of the polarizing premise, I knew at the very least the story would keep my attention, a quality that’s very hard to find in books I read nowadays. And I was right – I was never bored but that ends the list of compliments I could ever give this book. “He was my best friend. He was my first love. I had sex with his big brother. I broke his fucking heart.”I have to make clear that love triangles and cheating don’t make me automatically blacklist a book and I’ve loved many stories with these sensitive themes if they’re done well. I went into this book with a very open mind and vowed to not cast judgment on any one character. Unfortunately, that noble idea of mine didn’t last long as I wanted to throat-punch literally EVERYONE by the first quarter of the book.-The heroine Molly Barlow: the most indecisive, wishy-washy heroine I’ve EVER read. Compared to Kiera from Thoughtless (which I loved by the way) she’s 10 times worse. In the beginning I cut her some slack because she’s just a teen trying to find herself but this girl actively cheated. It’s like she’s wired to want the two brothers at the same time and having just one of them isn’t enough. For me, cheating books appeal to me only if I can tell the attraction is just dying to boil over, like the characters in question can’t help but be drawn to each other. But in this book, there was literally zero chemistry between Molly and either brother, which lead me to ask WHY did Molly even cheat on one brother with the other?-Patrick Donnelly: Molly’s first love and the guy who got his heart broken. Not going to sugarcoat, the dude is an asshole. I get that Molly’s betrayal stings and probably turned him into a cynical guy but even when he was with her he was so aloof and from Molly’s memories, everything was not farting rainbows and unicorns. Like I mentioned before, I didn’t feel any chemistry or connection Molly had with either brother so I don’t even get why Molly was in a relationship with Patrick in the first place. I think if the author added more details about Molly and Patrick when they were younger and how they went from friends to a couple it would’ve made their connection much more believable. -Gabe Donnelly: the black sheep of the Donnelly family, Patrick’s older brother, and the guy Molly slept with. With the author making Patrick sort of a jerk and Gabe a smooth-talking hottie, I think I was supposed to lean towards rooting for Gabe and Molly. Nope, didn’t happen. I flat-out hated Gabe. He knew how badly Molly was ostracized and tormented after them sleeping together came out, but what does he do? He goes after her once again the moment she returns to town, regardless of Molly’s feelings and what kind of backlash would occur. Selfish prick! >_<Then there were side characters like Gabe and Patrick’s sister Julia Donnelly who wouldn’t stop torturing Molly and Molly’s mom who was the genius who told the whole world her daughter got involved with both Donnelly boys in the book she wrote...ugh I can’t even with these characters.To an extent, the story did feel ‘real’ and it was definitely raw and ugly, thus I’m sure this is a story that will appeal to a certain group of readers. Usually that’s enough for me as well, but the big difference between this love triangle book and others that I’ve loved is that the characters’ choices were NOT made out of love for the heroine/family/others. They ALL did what they thought would hurt each other the most and would benefit themselves first. As a result, there was no emotional angst or real ‘love’ or that heavy inner turmoil that naturally comes with love triangle books in this story; instead, all I felt was annoyance and wishing the book would end already to put me out of my misery. The only reason I’m not giving this just 1 star is because the writing is engaging and the book did keep my attention and that does count for something. I feel like most readers will either really, really love this book or really, really hate it – few will fall in the middle. Since I was close to murdering these characters, I’m definitely in the hate category. Anyone who decides to read this book, I salute you and wish you all the luck in the world ^_^99 Days is a YA fiction standalone with a huge ass love triangle.

  • Aimee (Aimee, Always)
    2019-03-15 11:06

    *This review is ranty and will possibly contain spoilers.Right off the bat, I need to tell you guys that Molly is an inconsiderate bitch. Half of the time I wished I could go into this book and teach this girl a lesson, because apparently, she can't learn from her mistakes on her own. She has to go prancing around and repeating the mistakes she's made before, and then throws herself a fucking pity party afterwards.See, the whole town shunned her for sleeping with her boyfriend's brother. And when she's given the chance to clean her slate and start anew, she does it again! *slow claps* Really girl, you deserve a fucking award. You could say that the guy started it, but SHE COULD HAVE STOPPED HIM. But noooo. One guy isn't enough for this fabulous young creature here.I mean, Gabe and Patrick are pretty okay as individual characters. Gabe was sweet (although some of his actions were questionable and didn't have any legitimate excuses) and he was a smooth-talker. Patrick was more of an angst-ridden character, but he had reasons to do what he did. But mix them up with the train-wreck that is Molly, all hell breaks loose.Okay, now that I got that off my chest, let's talk about family. HA. Family. We all have misunderstandings with our parents, yeah? But what kind of mother would willingly turn her daughter's mistake into a public story that will obviously change the way people look at her for the worse? And what for, to get her name on the best-sellers list? She doesn't even feel the least bit sorry for sort-of ruining her daughter's social life.Even if it did seem like I hate the book (okay, I did really hate the book), I totally respect Katie Cotugno for writing this. There are lessons to be learned, and important societal cliches that were tackled (although not necessarily dealt with), such as:a.) When sexual issues are involved (aka cheating), females are more likely to be called "sluts", while men are set to roam around like nothing happened. Why? This was the case with Molly and Gabe at first, no matter how hard Gabe tried to convince Molly that they were both outcasts.b.) In life, you're not given infinite chances. Some times too much is too much, and you just have to let go and accept what's given to you.Overall, even if I couldn't appreciate what the book was trying to tell us, I think that a handful of romance readers will completely fall for this book and what it was written for.***I received a free copy for review from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.***

  • Sophia Sardothien
    2019-03-10 15:05

    Review 2.0 WHAT THE CRAP I don't remember ever being so angry with a contemporary book I would have smash it if it wasn't in my kindle. I desperately wanted to love this book.Oh god honestly....Okay this book is about a girl who use to dates a guy, but ends up breaking up with him because she screwed up with his brother. Now the synopsis makes it extremely intriguing right? Like it got me into wondering1) how will she resolve such a crisis 2) who is the guy she truly loves Now DONT LET IT FOOL YOUThe plot is underdeveloped I swear... nothing literally seems to happen for like 99 days according to the chapters names. Personally I usually care less of the plots in contemporary , but one like bursted all anger concealed in me. Okay "takes deep breath" LIKE BAD PLOT IS NOT BAD ENOUGH the characters are just pure agony.Oh god the protagonist is the most boring and lamest protagonist I've read for such a long time... I just don't get how she manages to make TWO BOYS not one to fall in love with her. Given the fact that she is NOT EVEN NICE and has no "real" sense of humor. So Throughout the book I just kept an empty face of disgust, waiting for change. Okay and Honestly I could deal with plain characters. But THROUGHOUT THE BOOK THERE WAS NO NO obvious character development. The protagonist (whom After all this time I still can't remember her name) REPEATS THE SAME DAMN MISTAKE. I WONT EVEN CALL THIS A SPOILER I MEAN I'D KNEW IT WAS COMING FROM PAGE 10 or SO. But most of all it was really her being such a distant voice that bugs me, as if in late 60% I felt as if I'm only reading to page 2. As for her other two love interests I have no idea what to make of them. Given they had known each other for such a long time, I don't feel any chemistry between them at all but just LUST ALL OVER THE ROOM.But overall IT WAS REALLY THE ENDING THAT ANNOYED ME THE MOST. Nothing nothing got resolved it's just after 99 days YOU DONT EVEN HAVE A DECENT (just a decent one would be fine) SOLUTION FOR YOUR MESSED UP PROBLEMS and for that I hereby declared my utmost hatred towards this book. I have no idea how I even manage to finish this The end.I hope I did not offended anyone, as this is utterly from my own perspective.

  • Aj the Ravenous Reader
    2019-03-12 13:57

    The storyline and the major characters are all shades of effed up. Seriously. I wanted to slap Molly’s mom in the face a hundred times, Molly a hundred and fifty. I was yelling every creative curse I can at her for all the times she succumbed to her weaknesses, selfishness and indecisiveness. I wanted to kick Patrick’s head for being a jerk and for experimenting on power tripping. I wanted to smash his and Gabe’s heads together for their egotistical contests at the expense of a girl’s feelings although I’ll probably cure Gabe’s because he’s too sweet.But I must confess that I just could not stop reading. Ms. Katie Cotugno’s writing has that pull on me. I remember feeling pretty much the same on her debut novel, How to Love. Like no matter how flawed her characters are, they find a way of creeping up to that soft part of my heart that wants to empathize and understand and in the end it did. It takes more than one person to break a relationship and all these double standards on women are just too exhausting. I’m glad the author touched this issue. Girls are usually blamed as the seductress who deserve to be the social pariah but in the story, Molly never forced herself on the Donnelly brothers. Yes, she was hurt, young, weak and reckless and I’m not justifying her actions but she grew up with both brothers and all I’m saying is that it’s not so hard to understand she’d develop feelings for both and both the brothers for her. Why does she have to take all the blame? Molly does realize she’s being a bitch and she paid dearly for it. It probably took her long to come to her senses but that’s the reality of life. People don’t come clean in a matter of just a few days, not even 99 days and this is why I’m cutting her some slack because everybody deserves a second chance, even a third and I’m glad Molly gets hers.I believe the author is simply trying to put across the idea that just because people commit supposedly unacceptable things, they’re already bad people. These characters were simply messed up by their situations and their experiences and the author was able to realistically portray it. This is definitely one of those books that reminded me I don’t have to fall in love with the story to appreciate it. Hats off to Ms. Cotugno for the great risk she took in writing this novel. It certainly paid off.

  • Jaime Arkin
    2019-03-10 15:08

    I finished 99 days last night and I woke up this morning still thinking about it. I’m not going to lie, it’s a tough read, and I feel like people are either really going to love this or really going to hate this. Cheating is always a hard topic to really get into. But here’s the thing… while the cheating may be the catalyst to a lot of what happens in this story, it’s not really what it is about once you get to that final page.Molly Barlow lives in the small town of Star Lake… she’s grown up with the Donnelly family, but one year ago she abruptly left to get away from the dirty looks, the people she used to call friends, and the gossip. Her mom did the unthinkable and took a secret she shared with her and turned it into a best-selling novel… The thing is, everyone was able to tell that story wasn’t all fiction… they knew it was about her.I’m going to try to do this without spoiling anything so consider this your fair warning. From the very beginning I found myself connecting with Molly… Not in the way that I could understand what she did, instead I could sympathize for her situation. I understood her feelings of betrayal, her sadness over the loss of her friends and ‘family’ and her heartbreak over losing the guy her life revolved around. I think what Katie Cotugno does amazingly well is create real, flawed and layered characters…. She did it in How To Love, and she does it again here. Each one is crafted with such care and while you may not like the person she’s created, their actions and reactions feel completely real to me. I’ll say it right now, Molly makes some really stupid choices in this story… but they aren’t off base. She’s only 18, she’s just finding her way in life, trying to figure out who she wants to be and what she wants to do and those stupid choices… they make sense. Believe me… I remember making ones just as stupid, and I don’t have the excuse of being young under my belt! The relationships between the characters in this story were also really well done. When Molly left Star Lake, she also ditched out on her best friend… a friend who she didn’t contact for a full year, and when she returned she expected to just jump right back into that role with Imogen but things have changed and I wanted to dislike Imogen for how she was treating Molly, but I couldn’t and when Imogen finally tells her what it was like for her when she disappeared, I got it. What I really loved though, was that these two were able to move past it and rebuild that friendship and despite the things that Molly does wrong she’s able to accept her and advise her and be there for her when things crumble down.Because they absolutely do crumble down. Molly is in no way a saint or innocent in all of this, and yet Cotugno really builds on how people as a society tend to automatically think… blame the girl.That was horribly frustrating to read because it’s sad that that’s what it comes down to. Gabe took barely any backlash from friends and family for what happened between him and Molly and yet she’s the one who gets tormented and teased and harassed. It’s a sad, yet accurate portrayal of typical reactions when this happens. And the relationship between these boys. Patrick and Gabe seem to not have any love lost between them which is sad since they are brothers. But it was hard for me to tell if their issues stemmed from their feelings for Molly or if there was a larger issue at play here. Either way, it was really heartbreaking. As far as the romance-y stuff. I have to say that I was really cheering for Gabe and Molly from the very beginning and that only got stronger as I continued to read. I have my reasons for this, and I know when you read you’ll see why. Gabe is super sweet and just wonderful with Molly (even though I don’t totally agree with something he admits to in the end) and even though there are all these reasons why they shouldn’t be together he isn’t shy about what he wants, but he never truly pressures her or pushes her into any decisions. This book will go on my favorites shelf, right next to my copies of How To Love, once it’s released. Katie Cotugno is quickly becoming one of my go-to authors for smart, complicated, stories that will challenge your feelings about tough topics and make you look at the whole picture dispite any preconceived feelings you might have about it.Thank you to Balzer & Bray and Edelweiss for the advanced copy in exchange for my honest thoughts!

  • Kelly (and the Book Boar)
    2019-03-19 10:54

    Find all of my reviews at: story about a love triangle? And I kinda liked it? I’m pretty sure I’m going to Hell for this one. Let me check the good book to make sure . . .Yep, the Bird Bible says I should get my handbasket ready ‘cause I’m going to burn for eternity.99 Days is the story of Molly Barlow and the Donnelly family who have been friends forever. At some point Molly’s playdates with the three siblings morphed into a different sort of playdate with Patrick Donnelly, alone. The two were a couple forever, it seems . . . . Until Molly started thinking about attending a boarding school that was offering her a running scholarship, Patrick decided to break things off, and Molly found herself falling into the arms of Patrick’s brother, Gabe, for comfort. I know, right? Everyone else is probably already hating this. Buuuuuuuut, in Molly’s defense . . . and she quickly realized she had made a huge mistake. Molly thought her little snafu would be a secret she and Gabe kept forever, but her author mother decided to steal a little “inspiration” from her daughter’s situation and penned a bestseller that outed all the details to the world. Molly fled town, choosing to attend boarding school after all, in order to escape her problems. Now school is done and there are 99 days before college begins. She finds herself back in the same small town, still hated by Julia Donnelly and still caught in the middle of the two brothers . . . I get that a lot of people aren’t going to like this book. I really do. There’s a good chance that I would have not liked it if I had read it at any other time, but 99 Days happened to be at the right place at just the right time. And while I won’t say that it had quite the same amount of magic that How To Lovehad, there’s just something about Katie Cotugno’s writing, and I really dig that she is willing to be so up front and just go there with taboo subject matter in YA romance stories. I’ve read enough of the “who will she choose” B.S. plotlines like in The Hunger Games and Twilight and on and on and on where the boys all sit around pining for the girl and her decision of who she will love. I was soooooo ready for the ugly truth of what happens when a person decides to “dip their toes in a couple of different swimming pools,” if you will. 99 Days dealt with the love triangle issue in such a realistic way. Molly realized she was a selfish butthole and knew things would eventually blow up in her face . . . but she couldn’t stop herself from having feelings for both brothers. And you know what? I didn't hate it. ARC received through Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review

  • Hannah (The Irish Banana Review)
    2019-02-25 16:41

    Look, I enjoyed HOW TO LOVE, Katie Cotugno's debut novel last year. I thought it was original, a complex blend of ya and new adult with real life issues and solid writing. There's gonna be a LOT of spoilers happening in this post.What the flying frak happened here?Let's start with Molly. Molly comes home (aptly titled Day 1) and her house gets egged by her former boyfriend, Patrick's, sister Julia. Well, no big shock there. Molly did break apart Julia's family by sleeping with Julia and Patrick's older brother, Gabe.This is NOT how you keep it in the family, my friends. You're doing it wrong.But we do learn that Molly was outed because her NYT bestselling mom wrote a book about her daughter and her torrid affair with one brother behind the other brother's back. And then gave an interview with People magazine saying it was BASED ON HER DAUGHTER. Mom of the Year right here, guys!So Molly comes back to town and decides to hunt down former bestie Imogen who she basically blew off after the scandal hit and she fled town, but now that Molly's back and Netflix and RedVines aren't cutting it socially, she goes to see if Imogen will rekindle their friendship.Imogen? Not exactly rolling out the welcome mat for Molly, but who can blame her. As Molly leaves, who does she see? GABE.Cue epic sobfest as she breaks down on Main Street in Gabe's arms. But he's all, "There, there Molly. Come to a party with me!"And she's all, "I can't show my face! I'm hated by all!" *sobs*But he convinces her to come. And she goes to the party and sees people she grew up with. Including, Patrick. You know, her first love? Gabe's little brother? The guy they both d*cked over?Patrick is infuriated and amazed that they could show their faces (which, to be fair, Molly thought Patrick was gone for the summer, but big bro Gabe knew Patrick was back and might be at the party - it's like the Manson Family reunion up in here). Molly runs away. Literally. Runs. She runs a lot in this book, enough to make me think she should buy stock in Nike.It's here where I started to lose all interest in this disaster of a book. Here's the highlights:Molly befriends Tess, Patrick's new girlfriend.Gabe and Molly rekindle their forbidden love.Molly decides it would now be in her best interest to hook up with Patrick (thus stabbing Tess in the back and giving Gabe a taste of his own medicine).But it's OK! Because Gabe admits that really he just wanted what Patrick had back when he and Molly hooked up behind baby bro's back.Oh, hold on. Except now he has actual feelings for Molly. So maybe there's hope?And no one writing this review gives a crap about Molly's feelings.

  • Elena
    2019-03-05 14:04

    SO sorry guys, but this is just me ranting!This book pissed me off. BIG TIME.To be honest this was the first time I really wanted to set a book on fire. Which for me is sort of blasphemous. Like, don't get me wrong. I applaud Katie Cotugno for writing a story like this and for her writing style. But I can't say I loved this book, because these characters were SO annoying. Both guys were a**holes. The main protagonist was dumb. At the beginning I felt sympathy for her, but then I just wanted to shake her. We all do mistakes, but when you do the same mistake OVER and OVER again, how can you still ask for forgiveness? To be fair, though, she wasn't the worst character. When it comes to me, those a**hole brothers were the most ridiculous, aggravating and disgusting characters in this book. I disliked Gabe from the start, even though he was the 'nice' one. No buddy. You didn't fool me. There is one thing I dislike more than love triangles. And that's love triangles including siblings.Like seriously? You are BROTHERS. Don't fight over a girl, you idiots. Ugh, I'm going to stop now, this ranting isn't helping. My favourite part of this book is probably the ending. Which is definitely not a popular opinion, but I don't even care. :'D I'm going to hide this book somewhere so I'm not forced to keep staring at it. Because otherwise....let's just say: this book should be scared of me. :P ___________________I guess giving this book 3 stars and then just rant about it, was a bad idea. Some people asked me why I still gave it 3 stars, which is a pretty good question! Like I said above, it wasn't a review, I just wanted to show my frustration with these characters. In a review I would have pointed out why I gave it 3 stars. So I'm just going to do it now real quick. :DLike I said I APPLAUD Katie Cotugno for writing this book! Her writing is amazing, and the topic she chose courageous. I couldn't give it less than 3 stars, because the only thing that I hated where some of these characters. And I feel like you aren't even supposed to like them. It's just a pretty realistic story. So overall this book would definitely deserve 4-5 stars but I had to take a star, because of my growing frustration with these characters. I hope now it clear now. :D :) Like I said before: SORRY for my incomprehensible jabbering :'D

  • Jen
    2019-03-10 11:50

    I don't normally discuss books I didn't like on here, but this is one I can't NOT say something about. There will be spoilers so feel free to stop reading. You have been warned. If you have strong feelings against cheating, you will want to avoid this book. Cheating, betrayal, lies, bullying, self-pity and irresponsibility flow rampant throughout this story. Like Niagara Falls.Molly claims to love Patrick yet she sleeps with his older brother Gabe, who I actually liked for five minutes. But the crap hits the fan (in part because of her Mom) and Molly flees. When she returns the following summer, she acts surprised when people don't welcome her with open arms. Especially Patrick and Gabe's sister Julia. Molly tries to right the wrong she caused by hooking up with Gabe--again. Because consistency and smart choices.Then Patrick shows up with a sweet new girlfriend, and Molly decides she might be confused about her feelings. Jealous too. She combats this by becoming friends with the GF and hooking up with Patrick behind Gabe and the GF's back. Then Gabe. Then Patrick.Back and forth all summer long. Because that's what you do when you love someone, you cheat on them with their own brother. Repeatedly. Lots of clothes come off during all of this, bodies tangle in water, campers, against trees (ouch, btw), and beneath sheets and yet there is not one mention or discussion of birth control or protection. Because responsibility. The crap hits the fan AGAIN, and Molly is right back where she started. It takes two people to cheat. Two people to bear the consequences and responsibility for the choices made. Or in this case, three. And yet, no one does. As a reader, it's incredibly FRUSTRATING to walk away from a book feeling no sympathy or respect for any of the characters. None of them experienced any real growth and none of them were redeemable by books end. Disappointing too.

  • Chelsea (chelseadolling reads)
    2019-02-25 09:04

    Wow, okay. So I ended up really enjoying this. It deals a lot with cheating and families and I know that a lot of people didn't like this book BECAUSE of that, but I feel like it was pretty well handled. I mean, obviously cheating sucks and there's pretty much no way around that, but I feel like this book is a great demonstration of WHY it sucks so much to cheat on someone who loves you and all the people it effects. Idk. I really enjoyed this. I definitely think it's better than Katie Cotugno's other book and that it's worth checking out. I'll definitely go into this more in my September wrap up video if any of y'all are interested in that.

  • Beth Hudspeth
    2019-02-23 15:57

    Reviewed by: Hello Beautiful Book BlogA different kind of summer romance with a concept that will keep you fully engaged, even though some of the content will have you scratching your head.Despite some of the main character’s terrible choices there was definitely a level of entertainment something like a soap opera would bring to you. I just had a hard time connecting with the main character and some parts of the story line. However, 2 stars does not mean I hated it, it just means I thought it was okay. If I can finish a book, it means I liked it on some level. I’m also sort of an emotional reader and an impulse reader so maybe i just read it at the wrong time.Molly Barlow has basically wronged her boyfriend and the whole town knows about it and hates her for it. The main premise of the story is totally believable and cheating happens like every day, so that’s not the part I had an issue with. I don’t really even care about the cheating aspect. I don’t like cheating, but hell I don’t like a lot of different things that happen in books and cheating is a real thing so writing stories about it is inevitable, but I digress. The part I had an issue with was the part about the whole town turning against her. Why do they all care about Patrick so much? He was basically shutting everyone out and a tad antisocial so I’m confused why everyone was on his side. I mean yeah, Molly did some questionable things, but damn, give her a break. She literally had to uproot her life and move across the country to gain some peace. I was not convinced that this was believable, when the author made such believable characters.The main character Molly definitely seemed like a confused teenager, which so many of us are or used to be, but damn girl, learn from your mistakes. I wanted to root for her, I really did, but she made it hard when every time she got on the wagon, she was falling right off again. I wanted to shake her on multiple occasions. She wasn’t all bad though, when someone was nasty to her I was rooting for her to win or get them back. I know I still kind of liked her if I was hoping for the bullies’ demise.My favorite part of the book was the book within the book, Driftwood. Molly’s mother is a bestselling author and wrote her latest bestseller based on her daughter Molly’s life and her cheating on Patrick. Subsequently making her daughter’s life a living hell. I thought this idea for a novel surrounding the life of a girl in a novel was very clever. I also really liked how each day was a chapter and followed the days one by one.Overall, the parts I just couldn’t get over led me to rate this kind of low, but really it was pretty good and don’t let that stop you from giving it a chance! I actually borrowed it from the library so no harm, no foul!***********I keep going between 2 and 3 stars. I liked the writing style and I love YA summer books, but the content just had me scratching my head. The MC is pretty dumb when it comes to relationships and I kept getting so mad at her.Review to come.

  • Riley
    2019-02-20 17:07

    Review to come later!

  • Jen (The Starry-Eyed Revue)
    2019-03-19 15:59

    An advance copy of this title was provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review. My thoughts are my own.This review can also be found at The Starry-Eyed Revue.I'm just going to get to the point straightaway: there probably won't be many in-betweeners on this one. 99 Days is a book that you're likely to either love or loathe, depending on your stance on cheating and love triangles and how open-minded you are to either concept. I don't particularly enjoy reading about these things, but I'm not opposed to reading for great writing, despite what happens in the story. And I really, really liked How to Love, so I knew I had to give this book a chance.I'm really glad I didn't let ideas that make me uncomfortable keep me from picking up this story. 99 Days was genuine, gritty, and realistic. It was complicated. It was messy. But there's so much more to the story than just cheating. It also explores society's tendency to automatically assume the girl is at fault when something like this happens, to start with the insults and end with harassment while the guy sees no punishment for his actions. This book also features a unique mother-daughter relationship that was painful to read about and probably much worse to endure in real life.Every single character in this book is just so flawed. I don't think you're necessarily supposed to like them, but I actually found that I did, even if I didn't always (read: ever) agree with their choices and actions. But I get it. At eighteen, you don't always make the best decisions. I know I didn't. I always feel the need to divulge too much when a story likes this comes along, but I'm going to refrain from that now. Instead, I just think it crucial to point out that many of us have made mistakes of this proportion, even if they weren't necessary of this caliber. Also, everyone deserves a second chance.The relationships in this book are just as complicated as the characters in them. From the flawed mother-daughter relationship I mentioned earlier to the brother triangle the main character finds herself in, these characters have issues. I appreciated that self-deprecating Molly was able to acknowledge in the end that it wasn't just her own actions that resulted in her current circumstances but a culmination of hers and those that loved her. She started this book out so miserable and alone, and even though the ending was rather bittersweet -- but entirely of her own making -- I still smiled at the fact that Molly was getting her second chance.99 Days was a hard book to read but also a very difficult story to put down. There's just something so addicting in reading about someone else's misery, especially when it's so relatable. It's hard to look away from something like that, and this story is no different. It's not even 2015 yet, and this book has already made my favorites list for the year.GIF it to me straight:

  • Kaitlin
    2019-03-02 12:46

    DNF --- 40%I. Do. Not. Recommend. This. Book.I was looking for a cute summer read to end of my summer break with. Gabe is adorable.The Writing-style is amazing.So why did I DNF this?Because of Molly. I don't think I've ever hated a book character as much as her. She is so self-absorbed and clueless and gosh I cannot stand her. All she does is blame everything else on her problems when it is her own fault. She is the one who cheated and she will not take any responsibility for it. Like no. Molly is absolutely horrible and there are many words that come to mind to describe her but I am not going to post them on here, but just know that how the secondary characters in the book describe her is completely accurate.If you are looking for a one-dimensional character who sees nothing wrong with cheating, slut shaming, and terrible parenting, well then go for this book. If not, I beg of you to avoid this book at all costs.

  • Sarah
    2019-03-19 14:02

    (Source: I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to HarperCollins and Edelweiss.)This was an enjoyable YA contemporary romance, and as I got further into it I was desperate to know what would happen!I liked Molly, and I felt sorry for her and the way her mother had spilled all her secrets to the world. I can’t imagine that having your love life turned into a book and having everyone reading your most intimate confessions would be easy! I did think that Molly had done things that maybe weren’t a good idea, or the best thing to do, but it was also easy to see how she made those mistakes. Sometimes you just get wrapped up in the heat of the moment, and common sense goes out the window!The storyline in this was pretty good, and it improved as it went along. I did wonder what on earth Molly was doing at points though. I mean a love triangle with 2 brothers? Has she read ‘The Summer I Turned Pretty’? Dating brothers is never going to be a good idea. At some point you’re going to either end up breaking both their hearts, or you’re going to compare them in bed and possibly find similarities, or you’re going to end up married to one of them, whilst knowing what the other one is like in bed! Talk about a mess!Anyway, as I’ve said, we got a love triangle in this book, and as we slowly found out just what had gone on as the book progressed, we also started to see some similarities between what had previously happened, and what was happening between Molly and the 2 brothers during this story! Crazy!The ending to this was pretty good, but I didn’t really want the book to end! I wanted to know more about Molly, Gabe, and Patrick, and I wanted the shenanigans to continue on for a bit longer! I have to say that I’d really like a sequel to this book.7.5 out of 10

  • Juhina
    2019-03-09 09:51

    Cheating has a big part in this book and I personally felt uneasy reading about it. How could I root for someone who is cheating?It was addicting though and I couldn't stop reading. Full Review99 Days is the sophomore novel for Katie Cotugno. Living up to How to Love is almost impossible but I was willing to give 99 Days a go. 99 Days' plot was easy to get into and get hooked on. It counts up the days by each chapter. I was so excited to read it because, I mean, read the synopsis! Girl comes back from out of town after she somehow fled the town when something big happened that ruined her friendship and relationship with Patrick, Gabe, and Julia. You see, Molly used to date Patrick but apparently she cheated on him with his brother, Gabe. This was months before the book started and I was ready for Molly to face the consequences of her mess up and see where the author would take us from there. Unfortunately the author took us exactly back to how it was instead this time, the brothers' roles were switched. It bugged me so so much that a) Molly STILL didn't learn from her mistake of messing with these two and b) SHE IS STILL CHEATING. I hate hate hate books that have cheating in them.. especially protagonists that justify it and keep doing it again and again and again. I grew so tired of Molly.. so unbelievably disgusted by her and her ability to easily swing from one boy to the other claiming love. I hated how she never questioned what the hell she was doing and when she did.. it was short and fleeting and then justified. If I rate this book alone on Molly, I would give it 1 star. However plot, progression of story, and pacing all should be accounted for. Which is why I gave 99 Days three stars. For one, I couldn't put this book down.. even if I tried.. I would just pick my nook up and continue reading. Another, I really do enjoy Cotugno's writing. She has a way of writing that really appeals to me. and three, she didn't shy away from ending it the way she did. I literally gasped towards one of the last chapters because of how shocked I was at something. So in all, this isn't a book I would be recommended to anyone because I don't care to read any books about cheating but I must say it is an addicting contemporary.

  • Andreya Klobucar
    2019-03-03 09:02

    I NEED TO KNOW WHAT HAPPENS NEXT...why is there no more book? I think my book is missing pages or something. I stayed up until 2 am for this really anticlimactic ending, my stomach rumbling from hunger with no red vines or twizzlers in sight. I thoroughly enjoyed this book and the cuteness of it all. I rated it a 4 because Molly pissed me off a lot haha and I'm still not sure how I feel about the way it ended. The characters were 2 and a half dimensional (so not quite 3D but almost) and I felt connected at some parts while during others I was lost or just royally pissed. The way the characters seem to turn on each other without explanation just showed how fragile their relationships were. I loved how that played out. I don't want to spoil anything but yeah if I could write a character sketch of these characters I would have the time of my life. Overall it was a good contemporary that I didn't want to put down at all over the past few days and apparently until early hours in the morning. I would definitely recommend it to anyone who likes drama haha. A more in depth review coming up on soon.

  • Shannon Moore
    2019-02-26 13:50

    Um... wow. I can definitely see why this has so many low ratings - I'm sitting at 2.5 stars. I'm just really not a fan of how the storyline went (there were so many directions it could've travelled but this is what was chosen?) the open ending, and how little remorse the heroine actually has for her actions. There's no decision making processes or care for how she was hurting many of her friends over and over. Side note: I despise when guys use like a lot. "Like, I don't even know who you are right now.""I just... like, what do you want me to say?""Who cares? I don't even, like, get his problem" LOL, no. Stop it.

  • Jasprit
    2019-03-03 14:54

    4.5 stars99 Days was a book I found myself immediately caught up with, usually when a character finds their back against the wall, I always find myself rooting for them to pick themselves up and fight back. Molly Barlow made a big mistake and yes it ended up ruining one of the best relationships she had with the Donnelly’s, but this doesn’t mean she was the only one to blame, there were two people that made the mistake, but Molly was the only one who ended up dealing with the backlash and this aspect I didn’t like at all. So when Molly did come back after her time being isolated I wanted all the bad stuff to stop and to find out what really went down.Normally when two brothers are involved, I typically tend to stay away from reads such as these, but honestly Gabe and Patrick couldn’t be any more different (and does anyone else have a weak spot for certain characters names?, well Patrick is at the top of my list, I don’t know why I’ve always associated it with a hot Irish guys and when certain Patrick’s come along with stormy grey eyes I’m a gonner.) Anyways I digress, I honestly thought I knew who was right for Molly, when Molly was just dropped by everyone and returned, Gabe was the one who really took interest and actually encouraged her to stop moping inside and tried to make Molly believe that she wasn’t the only one to blame. But then over the course of the book when Patrick starts opening up a bit more I was a 100% team Patrick, this guy could just turn me to mush with his straight to the heart lines, he was a person who when he was being honest about his feelings I just fell for him even more. But then there was parts when we got more of Patrick’s and Molly’s back story that made me all mad that I kind of liked it when Gabe stepped in and told Molly what she needed to hear. I had a see-saw sort of relationship with both Gabe and Patrick, as I ended up liking them both so much at times, that even if you asked me now I don’t think I could choose between them. But with the way things ended, I sort of have an idea in my head of how things could end up later down the line and with whom (I actually wish that this would happen).I know this sort of story featuring two brothers wouldn’t be everyone’s cup of tea, especially with some of the things that happen part way through. But especially for me I think Cotugno did a brilliant job with this book, I love my books which keep me hooked from the very first page and with the amount of books I go through these guys, it’s kind of hard to do that. Also I never had an inkling about how things could turn out or who Molly would choose, so the way things ended up completely took me by surprise! I think the way the story was told was one of my favourite aspects too, there’s 99 days left until Molly leaves for college, so we’re given the story as a sort of a countdown until Molly can leave, but in between the 99 days we’re given snippets into Molly’s time when she was living back at home and before everything hit the fan. And these aspects I hugely appreciated, as these scenes did give a lot of insights into why certain people were acting the way they were, but also I loved getting to know these characters in the past a little bit more.99 Days was a book which ended up surprising me in a lot of ways, I’m quite steadfast in what I do and don’t like in a book, but this time around things which would have probably grated on me, I found I didn’t mind at all. Cotugno’s writing may have contributed significantly to this, as it was so easy to find myself caught up in the story because of her gorgeous writing (my kindle overfull with highlighted quotes is proof of this). Cotugno really did impress me with her debut read How to Love two years ago and now she has impressed me yet again with 99 Days. I can safely say Cotugno will be an author whose future books I will immensely look forward to getting my hands on.This review can be found on: The Readers Den

  • Hazel (Stay Bookish)
    2019-03-12 17:05

    Visit Stay Bookish for more book reviews!Katie Cotugno’s debut novel, How To Love, was one of my favorite novels in 2013 and I was so psyched to hear about her new book. She excels in writing very complicated stories that I enjoy and I can definitely say her sophomore novel is just as messy but captivating.“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.”I couldn’t stop myself from devouring 99 Days. It was such a frustrating read in a really good way. Molly Barlow is facing the harsh consequences of cheating on her boyfriend Patrick with his brother Gabe. In the 99 days she waits until she can go off to college, surely she can survive the nastiness and the slut-shaming. She at least has one person on her corner, albeit the guy she cheated with, who is particularly very charming. But it’s a long summer and Molly is still prone to mistakes- as much as anyone else.“We’ve finally destroyed each other, finally eaten each other alive. We’re never coming back from this.”Can you love a book that made you angry? Apparently yes, at least for me. I hated the shit Molly had to put up with. I hated that she had to put up with it. I hated that she did what she did and the things she does further along the story. But I loved how Molly was such a realistic protagonist. Loved how genuinely convoluted her relationships were. Loved how much I just understood because the narrative allowed me to. Loved that there were lessons to be learned and things to be realized, not only for Molly but for the reader.“I think of how he knows my ugly parts and likes me anyway, how he’s not perpetually disappointed by the person I turned out to be.”The book tackled these unlikeable topics (cheating, bullying and double standards) and characters and yet I still appreciated how I was really there just feeling everything that Molly was going through. Though I’ve never been through what she had, never done the things she did, there was still a connection between her and me as the reader. To put simply, I sympathized with the main character, no matter how many stupid choices she made. There was room for much growth and I was glad to that Molly’s character did develop really well in the end. All this, I think, is a testament how strong and authentic Katie Cotugno’s writing is. I’m in awe once again.“A lot of times it feels like I’m the only one still lost.”99 Days is a novel to be read with an open mind. It’s a challenging read with absolutely flawed characters in really uncomfortable situations. Still, I think 99 Days is worth reading if you like conflicting stories about imperfect people. It won’t be for everybody but if there’s a shot that you could get into this, I say read it.

  • Arlene
    2019-02-27 10:51

    I’m surprised about my reaction to 99 Days. This is a book I normally wouldn't like because of the love triangle between a girl and two brothers, but for some reason it kept me interested, and I never really had the urge to punch Molly in the face. I must have been in a really good mood because under different circumstances, I would have dropped this story like a bad habit. 99 Days takes place after Molly returns home after finishing her senior year at a boarding school states away from her hometown. When she last left, she was the center of attention after her romance between Gabe and Patrick went public and caused a backlash among her friends. The details of the publicity had my blood boiling because her mother, who happens to be an author, wrote a story based on Molly’s romance between her and the two brother.First off, there weren't too many people I liked in this novel. I couldn't stand the mother. I don't care if her profession is writing fiction, but to use your daughter for fodder was just unacceptable. And most importantly, I couldn't understand how her mom refused to apologize for ruining her daughter's life. She seemed so disconnected and uncaring. Just wow…Also, Molly never really tried to make things easy on herself. She kept jumping from brother to brother and when people would attack her for her stupid choices, she was a jellyfish! It takes two people to cause a scandal, and I wish she would have stood up for herself sooner.Lastly, I never really got the sense that Patrick was a nice guy, so the fact that Molly cheated (which she really didn’t – they were on a break… cue Friends) on him, I wasn’t that moved by the whole debacle. Not saying he deserved it, but rather, I just didn’t care.Overall the story took me by surprise. Not a book I would normal enjoy but the writing was entertaining and the story kept flowing, so I stuck with it. Not great, but not terrible either.

  • Harmonyofbooks
    2019-02-21 13:50

    Uzun bir öpücük değildi, sadece buradasın der gibi bir dokunuştu. İşte buradasın, diye düşünüp başımı kaldırmıştım. Duvardan sarkan, okuduğumuz dergiler gibi yıllardır babasına ait olan o kafesli ampulden yansıyan ışığın vurduğu yüzüne bakmıştım.İşte buradasın.2,5/5🌟🌟Gerçekten kalbimi çok kıran bir kitaptı kendisi. Elime geçtiği gibi okuduğum kitabı bırakıp resmen üstüne zıpladım. Yazardan Beni Yine Sev kitabını okumuş çok beğenmiştim ve uzun zamandır içimdeki genç yetişkin romantik tarzı kitap özlemini nihayet bastıracağım sevinciyle derin bir nefes alıp okumaya başladım. Öncesinde zaten konusundan beni bazı kısımlarının irite edeceğine emindim çünkü baş kız karakterimiz hem erkek karakterimiz olan Patrick'in yanı sıra Gabe'le de arasında bir şeyler geçiyor. Ve bu tür konulu kitaplarda bazen sinir merkezim sarsılıyor. Buna rağmen kitaba büyük bir hevesle sarıldım. Ana karakterimiz Molly uzun zamandır sevgili oldukları Patrick'i ağabeyi Gabe ile aldattıktan sonra bu suçluluk hissini bastıramaz ve olanları annesine anlatır. Annesi de yazar olduğu için kızının yaşadıklarını kendi kafasında kurgular ve bu konu üzerine bir kitap yazar. Kitap gitgide popülerleşirken Molly'in yaptığı bu büyük hata ortaya çıkarak Patrick'le kesin olarak yollarını ayırmasını sağlar. Aslında kitap ilk yarıya kadar çok güzel gidiyordu. Her ne kadar Molly eve geri döndüğü gibi Gabe ile takılmaya başlasa bile kitabın yarısına gelmeden kesinlikle Patrick ile arasındaki hislerin ortaya çıkacağını tahmin ediyordum. İlk yarıda Molly'i çok sevmiştim çünkü annesiyle arasında geçenler, eski ortamı tarafından sürekli dışlanması ve içindeki o suçluluk hissini duygularıyla betimlemesi benim bile suratıma buruk bir ifade kondurdu. Fakat ilk yarıdan sonra kitap tek kelimeyle çığırından çıktı. Molly ile Patrick arasında bir şeyler geçmeye başladığında Molly'in artık kesinlikle Gabe'le görüşmeyeceğini düşünüyordum ama aksine Patrick ile gizli gizli görüşürken Gabe'le bir türlü sözde ilişkisini bitirmedi ki ikisi arasında geçen ilişki öyle saçma ki; Molly zaten eve sadece bir süreliğine dönüp 99 gün sonra üniversiteye başlayacak. Uzun süreli bir ilişkileri olmayacağı halde bile bile günden güne Gabe'in ona bağlanmasına göz yumuyor. Zaten bitecek bir ilişkiyi başlatıp sürdürmek yeterince saçma değilmiş gibi hem Patrick'e hem Gabe'e aynı anda bir şeyler hissetmesi beni çok sinirlendirdi çünkü böyle olduğunda o kız karakter gözümde çok zayıf oluyor. Hislerinden emin olmayan, aşk diye tattığı duyguyu tek bir kişide yetinmeyip asıl hislerinin de zayıf olduğunu kanıtlayan ve hatta böyle bir duruma düştüğü halde diğerini de idare ettiği için iki yüzlüden farksızdı. İlk yarıda Molly'i gerçekten çok seviyordum ve kitabın içine dalıp onu savunmak isteyecek kadar coşmuştum fakat sonrasında beni çığırından çıkarttı. Aslında bir zamandan sonra sadece Molly değil Patrick ve Gabe de tahammül etmekte zorlandığım sınıra dayandı. Ayrıca kitabın hem çevirisinde hem de yazarın kaleminde gariplikler mevcut. Zaman konusunda yazarın kalemi redaktede batmış durumda. Önce Patrick'le lise ikide ayrıldığını, sonra lise sonda başka lisede okuduğunu sonra lise son sınıfı beraber okuduklarını derken zaman kavramını böyle eline alıp çevire çevire kitabı karmakarışık yaptı. Çeviri konusundaki bana göre hatalı olan kısımsa olayın seyrini değiştirecek çok önemli bir bölümde önceden çevrilen bir cümle sayesinde bir şeyin yaşandığını sanırken aslında olmadığını okuyoruz ve aynı bölüm içinde bazı cümlelerin çevirisine mana yükleyemedim. Bu sayede diyaloglar olduğundan daha da karışık hale geldi. Kitabın sonunu ne sizin sorun ne ben söyleyeyim. Tüm bu eleştirdiğim kısımları güzelim bir sonla yutup atmak isterdim ama ne yazık ki kitabın sonu bakımından da çok bahtsızdım. Yazarın önceki kitabını çok sevmiştim ama sanki bu kitabı o yazmamış gibiydi. Bu türde çok fazla okuduğum için çok seçici oluyorum ve sanırım artık romantik kitaplarda okumadan önce çok heyecana girmemeyi kendime öğütleyeceğim. İçimi döküp rahatladığıma göre belki de benim tersime beğenebileceğinizi şuraya sıkıştırarak keyifli okumalar diliyorum..

  • Kaitlin
    2019-03-02 15:49

    *Source: I received an e-arc of this book in exchange for an honest review.I definitely got sucked into 99 Days! It was tough to pull away from at many times. It wasn't until the end, though, that I looked back and thought, "wow, that was REALLY good." Events in the end made me appreciate how things were handled in this book, even if I did get upset with the main character's actions on quite a few occasions. You will most likely be upset with Molly. She made some really bad decisions and she may not learn from them as quickly as some readers would like (it takes her quite awhile). She was a runner. She always ran away, but part of what this story was all about is growing a spine and learning how to sticking up for yourself. One of my favorite things about Molly is that she is so flawed--so incredibly flawed. I loved the lessons she learned from her mistakes! I also loved where her story ended. It felt right. The ending was perfect for her growth. It just . . . needed to happen.I don't have much to say about the other characters. Tess and Imogen stood out the most. I felt really bad for Tess. She was an incredibly nice person and didn't deserve certain things that happened to her. As for Imogen, I appreciated her and Molly's relationship. It was helpful for the heroine to have some support from a good friend. Just because you made terrible mistakes doesn't mean you shouldn't be able to rebuild great friendships!There is definitely romance, but that's not what the book is about. I don't even have much to say on the romance! I can say that I liked Gabe more and despised Patrick at many times, but the guys weren't one of the best parts for me. Sure, I loved the scenes with Molly and Gabe, but looking back, those weren't what made me really like the book.I loved what this book was really about (or at least, what it was about to me--it can be interpreted in different ways). Sometimes, you just have to say enough and let things go. That can take a lot of courage to do, since moving on can be so difficult. Also, saying "enough" isn't the same as running away. They seem similar, but they're quite different.Overall, this book was pretty great! I appreciated how Cotugno tackled a tough story. There were things in 99 Days that won't make readers happy, but they were necessary for the story and the character growth. The fact that they even happened made me like the book a little more. It felt different, too. It had cheating in it, which can be tough to include in YA (since so many readers are against it). If you like YA contemporaries with a heroine that, despite how unlikable she may be to some readers, makes a big leap in growth by the end of her story, I definitely recommend this one!

  • Meli
    2019-03-11 11:57

    ¡FELICIDADES A MOLLY! Por ser una de las protagonistas más horrendas con las que me crucé en mi vida, le dediqué una entrada en mi blog: PROTAGONISTAS QUE MERECEN UN FLECHAZO EN LA FRENTE , en donde explico por qué es horrenda y por qué no le recomendaría este libro ni a peor enemigo :D No se la pierdan ;)1.5 y solo porque el final fue decente (lo único, de hecho).I JUST CAN'T.Este libro atrasa al menos 100 años.Es irritable y misógino. En un momento de enojo, Molly se acuesta con el hermano mayor de su novio de toda la vida, la descubren, huye, vuelve, se victimiza y, lo peor, REPITE TODO EL MISMO PATRÓN DE VUELTA. Pero, por supuesto, al final todo se alinea para que sea culpa de los demás, porque ella es un snowflake perfecto, y la protagonista de la historia, así que jamás asume su responsabilidad en nada, porque no le corresponde y solo merece ser feliz, tras boludear a dos chicos y toda su familia durante todo el libro.Todo el mundo comete errores, pero la forma en la que este libro lidia con ello es tan estúpida, egoísta y arcaica, que simplemente es imposible ser compasivo.

  • Ellis
    2019-02-22 08:58

    Holy shit. I'm going to leave the rating blank for now because I need to think about this one for a little. It gets ugly and it's messy and it's confused people making stupid decisions and I got so mad but I think I also love it? It's impossible not to have a reaction to this book. I don't think anyone is ever going to label this as "a perfectly fine/nice book" and I'm actually really excited about that, but I think it's also going to be a very polarising read. If you liked Cracked Up to Be, 17 First Kisses and maybe even Open Road Summer, and especially their protagonists, then I suggest you give this one a try. RTC

  • Colette
    2019-02-20 09:09

    A fast, light contemporary that perfectly sets the mood for a relaxing summer beach day. I love the set up of the story, how each chapter is a different day, 1-99. However, from beginning to end, it feels like Molly, the main character, comes full-circle, and by that I mean she ends up where she started. Overall 3/5 stars; not the best book, but it has its moments of beauty.

  • Rose
    2019-02-17 14:00

    Quick review for a not-so quick read, but to me was still worth the time. Oh, how the heck am I going to expound upon this book? It's a hard sell and I understand the range of emotions as to how people whether really liked it or absolutely loathed the experience of reading it. The pretty cover on my edition of this book will fool you. You come in thinking that this might be a happy-go-lucky novel of relationships, but then you read the blurb and the collective story and think "THIS IS NOT LIGHT AND FLUFFY! THAT COVER'S LIGHT AND FLUFFY, DANGNABIT!!!"So if you're looking for something lighthearted or with swoon worthy characters, please exit off the monorail to the right right now because that's not happening with this novel.My jests aside, notice if you're reading my tags/shelves for this book that I'm not putting this as a romance novel. I absolutely refuse to. It's not a romance novel as much as it is a relationship novel with tough leanings, and I'll at least give Cotugno credit for dealing with a pretty taboo subject matter in a responsible way, even if multiple characters' actions weren't anywhere near responsible for the scheme of events that occurred in "99 Days."I'll admit two things upfront for you guys before I dive into this review fully: 1. I do not typically like novels with cheating relationships. I rather detest them because more often than not, quite many a time in the scheme of romance novels, they're not treated with the gravity/weight/repercussions that they have in real life. There's always this thing where people say "Oh she was better with the guy she cheated on anyway, it's okay just because he's hot/cute/sexy/whatever" justification that makes the moral transgression less significant and focus more on the romantic ship. Not to mention, the difficult emotions and relationships are dropped faster than a blink in favor for the HEA.I find that stereotypical portrayal to be full of B.S., because cheating is a real thing and with respect to relationships: it HURTS. (I don't know about this kind of thing personally, but I've known people who've gone through the emotional gauntlet and aftermath of it.) But - and this is a caveated "but" - I can read it to an extent when I can see the way it affects the characters contained within and when the gravity of the situations and people involved comes across. I can also read it when the characters are fully developed/realized and I can figure out what they're thinking and feeling in the scheme of the decisions they make and such.2. I can read novels about unlikable characters and their actions/relationships if the narrative has a strong enough pull and immersion where I can say "Okay, I understand why the POV character and the supporting characters think and feel the way they do." Personal relationships are complex in terms of understanding and watching them unfold, so only examining them in a single handed/dimensioned way - to me - undervalues the experience. It is especially undervaluing if it's notably skewed to a certain POV, rather than the actual relationships and build in the novel itself.That being said, my experience with Cotugno's "99 Days" was fair. I won't say I enjoyed this novel, but I did appreciate it because it's rare that I see a YA novel go "there" when it comes to portraying relationships of this measure. Reading the situations felt like pulling teeth at times, but with the reality of the situation itself, that was pretty much a given.To the novel's premise, Molly has 99 days before she has to go to college, and she's forced to go back to the hometown she left behind where she's been branded a social outcast. Reason? She was involved with a guy (Patrick), was dumped by said guy, and ended up having a one-night stand with said guy's brother (Gabe). She does not tell Patrick that she slept with guy, but Molly's mother decides - after her daughter confesses to the whole mess - to use the situation as fuel to write a bestselling novel.And Molly's secrets are secrets no more. She's branded as a "slut" and relentlessly bullied and shamed into silence and hiding (which led to her stint in boarding school).Suffice to say, Molly does not get a welcome homecoming, at least not by her former best friends - one who is the sister to the brothers, and the other who was going through her own personal pains and was subsequently abandoned by Molly when she abruptly left town.Molly is a selfish, conceited brat. Don't get me wrong. That's her fatal flaw. I didn't like her, didn't respect the decisions she made, wanted to throw her out with the bathwater several times as I read her perspective and watched her fall into similar situations that she described being a part of previously. I knew this, but I did vividly watch her experiences, affections, and somewhat coming to terms here. She's a young woman, but very naive and careless with her relationships. I don't know if her coming to terms was as grounded, developed, and progressive as it could've been, but I saw it.I equally raged at Gabe and Patrick's actions (because they used Molly for their own motivations/conflicts, but I don't know if that was as focused upon as Molly's experiences because they weren't front and center.) I liked that the narrative did expound on the unfair blame game that women often get subjected to in this measure, as well as the bullying and inner dialogue of guilt and examination of relationship complications, but I feel like that message was somewhat lost in the scheme of events in this novel, especially with Molly pretty much not learning from her mistakes until yet another crash and burn situation occurred. For what it's worth, though, Cotugno does deal with the realism of the situation, rather than glossing over it for a certain "ship" or formula that would remove the weight of the emotions of people involved in it, including Molly herself.I feel like this could've been a fuller novel than what it was, though. I appreciated the attempt of what it aimed for, but didn't particularly care for how it was executed, and that's probably what has me sitting right on the fence. I valued the time taken for this, but at the same time - I feel like the way it came across didn't really make the most of the subject matter, especially considering the weight of it.Overall score: 3/5 stars.

  • Shannon (It Starts At Midnight)
    2019-02-24 11:43

    Here's my disclaimer: This book, as I am sure many of you have heard, is a bit... shall we say, polarizing. There are topics that may make people uncomfortable, like cheating, love triangles, lies and betrayal. But here is another thing this book is: honest, and quite frankly, realistic.I don't think I need to announce it, but I will: Molly is flawed. Flawed as hell. But I liked her, somehow. I think it was because she was very aware of her flaws. She wasn't making excuses, or blaming someone else, she acknowledged her mistakes, and wanted to move past them. And I couldn't help but feel sympathetic as the whole town basically pinned a scarlet "A" on her, all while there are zero social ramifications for Gabe.Let's talk about these boys for a moment. Gabe is the older brother of Patrick, Molly's ex-boyfriend. And he's an ex because, well, while they were briefly separated, she was with his brother. And then didn't tell him when they got back together. So I mean, it wasn't great, but it kind of wasn't the worst thing that anyone's ever done either. Gabe is pretty great, in my opinion. He's charismatic, funny, and really doesn't give a damn about what these people think of him or Molly. He knows how wrong the double standard is, how unfair it is for Molly to take flack but not him. He's a solid guy, and I was so happy when he and Molly started talking again. Then there's Patrick, who I basically could not stand. He seemed very selfish, and entitled, and I couldn't really find his redeeming qualities. I guess for Molly, he was her first love, and they'd been friends forever and all that jazz, but for me? Meh. I wasn't a fan of Patrick.After everyone found out about Molly and Gabe, and the taunting began, Molly hightailed it to a boarding school in Arizona. So when the book starts, Molly is just coming back to New York after a year away from all these people and their nonsense. You'd think they'd have gotten lives over the past nine months, but no, because half the town is still insistent upon making Molly's life hell. But there are some really decent people in town, people who aren't going to judge Molly based on one indiscretion that is none of their business. Those people are basically awesome. I don't even want to tell you who they are, because it might ruin the fun of finding out.Of course, that isn't the end of the story, not by a long shot. Molly hasn't quite learned from her mistakes as much as one would hope, and she starts going down a very slippery slope that could kind of ruin all the progress (and new relationships) she's made.The thing about this story that I loved so much is that yeah, Molly does some really dumb stuff. Even she knows how dumb it is. But she's young, and she is conflicted, and you know, it just made so much sense. I don't condone Molly's actions, but this book was written in such a way that I understood them. I think we all have the ability to mess up, and to do something we later regret, Molly just happened to fall into the opportunity to act on it. And she did the wrong thing, absolutely, but she is human, and we make mistakes. It's what we do about it that eventually defines the kind of person we are. Do we learn from them and try to make better choices? That's all you can really ask of someone, at the end of the day.The other thing that I really enjoyed about this book was just the sheer readability of it. I couldn't put it down! I don't know what it was about the writing, but I absolutely flew through this book. The characters were all very fleshed out, even some of the more minor ones, and some of them I loved, and some I loved to hate, but I wanted to know their stories all the same. This isn't really a spoiler, but I wanted to say something about the ending, but I hate when people say too much about the ending so I'll use a spoiler tag, just in case:  (view spoiler)[While we may not all like the outcome, it really is appropriate. I don't think any other ending would have done the story justice.(hide spoiler)]Bottom Line: I liked this book quite a lot. Yeah, there were moments that I was super frustrated, and wanted to kind of smack some people (it wasn't just Molly, trust me!), I enjoyed the story immensely, and feel like I really got some good messages out of reading it.This review was originally posted on It Starts at Midnight