ARC Review: 99 Days by Katie Cotugno

ARC Review: 99 Days by Katie Cotugno
99 Days
by Katie Cotugno

Genres: Contemporary, Drama, Romance, Young Adult
Publication date: April 21st 2015
by Balzer + Bray

Format: eARC

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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 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.

I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review.

*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.

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Overall: 1.7
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Aimee is a sixteen year old bookworm from the Phillipines! She reads any book that catches her attention, but she mostly reads YA. She's into graphic design, writing and sleeping. You can find her at Deadly Darlings, The Book Geek, Goodreads and on Twitter.
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  1. says

    I’m a hopeless romantic but I was so, SO frustrated with this book and all the characters involved. And yes, I agree about the cheating. It takes two to tango so it is sad that often than not, the girl takes all the heat.

    • Aimee says

      I hated her first book too. :( But if you have the first book four stars, you’ll probably end up enjoying this a lot more than I did.

  2. Laila BC says

    Well Aimee, I already know right off the synopsis that this one would not be for me. No thanks i have already gone through the same plot before…a girl get tangled with both brothers…really that is not always a great combination. I know this one will give me a lot of frustrations so I might as well spare myself the future agony. Thanks for your honest review err rant lol!

    • Aimee says

      I thought this would be different since most reviews have been really positive. I have yet to read a book with this plot that actual handles the situation well.

  3. says

    Is there a reason we have basically the same taste in books? I didn’t like this one either! For literally the same reasons you listed. I respected some parts of it, and I made sure to make that known in my review, and I genuinely thought that Katie could easily write a book that I would fall head over heels for – if the subject matter/main character wasn’t sooo intolerable. :(

    • Aimee says

      We must be book twins then! :) Oh yeah, Katie’s previous book had cheating too (obviously I hated it), and I’m definitely going to be waiting for something more tame (or at least, without cheating) from her.

  4. says

    I find it weird that even though our reactions to this book are completely different, we both manage to acknowledge the same ugliness it has which is Molly. Right off the bat, I know she’s going to be an unlikeable heroine for me. I hated her actions and how she screwed over those second chances she was given. But I guess I saw the light in the end? HAHAHA.

    Also, you acknowledged something that I failed to include in my review which is the family — or the mother. SHE WAS TERRIBLE. I couldn’t bring myself to care for her reasons in publishing Molly’s humiliating situation.

    It’s always an eye-opener for me to read someone’s thoughts on something I loved, so thank you for that! :)
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    • Aimee says

      Haha, I totally agree! About both the second chance thing and that the ending was great.

      The mother was CRAZY. And I don’t understand how she doesn’t acknowledge the fact that the whole world has just shunned her daughter.

      Thanks so much for reading, Miguel! :)

  5. says

    I’m sorry that you weren’t able to enjoy this one more Aimee, I can totally understand some of your frustrations though, I was totally mad with Molly’s mum from the beginning, how can you trust your mum after that? I’m glad that this book hasn’t put you completely off trying Cotugno’s books in the future. I hope you end up enjoying them more.
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    • Aimee says

      I believe that, in time, I’ll find a Cotugno book to love. :) I think she’s the kind of person who isn’t scared to write about all the grittier subjects.

    • Aimee says

      Most reviews I’ve seen about this are actually pretty positive. Cotugno’s books are pretty gritty, and I have high respect for her.

  6. says

    I read the synopsis of this and knew it wasn’t a Jen book (brother love triangle? cheating? endless angst? Uh, no thanks…) and decided to skip it. Sounds like I was right and this book just isn’t for me. I love this author’s writing style (though I did detest the love interest in her first book) so I will stay tuned and hope that one day she writes a book with less drama and more relatable characters!
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    • Aimee says

      It definitely wasn’t an Aimee book either, but most of my Goodreads friends rated it three stars and up, so I gave in and took a shot. I’m hoping for a lighter Cotugno book in the future, too!

  7. says

    Oh no, the main character to this one seems to be horrible >< And I have a review copy of this one so I need to read it! I can't believe Molly would do such a thing, and again for a second time as well. But it is good that there are some lessons to be learned here. I hope I manage to enjoy it somewhat :/

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    • Aimee says

      It depends on how you look at the book, really. Lots of people enjoyed it because they thought that they learned a lot from Molly’s actions.

  8. says

    Oh Aimee, how I love when you hate a book, your rants are the best I’ve ever seen.
    But I’m not surprised with this one, I seen the synopsis on Goodreads and knew it wouldn’t be for me seeing it usually showcases the best parts of the book. I’m all for realistic scenarios where characters are flawed and make life changing mistakes, but when they don’t learn from past indiscretions? Honestly, if you hit your head against the wall once, it’d hurt. You wouldn’t then go back and hit it a second and third time would you. Life is just too short to read bad books. Brilliant review though Aimz, super entertaining <3
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    • Aimee says

      Mwahaha, thanks. ;)

      That’s the best and most accurate comparison ever. Molly, on the other hand, apparently likes banging her head on walls. Multiple walls with spikes.

  9. says

    Aha, your review honestly made me laugh. I love reading negative reviews, they’re just so honest and more raw. I read this book as well, and I agree it wasn’t for me either. Molly is just stupid, I guess she’s young so she makes mistakes. It’s not the cheating that bothered me, she never really learns from her mistakes you know? I liked Gabe and somewhat of the ending, that’s about it.
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    • Aimee says

      Haha, glad to hear that, Benish! ;) I love reading all reviews, but I’ll have to admit that negative ones are my favorites too.

      Exactly! She already felt how it hurt the first time, and yet she does it again. :/