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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.