Title: 99 Days
Author: Katie Cotugno
Age Group: Teen/Young Adult
Genre: Contemporary Fiction
Star Rating: 2 out of 5 Stars
This book was given to me by the publisher, Balzer and Bray, through Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review-thank you so much!
This is a difficult review to start. I wanted to love this book, and I did--parts of it. Others, I was completely frustrated with. This book had enormous potential to be a real contender for my favorite contemporary of the year, but most of the book just fell flat and turned me off. I still am not quite sure how I felt about this novel.
The beginning of this novel was like a dream. We are introduced to Molly, at the beginning of the summer, sick and full of dread. She's lost everything: her friends, her boyfriend. She has no social life to speak of, and is counting down the days until fall, where she can go to Boston and make a fresh start for herself. I loved Molly at first, searching for herself in a life suddenly unmoored by a foolish mistake.
That is, until the Donnelly boys make an appearance. There's Patrick, Molly's first love, first boyfriend, her best friend for her whole life. And then there's his brother, Gabe. Gorgeous, open Gabe, who she is drawn to like a magnet. The whole later half of the book is focused on the love triangle. It was so frustrating--Molly completely stops thinking of her own future, and instead, she's torn between the two boys.
It all becomes one giant clusterfuck--Molly almost has her normal life back, then she ruins it all over again. And the whole book was full of slut-shamers--it really bothered me. The bottom line: This book could've been beautiful, but was bogged down by an insane love triangle. Loved the first half, hated the last half. Next on deck: Finding Paris by Joy Preble!