Tuesday, March 22, 2016
99 Days by Katie Cotugno
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.
(Synopsis taken from Goodreads).
With all of the hype surrounding 99 Days, I expected to be blown away by it. It seemed like every time I logged onto Facebook, YouTube, Twitter, or Instagram, someone was talking about it. Unfortunately, the hype monster got me on this one. I ended up being disappointed. It was just okay. There was nothing that stood out to me about it.
There was one thing that bothered me quite a bit about 99 Days. I could not stand the main character. She was extremely immature. Some of the decisions she made, along with the way she treated her friends, and especially the guys around her, made me want to smack the crap out of her. I just wanted to yell at her to grow up, and stop being such a jerk. However, I did love the supporting characters. I think I would have enjoyed the book more if it was from one of their points of view.
When I was reading the book, the plot was enjoyable. However, there was nothing that set it apart from the hundreds of other YA contemporary romances out there. It followed the usual predictable formula. Girl has something bad in her life happen, she grows close to a boy she normally wouldn't have a friendship with, discovers she might have feelings for him, yada yada, yada. I found myself knowing what was going to happen in the end after about fifteen percent into the book.
Despite having a great cast of supporting characters, they couldn't save this book. It was predictable and boring, with an immature main character. I don't think I will read any of Katie Cotugno's other books in the future. Hopefully one day I will learn to not always believe the hype.
I give 99 Days: 2/5.
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I received this book for review from the publisher, via Edelweiss, in exchange for an honest review. I was in no way compensated for this review.