Hi All, I am so excited to bring you my first book review! 99 Days by Katie Cotugno and it’s sequel, 9 Days and 9 Nights. I am pumped to share my thoughts on these two books after stumbling across this intriguing storyline while scrounging for a new book in Barnes & Noble.
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To start, lets talk about 99 days and how much I loved this book (a one day read). To give a quick rundown, this book is about a love triangle between a girl and two brothers. The main character, Molly, grew up in this small town with her bestfriends and love interests, the Donnelly brothers, and of course, a love triangle erupts, sending Molly into a spiral of complicated emotions, feelings and decisions. This book truly is the definition of what you would imagine to be a crazy complicated high schooler’s summer. Full of drama! This love triangle is captivating and keeps you on your toes. I adore how compelling this book is, it’s a real page turner.
If you love reading about love triangles, complicated relationships, and difficult situations… this book is for you. The characters feel nothing but real and this situation feels like something you would hear about once you return to school in the fall. I will say if you are sensitive to cheating and bullying, this book may not be for you. I do not think cheating is at all acceptable and find it can be a touchy topic as it is such a present issue with teen relationships today.
Molly, a teenage girl, is the main character of this book. Putting it simply, Molly is really all over the place in her decisions. People can make mistakes, but its repeating that mistake over again which is the issue. I don’t dislike Molly, but I wish she was a little more rational with her decisions and approach. Molly went through with bad ideas even when she knew it would most likely come around to hurt her in the end. With her actions between the Donnelly brother’s, she made mistakes that actually hurt other people as well. Throughout the book, she continuously acknowledges that she knows it’s her fault but never shows any great remorse for it. This is due to the fact that she is still overwhelmed within her own thoughts, emotions, and actions that it’s difficult for her to focus or care about others feelings. It continuously turned out to be Molly committing to an action, contemplating why she is doing it, then continuing to follow through anyways. In this way, Molly comes across very self centered by only thinking about herself and how it can benefit her.
The Donnelly brothers, Gabe and Patrick, turn out to be Molly’s love interest. Molly grew up with these two. She was constantly over at their house and always around them. Patrick was basically Molly’s first love but when that didn’t go as planned, they broke up and that following summer turned out to be Gabe and Molly. It was always messy between them but after what goes down it gets worse. Without spoiling, on a more realistic note, it always takes two to tango. There is a double standard that Molly faces in this situation that Gabe is lucky to evade. It goes to show how quickly people are to judge one another before understanding a full story.
All in all, I loved this book! I do wish Molly was more rational with her thoughts but she is what leads the book. I never felt like there was a dull moment or that it was dragging to get to the point. The book was wonderfully paced and laid out. I definitely recommend!
9 Days and 9 Nights
9 Days and 9 Nights is the sequel to 99 Days. To begin, this book gives you a glimpse into Molly’s summer vacation after a full year away from her small home town and all that had happened. Molly is taking a trip around Europe when she runs into Gabe, traveling with his new girlfriend. This encounter leads to a spiral of emotion and realization as Molly has been trying to be a new version of herself but Gabe knows all about her past.
After reading the first book, you will for sure want to read this one. I loved the setting and the involvement of the new characters (Molly’s new boyfriend and Gabe’s new girlfriend). It proposed an interesting twist to the story and some anticipating moments. Along with the first book, the moments shared and experiences feel extremely real. The author does a fantastic job making you feel like you are there experiencing the situation, like Molly is telling it to you herself.
As in the other story cheating was a big part of the book. This one surprisingly was not like that at all. Both characters, Molly and Gabe, grew in that aspect and were respectful to not overstep boundaries. I loved the ending. It definitely leaves the reader with a sense of satisfaction.
From the first book we already know about Molly and Gabe, but I admire how much each character has grown and learned from their previous experiences. Molly really tries to turn herself into a different person, she is eager to grow and never looks back to being the girl she was that previous summer. But instead of personal growth, it was more like wearing a mask. Molly didn’t let anyone get to close and she didn’t share anything about her past. Same goes for Gabe and his new girlfriend. As the trip continues on and they are now traveling together it creates awkward tension. Gabe and Molly both knowing each others past and hesitant of exposing it.
You need to read these books!!!! Katie Cotugno does a fantastic job with both books. The pace, layout, and storyline rocks and I am so glad I picked this off the shelf. The author makes it so easy to get caught up in this storyline and the characters making you want to keep reading!
I hope you enjoyed this book review as much as I did writing it. I truly loved reading these books and I hope you decide to read them as well! I’m looking forward to sharing more book reviews in the future! For now, take a look at my other posts here.
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