Review : 99 days, Katie Cotugno

There are days when you need to read a sweet contemporary romance, to relax and take your mind off things for a while. I know I certainly do! And, for that, 99 Days was a perfect read. It’s kind of a guilty pleasure for all the lovers of this genre today…well, maybe.


“After a few months away from her home, her friends, and everything she knew, Molly comes back to Star Lake for the summer. She has 99 days to survive the stares, the eggs on her windshield, the paper towel on her house. 99 days to come to terms with what she’s done before she left, and hopefully, finally, moving on from what happened. But, when you cheat on Patrick (the guy you’ve forever been with), with his brother Gabe, and, worst of all, when your own mother uses your struggling-love-life as the main plot for her bestselling novel, well, how can you truly move on? And how can you handle 99 days in this place? ” 

As you probably guessed it from this little synopsis, yes, there IS a love triangle. Did this annoy me? Yes, but surprisingly, not as much as I thought it would. Because, for me, this story was about coming to terms with what you’ve done in the past, and forgive yourself for your own mistakes, before everything. Written between flashbacks and what’s actually happening, you slowly get a whole picture of what really happened in the past, how it happened. You meet a character, Molly, that’s haunted by her mistakes and can’t quite forget, mainly because people don’t want her to forget. Between the flashbacks, the past and the present, I sometimes had a hard time seeing where I was headed. But I liked getting to know the whole story. It was kind of putting back the pieces of a messed-up puzzle.


I think what prevented me from absolutely falling head over heels for this book, was the main character. UGH. I know, when I can’t relate, or sympathize, or understand the main character, usually, it’s a big NO, for me. But in this one, I was grateful, because I could try. Between all the flashbacks and the past/present dualty in this book, I could try to put myself into her shoes, and see what really happened between her and the two brothers, what came into her for doing such a disgusting thing. At times, Molly was one of those characters I just wanted to shake, and tell her, stop, just, STOP making the same mistakes all over again. For a girl who’s ashamed of herself and can’t forget, she has a surprising habit of going down the same road, over and over again, knowing that she’s making the same mistakes, but going there anyway. Because?! I don’t know, but she does it.

It’s not easy though for her, between those two boys aren’t making it any easier. Especially Patrick. DAMN, this guy annoyed me SO badly. I could try to understand his behaviour with Molly, given that she cheated on him with his brother. But there wasn’t a single moment where I could actually sympathize with him. On the other hand, Gabe, the last side of this love triangle, was a sweetheart. I was definitely rooting for him right from the start, and I really liked the way his relationship with Molly built back from scratch, at the beginning of the novel, when they see each other again. It was sweet friendship slowly turning into more. It was great to read about, and what us romance lovers really like.


What I enjoyed the most in 99 days, is the fact that we are not reading about Molly’s past and present, we are experiencing it. With the flashbacks, we are wondering what happened, and we really get deeper into the main character’s feelings, at the time she cheated, and now. She wasn’t a perfect character, at all, we could perfectly see her flaws, there were TONS. Katie Cotugno writes like a slow river, the words flow and we are inside the character’s mind, experiencing raw feelings and heart break.

Don’t get confused, for me, this wasn’t only a contemporary romance, even though it was the main focus here. We experience friendships, too, how they are destroyed and if they are built back, with difficulties, or not, after a long time away. We experience mother-daughter issues, too, even if it wasn’t enough for my taste. After what she did – I mean, writing a BESTSELLING novel out of your daughter cheating on her boyfriend, isn’t that crazy?!! -, I was eager to read about the struggling relationship between Molly and her mother. I did, and we see an evolution from starting to end, between the two of them. But it was such a great part of the story, I would have wanted to read more about this.

Before everything, 99 Days is a book for all of you lovers of characters growing. All of the events, the whole plot line is a pretext to see how Molly comes to terms with the past, stands up for herself, and moves on from her own mistakes, again and again. And, how many times did you read a book with a main character, a girl, who’s the cheater?! I didn’t see this kind of main character that often, and it’s definitely refreshing to see from a different point of view.


If you like complicated relationships, a little bit of love triangles, and glimpse between past and present in a story, then do check out 99 days. This fast-paced read is about second chances, moving on, forgiving and standing up for yourself. Despite some annoying characters at times, it’s really worth a shot if you’re into contemporary, and a relaxing read for the holidays!

Final rating:  4 Drops

Would you like to read 99 Days? Why, or why not? Feel free to share your thoughts in comments!

Katie Cotugno, 99 Days,  Published by Balzer + Bray, April 21th 2015.


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.

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2 thoughts on “Review : 99 days, Katie Cotugno

  1. I’m with you on this one!

    I normally don’t enjoy YA contemporary, especially if there are love triangles, but the premise (of 99 days) intrigued me. And I ended up surprisingly myself by enjoying it!

    I liked watching Molly grow as a character even if I didn’t really like her. I was team Gabe for a while but I really couldn’t stomach how manipulative the boys were towards Molly. Poor girl never really stood a chance if you ask me…

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    1. I’m so glad you agree! I was a little annoyed at first, knowing that there was a love triangle, but it ended up being a pretty good read. You’re right, Molly’s growth was the best thing of the whole book! 🙂 But yes, they both were so manipulative, I had times where I just couldn’t stand both of them…
      Thank you for stopping by, Lauren!! 😀

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