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Monday, June 1, 2015

99 Days by Katie Cotugno | Book Review

By: Katie Cotugno
Published by: Balzer & Bray
Released on: 4/21/15
Source: arc/book from publisher to review in exchange for my honest review
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Rating: This Book Wasn't For Me

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.

Dear 99 Days,

I'm not sure what just happened, but it wasn't good. I'm writing you to let you know that, "It wasn't you, it was me.", doesn't apply to our relationship. This time around, it was all you. I wanted to like you. I tried to like you. I kept reading you in hopes I would like you, but the more I read you, the most I disliked you. Even though I tried, in the end, I realized you just weren't for me. Which wasn't the case for your author, Katie Cotugno's debut last year. I liked How To Love. This time around, the writing just wasn't, I don't even know. I hate to say this, but your writing didn't work for me. But my biggest factor in not liking you as a book, was your characters.

I felt like I was reading a soap opera gone wrong. Like really wrong. As in, I don't even know what I'm reading right now. I'm not sure if I should laugh, throw the book, or keep reading you. Let's talk about your first character Molly. Where do I start? She was not a likable character at all. She makes a lot of selfish choices, hurts a lot of people, and is surprised by the way people treat her. I had some issues with her. It's been awhile since I read a book where I literally didn't care for a character one bit, but Molly, well she's not someone that I liked, or cared for at all. 

It's not just Molly. Your two love interests were just as bad. As you might have guessed it, I didn't care for Patrick and Gabe either. These two brothers weren't much better than Molly. Like Molly, they showed little regard for other people's feelings as well. I sort of got the getting back at each other since Molly slept with the one brother while dating the other. *Insert the eye roll and parental sigh, which we all know isn't good*. You're really turning into a comedy right now, only I'm not laughing. Now I'm at the point in the story where I literally don't care what happens anymore. The more I read you in hopes you got better, the more I really couldn't stand the characters, let alone their story, and I wish I had stopped reading you after the first page. 

One thing I did like, was clearly seeing that not one character was in the right in this book. Everyone, from Molly, Gabe, Patrick, to their sister, Molly's friends, Molly's mom, and so on, made bad choices. At least in the end, a couple of characters own up to their mistakes, but by then I just didn't care enough, though I'm glad they at least grew up. I'll admit it, I'm frustrated with you as a story. I saw some potential with your storyline, but I just didn't get it. I also didn't care for the sleeping around, and all the drama. I really wanted to like you in some fashion, but I didn't. Sadly I can't even recommend you. I know, I'm sorry, but I can't.  

I feel bad I'm being frank, but sometimes that's for the best. While I know some readers will totally enjoy reading you, I didn't. When it comes to reading, there's one thing I don't like, and that is when I don't like a book. I get it. I know that not every reader will like every book they read. That's completely understandable. One of the great things about books, is that there is at least one book out there for everyone. Which is why I'm going out of the norm here on Mundie Moms, and sharing my thoughts, or lack there of, because maybe someone else enjoy reading you. 

I'm sorry, you just weren't the book for me. 

Not A Fan

*This book contains sexual content and language.

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