Monday, May 18, 2015

99 Days by Katie Cotugno

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

Summary: "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." -- From Goodreads

There were so many messy feels in this book.  I loved it for that fact alone.  Molly is caught between two guys, and they just happen to be brothers.  Molly and Patrick are first loves.  Then Molly gets scouted to run track for a boarding school across the U.S.  That does Patrick and Molly's relationship no good, and she ends up sleeping with Gabe.  

Honestly, cheating is a huge part of this story, but it's not the entire story.  Yes, Molly does cheat, but ultimately most women are treated differently when it's found out that they cheat.  Even Gabe claims to be in the same position Molly is, much more "slut shaming" happens to Molly.

I loved this book for what it was.  The book told me that some relationships are messy.  It is important when to know that a relationship is completely broken, so you can start new.

Disclosure: I borrowed this book from my local library.

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