Read On: 7th January 2016
When i first saw this book on Goodreads, I automatically checked out the reviews. There were a heap of negative reviews and I thought nope not the book for me. But then i thought if i turned away from every book that had a few negative reviews, I shouldn’t be reading. I need to make up my own mind. If I don’t like it I can always stop reading. So i brought a copy from Amazon.
And I am glad, because it’s a great book. Excellent even.
Here is the Amazon blurb:
Last year, Molly Barlow did something terrible.
Then, her mother wrote a book about it.
And so everyone in their tiny hometown found out that Molly cheated on her childhood sweetheart, the love of her life, her best friend with his brother.
After spending senior year at a boarding school in the middle of nowhere, Molly now has ninety-nine days to endure back in her hometown before she can escape to college.
Ninety-nine days of being the most hated person in town.
Ninety-nine days to heal the hurt she’s caused.
Ninety-nine days to figure out what she wants, and who she loves …
99 Days will captivate fans of John Green and 100 Days of Summer
Here is the goodreads blurb which is slightly different. This is the blurb that made me want to read:
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.
There was character development which is what every book should have. Molly repeats her mistakes often. Maybe a little to often. But she comes across as real, and human. She’s a teenager. And the negative reviews, harp on about her repeating her mistakes etc. But she loves them and when you love someone you would do anything to be with them especially if they reject you. This is where she grows and character development comes in.
Katie Cotugno is an excellent writer. I don’t think i could’ve kept reading if she wasn’t. Her writing has depth and a strength that keeps you flicking page after page. Maybe she could’ve toned back on Molly repeating her mistakes a little but then I think it wouldn’t be the book it’s suppose to be – an excellent one.
Molly is an only child, adopted or as her mom says chosen. Gabe, Patrick and Julia were her family. She was mothered by their parents. So when everything came to light she lost her family too. She has lost her place in her world and that she knows she made a mistake running away when the book came to light. She wants her world fixed before she leaves for college but she doesn’t know quite how to do it.
It’s a good read, quick too. Yes the girl kept making mistake after mistake but I like how it ended. She found herself. She discovered who she was. Which i think is excellent character development. There was a few whiny bits but teens are whiny at times. They are human and learning who they are and how they fit in this world.
The only thing i didn’t like was how the boys got off scot-free and how the town punished her. Though the boys did acknowledge that they she was being blamed for the whole thing.
When i saw the negative reviews, I assumed that she had cheated on her boyfriend but that wasn’t the case. Yes they had just broken up but they were broken up. And it had been rocky for a while.
This is an excellent book, that I loved reading.
You can find the same review on my Goodreads account.