Book Review : 99 Days by Katie Cotugno

April 16, 2015 Book review 9 ★★★★

Warning, warning if you detest books about cheating, then this one is not for you.  If however you want a book that deals with cheating in an agonising, uncomfortable, squirmy way that draws you in despite your misgivings, then read on!

Book Review : 99 Days by Katie Cotugno99 Days by Katie Cotugno
Published by Harper Collins on April 21st 2015
Genres: Friendship, Love & Romance, Social Issues, Young Adult
Pages: 384
Format: eARC
Source: Edelweiss

Molly Barlow is facing one long, hot summer—99 days—with the boy whose heart she broke and the boy she broke it for . . . his brother.

Day 1: Julia Donnelly eggs my house my first night back in Star Lake, and that's how I know everyone still remembers everything. She has every right to hate me, of course: I broke Patrick Donnelly's heart the night everything happened with his brother, Gabe. 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 wouldn't quit till he got me to come to this party, and I'm surprised to find 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.

First Line of 99 Days by Katie Cotugno:

“Julie Donnelly eggs my house the first night I’m back in Star Lake, and that’s how I know everyone still remembers everything. “

My Thoughts on 99 Days by Katie Cotugno:

I picked up this book without knowing very much about it apart from the fact that it looked summery and had a fun cover.  Very quickly I learnt that Molly had cheated on her long time boyfriend Patrick with his brother Gabe.  She got outed by her author mother and disappeared from town for a year to finish school at a boarding school.

Now she is back for the summer and there are just 99 days to get through before she leaves again for college.  What can go wrong?!!  Well you don’t have to be a maths genius to figure out that one confused girl plus two brothers with intense rivalry issues will add up to one complicated mess

And this one is a tricky one.  I alternatively liked Molly and was horrified by her.  As she was by her own behaviour.  It definitely doesn’t glamorise cheating and it shows you all the unpleasant, distressing emotions that go along with it.  From every side – the cheaters, the ones being cheated on, the extended family and it feels raw and real.


“on top of which it’s wrong, it’s terrible, but it’s like I’m outside by body watching myself do this horrible fucking thing and I can’t stop.”


99 days also highlights at the double standards of everyone in relation to Molly, Gabe and Patrick.  Molly is the one that is shamed and hated.  Not the boys.  I hate that this happens and I love that the book highlights it.  So obviously there is love triangle going on and I’m supposed to pick a side but really all I want Molly to do is to scamper from both of them.  And then when I see her with one of them (I won’t say which!), I’m second guessing that again.   Logically though I’m team neither but my heart who thinks love can conquer all begs to differ.

But it’s not just a book about cheating and emotional angst.  It is also summery and features lots of fun things like barbecuing and camping, summer jobs and trying to figure out what to study in college.  And running, lots of running, which made me happy as I always love to read about characters who like to run.  It inspires me to lace my shoes and pound the road too

Overall this was a surprising winner for me.  If I knew in advance it was about cheating, I might not have read it.  But I was thrown in at the deep end and thoroughly enjoyed the conflict and torment of the love triangle.



Rating Report
Did I feel it?
Overall: four-stars



Who should read 99 Days by Katie Cotugno?


I’d highly recommend this to you if you like messy love triangles, complicated relationships and interesting characters that don’t always make the right choice.  Or if you are looking for a book that screams summer fun and frolics.  Fans of Maybe Someday by Colleen Hoover should also enjoy.

Thanks to Edelweiss and Harper Collins for giving me a copy of this book in exchange for an honest, unbiased review.



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9 Responses to “Book Review : 99 Days by Katie Cotugno”

  1. Sarah @ One Curvy Blogger

    I feel like I would enjy the subject matter, but I would be too frustrated at all the cast to really enjoy this book. I hate slut shaming and double standards – why is it always the woman who is shamed for cheating and men are seen as “boys will be boys” and practically looked on in a proud light for sleeping around.Annoys me to no end. I will probably attempt to pick it up sooner or later, but not until I can afford a book slump, lmao!
    Sarah @ One Curvy Blogger recently posted…How It Went Down by Kekla Magoon

  2. Katherine @ I Wish I Lived in a Library

    I’m not sure this is the book for me as cheating is one of my issues but it does sound like it was handled incredibly well. I like that it really picks up on the injustice of just Molly being shamed for the cheating when it seems like the brother would be equally responsible. Great review!
    Katherine @ I Wish I Lived in a Library recently posted…Eight Cousins – Review

  3. Bookworm Brandee

    Your warning made me smile. 🙂 I don’t necessarily avoid books with cheating as a theme but I don’t necessarily pick them up, if I know it’s a theme. I like that you didn’t know going into this one and that you liked how the author conveyed the story. It’s so true that girls/women get trod on when they’re seen as the cheater yet boys/men aren’t. I’m happy to see Cotugno pointed this out. It seems like the triangle was portrayed realistically and I’m happy that there were elements of lightness/happiness to balance the story. Obviously, I like the sound of 99 Days, Trish. Thanks for bringing it to my attention. Wonderful review! 🙂
    Bookworm Brandee recently posted…Review ~ This Heart of Mine ~ Brenda Novak

  4. Christy

    I’m totally team neither. lol. I read this knowing it had cheating and didn’t care, because I wanted to see the growth and stuff. But ugh, these people drove me nuts. I liked Molly and her friend though, and was happy they got back together.
    Christy recently posted…All the Rage by Courtney Summers

  5. Karen Blue

    The writing style in this book, and it’s brutal honesty makes this a book I want to read. I have heard a few people say it was surprisingly good. Sounds good to me! Thanks for the review.
    Karen Blue recently posted…The Sunday Post #31

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