By Mónica González
99 Days is the story of how Molly Barlow’s life got turned upside down after her mother published a book about the real life love triangle between her and brothers Patrick and Gabe Donnelly. Forced to run away to Bristol Academy for her senior year after the social persecution lead by Patrick’s twin sister Julia, Molly is back home for the summer. Ninety-nine more days of summer until she can leave again for vacation, and nothing has changed in town; Julia still wants her head, Molly is still trying to hide in her room with popcorn and Netflix; nothing has changed except for her newfound affection towards Gabe.
Molly knows that getting involved with the Donellys again is just asking for trouble, but her connection to Gabe, who seems to be the only human being on the planet happy to see her again, is not something she can just ignore. Will their relationship survive the ninety-nine days of car-keying, egging and drink tossing, or will it fall to the ground along with her reputation? Only one way to find out!
Before I go on, I have to admit, this novel was my second attempt at reading Katie Cotugno. My opinion of her writing has turned upside down in a completely opposite way from how Molly’s life got turned after Driftwood (a.k.a. the Molly-inspired novel). I didn’t really like her other book, How To Love, but 99 Days was simply magical.
I loved how her emotional struggles between the how boys was displayed in a very realistic way. Most people will say that Molly’s behavior was unreasonable and unacceptable, but the truth is that it might not be morally correct, but let’s face it, she grew up with these guys! She couldn’t have been more emotionally attached to them, even if she had lived to them under the same roof! You can’t get rid of that sort of attachment and love, even. She might have dated Patrick first, got involved with Gabe after, but that never meant she ever stopped caring about either one of them.
Which brings me to the boys. I felt a dislike towards Patrick from the start; partly from his irrationally controlling behavior, partly for his indecisiveness and impulsiveness. I don’t want to make it sound like Gabe was any better, but he didn’t try to control the situation to his favor, or it didn’t feel like it at least. Tess, Patrick’s girlfriend, had some very open-minded reactions from the start and I feel that her final reactions were very understandable.
I gave this book five solid and bright stars, on account that it exceeded my expectations, it didn’t end up having a “…we all lived happily ever after…” cliché ending, and because it had a reasonable approach to the events at hand.
And before I head out, let’s see if you’re up for this challenge. Below this article you will find the Emojireads summary of 99 days by our friends at Epic Reads. See if you can figure it out and then read the book to see if you were right. Remember you can get this and many more titles, as always, at The Bookmark.