99 days – Katie Cotugno


Title: 99 Days
Author: Katie Cotugno
Publisher: Hachette Children’s Group
Genre: Young Adult
Pages: 384
My Rating: 4/10

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99 days

Last year, Molly Barlow did something terrible.

Then, her mother wrote a book about it. Everyone in their tiny hometown found out that Molly cheated on her boyfriend Patrick, the love of her life, her best friend with his brother Gabe.
After spending senior year at a boarding school in the middle of nowhere, Molly now has ninety-nine days before she can escape to college. Ninety-nine days of being the most hated person in town. Ninety-nine days to find out who is the love of her life.


So at this beginning, it was very unclear why everyone was hating on Molly. It took me a while before I found out. So at first, I was feeling sympathy for her. She slept with the brother of her ex-boyfriend. Not a very smart move. Even though I think the hate she gets is terrible. Nobody is hating the brother, Gale. I guess that is the point of this story. If a girl cheats, she is a whore, and if the boy cheats he is just a player.

And honestly, you would expect she would learn from her mistakes. I mean, Molly saw the result of cheating on her ex-boyfriend and she doesn’t like she is getting bullied because of that. But still, somehow she didn’t learn from it. It feels like she just likes the attention or that she can’t choose between the two brothers. In the last case, just run and find someone else. Find someone else who isn’t related to those guys. That was the thing I didn’t like about this book. I was like: ‘Don’t do it, don’t do it’ the entire time. Molly is a pretty selfish annoying girl.

Now it sounds like this book is bad or anything but that is not the case. I just don’t like the story and I didn’t like the characters. I liked the other things like writing style for example. That was pretty good. I think this book was just not meant for me. But that doesn’t mean you won’t enjoy it either. Maybe this book is your cup of tea. Everyone is different. And I also liked that it feels like a diary. Molly has 99 days left before she is off to college. And one chapter is one whole day so there are also 99 chapters.

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