Monday, 10 October 2016

99 Days by Katie Cotugno

99 Days by Katie Cotugno
Published: Balzer + Bray, April 21st, 2015
Pages: 384
Source: Hardcover, borrowed (library)
Genre: Contemporary
Rating: 2/5

How I Felt: This was just one big disappointment. I've heard nothing but good things about this book and I really loved Katie Cotugno's first book so I was so looking forward to this, but to me, it was just one big flop.

I didn't like the characters, I didn't like the plot, everything that happened just seemed so stupid and immature to me, and everything that came out of the character's mouths just had me rolling my eyes so hard.

Molly was just so dumb. Everything she did was based on impulse and just had me screaming No! at the top of my lungs. If there was one song that would literally describe this book perfectly it would be Say No to This from Hamilton. I literally just had that song stuck in my head the entire time I was reading this. Just no.

I think the reason this just didn't sit well with me because there was so much cheating. The main character just kept cheating on and with the same two guys (and they're brothers!) over and over again with no remorse whatsoever. The biggest regret she had about this whole situation was what it did to her reputation and I couldn't stomach that. It was just too messy for me and I absolutely hated this aspect of this book. It just felt like one huge cycle and nobody learned anything from it.

To me, this book was so immature and filled with too much angst and emotions all squished together to create an interesting romance plot. But, I just couldn't get passed all the stupidity coming from Gabe, Patrick and Molly. Gosh. Even Julia, Tess and Imogen started really getting on my nerves.

The only part of the story I actually liked (an is the main reason for the generous rating of two stars) was Molly's relationship with Pen and her kids. I really wish that storyline was more fleshed out and present more because it was literally the only redeeming quality of this book. I also wish we could've seen more of the relationship between Molly and the boys' mother, Connie. The one flash we got of it at the end of the story was so heartwarming and I would've liked to see more flashbacks into their relationship instead of all these stupid flashbacks with Patrick.

Another part that annoyed me was when Molly went off on a little rant about how she doesn't like to read and thinks it a boring pass time, blah blah blah. I mean, everyone's entitled to their own opinion but I'M LITERALLY READING A WHOLE FREAKING BOOK ABOUT YOUR LIFE whatever.

I'm glad I borrowed this from the library instead of spending my own money on it. I had so much hope for this. I will consider reading more of Katie Cotugno's books in the future if the synopsis intrigues me but after this one I'm going to be a bit more cautious.

Now let's talk about the brothers. Oh, those dreamy Donnelly brothers. I could tell from the beginning what was going on but of course, Molly has to be so naïve and unobservant that she has no clue what's going on until the very end. Please. Patrick especially was getting under my skin. He was so quick to throw around words and call Molly a whole lot of nasty things. He deserved those punches. Gabe I did like and I'm sad he got hurt. Of course, he had his moments of total aggravation but I was rooting for him.

All this being said, I do know a whole lot of people who loved this book so if this sounds like a cute, cheesy contemporary you'd like, by all means pick it up. I think I'm just the one with the unpopular opinion here.

Overall, this just wasn't my type of book. The fact that it took me a while to get into it should've been a clue. Sadly, this didn't live up to my expectations I set based off of reading and loving her previous book, How to Love. Although, if you love cheesy, cutesy contemporaries I suggest you give this a go.

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