Blog Tour ~ 99 Days by Katie Cotungo + Giveaway

Series: N/A
Genre: YA Contemporary
Page Length: 384 Pages
Publication Date: April 21st, 2015
Publisher: Balzer + Bray
Source: eARC via EW (Thanks Harper Collins!)

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.

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Allured from the second I read the synopsis, I couldn't wait to dive in to 99 Days. Although the story might not sound moral, this book was just so addictive. I know that there are going to be two groups of people: those who love it and those who absolutely hate it. Fortunately I find myself in the "love it" group. 

99 Days 
really pulls at my fidelity beliefs, so at first it was a bit hard to overcome it and enjoy the story. This book contains basically the most messed-up love triangle ever, yet I somehow grew obsessed with it. This story is really gritty and emotional and messy. 
The characters in this book are so deeply flawed. The relationships are so tangled and fractured. The drama of it all was so enticing, I was totally caught up in everything that was happening. These characters make lots of mistakes, horrible mistakes. The romance was pretty smoldering although confusing. I shipped Gabe and Molly since the beginning, and I loved watching them fall for each other.

Although I didn't agree with most of Molly's decisions, I sympathized for the girl. I could connect with her. I understand the reasons behind her actions along with those of the other characters. Molly's ambivalence aggravated me so much. Just choose darn it.  I loved how well I could see the feelings and ties between the characters, especially between Gabe, Molly, and Patrick. I understood why she loved both of them and the whole Donnelly family. 

This book really draws you in, it sinks its claws into your mind and makes you continue reading and after you're done, 99 Days has you thinking about it. For a contemporary that's confused as being light and is truly dark, this one sure hits on some tough subjects. 

Cotugno writes a story with a very clear message. She shows the double-standard that women are held to and men are not. Everyone spurns Molly for her cheating with Gabe while dating the other brother, Patrick. The people in their small town don't criticize or rebuke Gabe at all. Another great theme that Cotugno shares is new beginnings. Molly frets over what everyone in her small town thinks of her until she realizes that it doesn't matter. There's a whole new world out there for her where no one cares about her past. It's about second chances. 

I advise giving this book a chance. It's a compelling read about real life that you might enjoy as I did.



  1. I loved this one too! Finished it just the other day! Great review!

  2. I'm glad to hear you enjoyed this one Rachel, but love triangles and cheating? Not something I'm keen on and not something that will make me want to read the book.
    Great review!

  3. This one scares me, because it contains one thing I hate... cheating. So, I will admit that I have been turning my nose up at it. But, after your review, I am more inclined to at least give it a chance!

  4. I am intrigued by this book,but I absolutely hate cheating in books,so I don't think I'll go for this.However I like that it contains realistic and flawed characters.
    Great review Rach!

  5. I want to read 99 Days because I adored Katie's debut novel. I saw that she was super excited about writing this one, so I will definitely be checking it out.

  6. Haha, well you know I'm in the third camp - "will never, ever read it" :D
    Toootally not a Danielle book, but I'm glad you were sucked in and enjoyed it! I've heard great things about the author's writing, so I hope to try one of her books some day!
    Lovely review, lady!

  7. Unfortunately, I wasn't able to sympathize with Molly like you did. :( I didn't understand her reasons for doing anything she did. But I totally agree that there was an important point here, which was that women were always shunned for their mistakes while men are set free. And I did like the realistic way the book ended.

    Fabulous review, Rachel!

  8. Most messed up love triangle ever?? Okaaay, haha! I think I'll give it a try, only to see how messy it is, lol! Great review, Rachel!

  9. Wow this sounds like an interesting read - definitely more complex with those damaged characters that I thought it would be. I have to say, I'm curious to see how I would react to the characters - especially the unlikable ones, I suppose it depends whether you can sympathise like you did or just not agree with them at all. The themes definitely sound like they would make this book worthwhile, I love a thought-provoking contemporary. Thanks for sharing your brilliant review Rachel :)

    Eugenia @ Genie In A Book

  10. I am so excited to read this one, especially with the real characters! I cannot wait to get my hands on it!
    Missie @ A Flurry of Ponderings

  11. I'm excited to read it because I really want to know how it pans out.


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