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Review by Suze
Molly is back home for the summer after a year at boarding school. She left because she couldn't handle the situation she was in. Molly and Patrick were best friends and then they were a couple. When there were difficulties Molly slept with Patrick's brother Gabe. She never told Patrick, but he found out at the same time as everyone else. Molly told her mother what happened and several months later she discovered that her story was on the shelves of many bookstores. Molly's mother wrote a book, that is now a bestseller, about her daughter's awful situation.
Molly has to stay for 99 days before she can go to college. She's counting them because she can't wait to get away. She messed things up with her best friend Imogen and she screwed things up with Patrick and Gabe. Maybe it's time to make amends. Gabe isn't angry with her at all and he's on Molly's side. Imogen slowly thaws and this means Molly has some sort of social life again. Only being forgiven by Patrick is a different matter. He's angry with Molly and he won't easily get past it. Molly knows her 99 days won't be uneventful. Will she get through them unscathed?
99 Days is a great story about a girl who can't choose between two brothers. Gabe is exciting and fun. He's sweet and daring and he can easily get Molly out of her shell. Patrick is serious and brooding. He can't hide his feelings and he's quite temperamental. He and Molly have always been close and their easy friendship is still in their systems. The brothers are very different and they both have something that attracts Molly. She can't stay away from them. Molly is a sweet and talented girl who gets tangled up in a mess that's being caused by a traitorous heart that loves two boys at the same time. I could almost feel her pain and heartbreak. She can't stop it. I loved that Katie Cotugno has chosen to write a book about this topic, it's interesting and multifaceted.
Katie Cotugno's writing flows easily and there's a lot of wonderful compassion in her story, I liked that a lot. Even though Molly knows that what she's doing is wrong, she can't stop things from spiraling out of control and it hurts her as well. She makes terrible choices sometimes and knows she'll have to pay for them. There are so many different aspects and layers, which is something I really enjoyed. Molly's mother, for example, is someone who can't be trusted anymore while Molly badly needs motherly love and advice and Molly is being bullied because of what she's done to Patrick. Even though she's done something wrong she's a victim as well, which is a fascinating paradox. While Molly's 99 days make her more confused at first, they teach her to take responsibility for her own actions and they make her grow up. 99 Days is a complete and thought-provoking story. I loved everything about this fantastic complex story.