Publisher: Balzer + Bray
Release Date: April 21, 2015
Source: Edelweiss/Harper Collins
Rating: 2.5 out of 5
Having read Katie Cotugno’s debut novel How to Love and loving it, I was going into 99 Days with pretty high expectations. However, having a premise that focuses on a main protagonist as the cheater in a relationship makes it very difficult to like. Molly Barlow cheated on her boyfriend Patrick with Patrick’s older brother, Gabe. At the start of the novel, she is with Gabe because that’s how she is coping right now, after her mother wrote and published a novel based off of Molly’s complicated relationship with the brothers. I thought that this was a nice set-up for an interesting character dynamic and tension for the rest of the story, and while I did get this, I also got an annoying main character. Molly cheated on her boyfriend in the first place. Fine. But did she learn from her mistakes? Not really. Her decisions were extremely frustrating, making it nearly impossible to like her as a developing character. I’m not really sure what kept me reading. Hope that Molly will grow into a better person? Perhaps. All I know is that I’m disappointed with Cotugno’s sophomore novel, and that I hope her future novels are better than 99 Days.