Author: Katie Cotugno
Published by: Balzer + Bray
Publication Date: April 21, 2015
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.
Beware! There be cursing and spoilers ahead.
Want to know what I hate? Hypocrisy. Want to know what else I hate? Double fucking standards.
Listen, I got Molly and understood where she was coming from. I actually even liked her. She made a huge mistake, but I also feel she was taken advantage off. The girl was a sophomore in high school, so 15 or 16, had just been dumped by her best friend since they were children, her first love. She was devastated. Then Patrick’s older brother Gabe makes a move not even fifteen minutes later. Yes, it was her decision too, but he shouldn’t have put her in the position in the first place. Don’t even get me started on the whole challenge aspect that. So fuck him. Not in a good way either.
Can we talk about what a despicable person Molly’s mom is? Molly made a poor decision in the midst of a devastating break up and immediately felt horrible about it. So while she’s having a break down she confides in her mom what happened. The one person she should be able to trust the most in the world, right? What does mommy do? Writes a book based on the situation and it becomes a best seller. Yeah, okay, it was fictional and authors get inspiration from reality, fine. However, she does an interview with a major magazine and talks about how it’s based on her daughter. What. The. Hell, bitch. This happened Molly’s junior year, and she didn’t think it would have a detrimental effect. She didn’t even give Molly a heads up. Then has this blasé attitude when Molly is being tormented. Out of everything that happened in this book, that was the ultimate betrayal.
Then everyone basically turns on Molly and make her life hell. She’s called a slut and every other demeaning name, is ridiculed and bullied by her former friends. So she transfers to a different school for her senior year, which is totally understandable. Unfortunately, she has to go back home during the summer before she goes off to college, and yup, everyone is still treating her like crap. You know who they’re not treating like crap? Gabe. That’s right, everyone loves him, but she’s nothing but a skank. Oh, how my blood boils. Seriously, these people are disgusting and make me want to burn the town down.
Molly is obviously suffering from depression and has some unresolved issues with everything that went down, so it worried me when Gabe made a move on her again and she got mixed up with him. She even says “It’s like I’ve lost all decision-making capability since I came back here, like I can’t tell the difference between love and loneliness.” She’s so full of self-loathing and poor self-esteem, that it’s heartbreaking to watch her try to navigate these confusing feelings and deal with the pain and bullshit. I admit, it was a bit annoying too, but I get it.
And there’s Patrick. Dude is a douche. I couldn’t stand him in her flashbacks, and most certainly couldn’t stand him in the present time. He’s the most hypocritical piece of shit. So Molly and Gabe start dating when she came back, and she tries to be friends with Patrick because she still cares for him and doesn’t want things to be so awkward. But he is the one who instigated them messing around. He has a girlfriend and knows she’s with his brother, but still pursued her. That really screwed with her head. I mean, she obviously never had closure and still loved him. Her life was so tightly interwoven with the whole family since they were small children, so it would be difficult to just turn all those unresolved feelings off. I can see how that could go for Patrick as well, but it’s how he went about things and his attitude that made the difference. He sends her all these huge mixed signals and then … ugh … he pissed me off so freaking bad! View Spoiler »She asks if she should break up with Gabe, because she was willing to drop him for Patrick. He says he’s not breaking up with his girlfriend as he keeps instigating make outs sessions. Then … THEN … he shows up at her house in the middle of the night so they can lose their virginity together. Then when he realizes she already lost it to Gabe, he flips out and calls her a whore. Really, motherfucker? He has a girlfriend he has no intention of breaking up with, who he’s talking about a future with, yet she’s the whore? « Hide Spoiler Fuck you, and your hypocritical high horse. Then the guy has a drunken tantrum in front of everyone, and makes it like she’s all to blame. I really, really don’t like him.
I did like how it ended, though. Well, mostly anyway. I was happy that Molly eventually worked through all of the drama and learned what I was hoping she would. However, it kind of felt flat and didn’t have quite the impact it could have. I do want to make it clear that I don’t despise the book, because it’s actually an okay read. I just despise most of the characters and their actions, which I’m sure is how it was meant to be.
As you can see, 99 Days brought out some strong emotions in me, but these are only a small fraction. I’m just tired of thinking about it now, so I’m leaving it as it is.