Bookmarked: 99 Days by Katie Cotugno

By Alexandra Castillo - 8:19:00 AM



"This one's for the girls"

Those were the first words author Katie Catugno wrote in her latest novel, 99 Days. It seemed like meaningless words in the beginning--seeing as what I'd be reading was about a girl caught in a love triangle with two brothers--but by the time I reached the end, it held so much more meaning than I anticipated--but I'm getting ahead of myself.

Not your ordinary YA Novel

So the story goes; Molly Barlow has just returned from boarding school for the summer and is forced to face the huge mess of a situation she left behind a year ago. That mess being a relationship that ended quite badly with her best friend / first love, Patrick Donnelly. Not to mention, she was getting a lot of attention from Patrick's older brother, Gabe Donnelly.

Aside from the typical thrills you get from reading a young adult novel--like the romance, the heartache, and the drama--99 Days sets itself apart with moments of suspense in realistic situations. Not like, horror-suspense, but suspense that makes you want to keep flipping page, after page, after page. It was almost impossible for me to put the book down, myself.

Katie Cotugno's writing is so beautifully articulate that her stories are so easy to read, yet still holds a lot of meaning. 

The feels. The feels!

Now, I am normally not a mushy person, but oh did this book make me feel. From the heartache that Molly felt, to the confusion that she had to go through between both Gabe and Patrick...I found myself rooting for Molly all throughout her journey in those 99 days. Although my life's experiences are so far from what Molly ever had to face, I actually felt what it was like to be in her place.

It's been a while since I've been so engrossed in a book like that, that I consider it a great achievement for any writer that is able to do that with me and my short(ening) attention span. 

But that's not the only reason why I love this book so much. I found it very comforting that it ended the way it needed to--although painful, I felt that the lesson that Katie Cotugno wanted to shed light on for young girls was given the attention that it rightfully deserved. 

She's raised the stakes when it comes to promoting girl power, especially now, at a time when girls standing up for one another is more the norm than slut-shaming each other over getting the cute boy.

Young Adult novels should be more like this--written not only as an escape from the stresses of the world, but also with the intent of teaching the younger generation life lessons that they can use as inspiration for their own futures. 

Like Cotugno said in the beginning of her book, "this one's for the girls."








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