Book Review → 9 Days and 9 Nights by Katie Cotugno

Monday, June 18, 2018

Book 2 in the 99 Days duology

Young Adult Fiction // Categories: Contemporary, Romance
Release Date: May 1, 2018
Publisher: Balzer + Bray (HarperCollins)
Format: Hardcover // 263 pages
Rating: 4 stars

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9 Days and 9 Nights follows Molly a year after the events that happened in 99 Days. She has since escaped the person she used to be when she lived in Star Lake and re-invented herself now that she's in college, away from home. But while on vacation in Europe with Ian, her boyfriend, she runs into an old flame. And she has unfinished business with him ...

The heart of 9 Days and 9 Nights = Molly's internal struggle with who she is.

While Europe is the backdrop of this story, we really don't get to experience a lot of it. Molly and Ian may be in Ireland, but we only see them at a friend's house or at a hardware store. That's pretty much it! And I think if you go into this book hoping to experience London or Ireland, you may be a little disappointed. (We do, however, get to explore Paris! Which I loved.)

We see how Molly struggles to accept her past self in the present and how that affects her relationships now—with her best friend, Ian, her old flame, and even a new friend. She hides parts of herself to protect her reputation, but who does she really want to be?

We get a lot of flashbacks to the beginning of Molly and Ian's relationship—how they met, events that happened to progress their relationship, etc. but it's all things from the PAST. We don't really get to know how they are right now. (But reading this book made me realize that there aren't a lot of YA books following relationships after the "honeymoon" phase. We love the build-up and the anticipation, but what's the reality of after?)

Molly and Ian are on this vacation together, but there isn't a lot of interaction between the two of them. They're at a bar together in Ireland with some friends, but they spend the entire evening apart (aside from the time Ian buys her a drink when they first get there.) I think I'm just being really picky—I wanted to know more about the Ian she loves *now* and not just the Ian from when they first met. He just felt like a character written to emphasize Molly's development.

I loved 99 Days back when I read it in 2015. It had all the ingredients a Cotugno book promises—messy relationships + extremely flawed but real characters—and I can say the same for 9 Days and 9 Nights! I mean that all in a good way, because Cotugno writes the best "complicated" stories.

I'm glad I didn't re-read 99 Days before I started 9 Days and 9 Nights, even though I wanted to. I forgot about the details in 99 Days, but it didn't affect how much I liked this one. I still want to re-read 99 Days so that's a good thing, right? To sum it all up: if you liked 99 Days, I think you'll appreciate9 Days and 9 Nights.

Other books by Katie Cotugno: How to Love, 99 Days, Fireworks, Top Ten

1 comment

  1. I honestly couldn't put it down. I read 99 Days, and it be honest, I was torn between if I enjoyed it or not. Once I got use to the personality of the main character, Molly, the second book was really fun to read! I always loved Gabe, and it was fun to see where their love story continued!