Monday, July 9, 2018

Review: 9 Days and 9 Nights by Katie Cotugno

Title: 9 Days and 9 Nights
Series: 99 Days #2
Author: Katie Cotugno
Publisher: Balzer + Bray
Publication Date: May 2, 2018
Format: Hardback

Page Count: 272


The irresistible sequel to the bestselling 99 Days.

Molly Barlow isn’t that girl anymore. A business major at her college in Boston, she’s reinvented herself after everything that went down a year ago... after all the people she hurt and the family she tore apart.

Slowly, life is getting back to normal. Molly has just said “I love you” to her new boyfriend, Ian, and they are off on a romantic European vacation together, starting with scenic London. But there on a Tube platform, the past catches up to her in the form of Gabe, her ex, traveling on his own parallel vacation with new girlfriend Sadie.

After comparing itineraries, Ian ends up extending an invite for Gabe and Sadie to join them on the next leg of their trip, to Ireland. Sadie, who’s dying to go there, jumps at the prospect. And Molly and Gabe can’t bring themselves to tell the truth about who they once were to each other to their new significant others.

Now Molly has to spend nine days and nine nights with the boy she once loved, the boy whose heart she shredded, without Ian knowing. Will she make it through as new, improved Molly, or will everything that happened between her and Gabe come rushing back? (taken from

"I'm a damage doer, no matter how hard I try not to be.
Maybe everybody is, in some way."

So, when I finished 99 Days recently, I was left feeling a little... deprived. The story was entertaining, and man did that love triangle throw me for a loop, but Molly learned so little about herself. There just wasn't enough of a moral to the story to justify the bulk of her immaturity and risky behavior.

Thankfully, that probably was remedied in 9 Days and 9 Nights. This is the new and improved version of Molly's emotional journey. Not only is it set in Europe, but it's also a more developed, deep story.

The circumstances of the story are certainly outrageous. I mean, who runs into the ex-boyfriend from the States in London? But still, I was highly impressed by Cotugno's efforts to make Molly an authentic character who actually learns and grows. Goodbye old, go-with-the-flow Molly and hello to a girl who's been through sh*t and is willing to become a better person because of it.

Oh, and don't worry: there's still a hefty dose of romantic tension and relationship drama, so you won't be bored as Molly and her crew traipse around London, Ireland, and Paris.

As usual, this review is purely me rambling about my unfounded opinions, but if you take one thing from it, let it be this: I think that 9 Days and 9 Nights finally tapped into the emotional journey that I wanted to see in the first book, and for that, I'm proud of Cotugno and her sequel.