Sunday, September 2, 2018

9 Days and 9 Nights By: Katie Cotugno

9 Days and 9 Nights
Author: Katie Cotugno
Published: May 2018
Publisher: Balzer + Bray
Format: ARC Paperback
Pages: 272
Rating: 3.5/5
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?

First I would like to thanks HCC Frenzy and Harper Collins Canada for sending me this book in exchange for a review!

kyle hill whatever GIF by Because ScienceOkay, I don't think it's just me that's not in love with this story still. Like it's as if Molly loves the drama that comes in any forms, and she generally makes it herself. Normally I'm not one to really dislike a YA Contemporary, but these two books just didn't do it for me, and I was really looking forward to the ending, because it just seemed to drag on a lot.

I will say that I found it to be slightly better than the first, because there was some adventure going on in the novel, and it was a completely different atmosphere, but from the beginning, you could tell that Molly wasn't over a certain Donnelly. There were also some aspects of the novel that I could foresee or could guess what it was from the beginning, based on the way the author wrote it in. I personally thought it was a clever twist, but it could have been written a little better inside the novel to make it a bit more dramatic, and make the book more of an entertaining read!

I think that from the beginning, there was a lot of emotion throughout, and although Molly was trying to move on from her past, there clearly was something pulling her back to it all, even while travelling with another man. Again I couldn't really connect with any of the characters, and I felt like there were a few times where they just didn't fit into the book, like a third wheel just kind of there, but not doing a hell of a whole lot.

"Both of us have spent the last year trying to prove we were worthy of someone loving us- reinventing and remaking ourselves, tearing out the stitches and starting over again to try and fit the patterns we thought other people wanted to see."

There were definitely some moments where I thought that it was a cute moment between Molly and one of the two men in the book (I can't say because spoilers!), and that I kind of agreed with they way Molly thought on some aspects, but overall it just seemed like she didn't entirely grow up from her time in high school. You could really see her true age shine when she was being tested by fate, love, and life.

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There were some quotable moments that I really do think kind of took hold of the novel...

"What [we] had was cozy and exhilarating and old-fashioned all at once somehow, a love like sitting next to a campfire wrapped in a blanket on a cool September night."

"I might no be entirely sure what's going on here, but I know it's broader and deeper and messier than that."

Overall, I hate to say it but this wasn't my book either. I just couldn't stick with the characters a whole lot, and I just felt like even though Katie Cotugno pulled at the heart strings with that little twist, I couldn't feel all of it for Molly. There were moments of love, and adventure, but it just fell too short for me.

That's all for my review of 9 Days and 9 Nights, I hop you enjoyed it, and if you did read this, leave me a comment and tell me your thoughts on it! Did you love it? Hate it? I'd love to hear from you! Be sure to also subscribe to my email list to stay up to date!

So until the next time, Keep reading!!

Your Graduated Bookworm! :)

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