REVIEW: 9 Days and 9 Nights by Katie Cotugno

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“This time, I want to be absolutely certain I get it right.”

Back of the book blurb:

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?

Chase’s thoughts:

Publication Date: May 1, 2018
Publisher: Balzer + Bray
Pages: 272
ISBN: 9780062674111

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My rating:

            I LOVE KATIE COTUGNO. I’ve always adored 99 Days, and though I’m a huge fan of Cotugno’s signature ambiguous endings, I was so excited to finally wrap up Molly and Gabe’s story. (Although, I was sweating the entire novel wondering if it was going to be another ambiguous ending…)

“Ian tells me he loves me for the first time in front of an enormous display of medieval torture devices, halfway through a tour of the Tower of London on the second morning of our trip.”

            9 Days and 9 Nights takes place a year after the events of 99 Days happened. Molly is really enjoying her first year at Boston University and is reinventing herself after rushing through Star Lake like a hurricane for the second time the summer before. No longer is Molly the bright, loud center of attention. Now, she’s focused on getting by as quietly as possible to further stop creating destruction.

            Molly and Ian are on a vacation abroad, obviously. What Molly doesn’t expect, though, is when she runs into Gabe at a pub in London. Even more so, she doesn’t expect him to be with a girl.

I freakin’ love the European aspect of 9 Days and 9 Nights. It just makes me want to travel even more than I already do.

I also really fucking love Katie Cotugno’s writing. We truly do not deserve 9 Days and 9 Nights. Not after how the book community treated 99 Days. But I am so glad we have it. Like, I remember finishing 99 Days and being absolutely crushed in the best way possible. Then, I got on Goodreads to rate it and everyone had completely destroyed the novel. And I was so confused. And then I read it again right before I started 9 Days and 9 Nights and I was still baffled as to why everyone hated it. So many people want neat and tidy love stories. Love is so much more complicated. It’s messy and hard and yeah, love can make you do stupid, stupid things over and over and over again. And that’s exactly why I love every single Katie Cotugno novel. It’s never saccharine sweet. Her books are complex. They are gritty. They are messy. And most importantly, they are real.

9 Days and 9 Nights was filled with that same messiness, but it was more mature. The characters grew and they lived and I hope we, as a community, have as well and we can finally all agree that Katie Cotugno is phenomenal. THANKS.

“I’m also freshly stung. I thought it was real, what Gabe and I had last summer.”

            God, I was so immensely proud of how far Molly had come since high school. Like, maybe she wasn’t going about moving on in the best way, but she was trying, and she was finally thinking about the consequences of her actions. She wasn’t just blindly doing whatever her heart told her to do.

            I liked Ian a lot, but the chemistry between Molly and Gabe was still so extremely tangible that it was a moot point for me. I think he was good for her and in a way, helped her realize that how she was coping with everything wasn’t what she needed.

“Like, are you messy? Is our whole relationship so fucking messy? Yes, clearly. But so what? It’s kind of liberating, isn’t it?”

            9 Days and 9 Nights was a perfect companion novel to 99 Days and I was so extremely happy with how everything turned out. Katie Cotugno has a way of writing that feels like when you’re watching a TV show or a movie and you’re fine throughout it and then you get closer to the ending and you start panicking because you emphatically do not want it to end. That’s how I feel with every novel that Katie puts out. Her stories are colorful and captivating, her words intoxicating, and her characters are so lovable and messy that you never want them to go away.

            Like I said before, we don’t deserve 9 Days and 9 Nights but I am so fucking glad we have it.

Happy Reading!

The Wandereader

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