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Published by HarperCollins on May 1st 2018
Genres: Contemporary, Dating & Sex, General, Romance, Social Themes, Travel & Transportation, Young Adult Fiction
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? back?
I adore Katie Cotugno’s writing. Her stories always delve into challenging themes that will make you really think about how you feel about so many things!
9 Days and 9 Nights is a companion to the amazing 99 Days. It’s been a while since I’ve read it, but Cotugno reminded me wonderfully in the first few chapters! That said, I’m looking forward to reading these two back to back in the near future.
Molly is now living in Boston where she’s majoring in Business and she’s not the same girl she was when we first met her. She’s reinvented herself and she’s got a serious boyfriend and a plan… her life is back on track and getting back to normal. A European trip with her boyfriend Ian is the perfect next step.
While in London, she runs into the guy who derailed her life the last time and Ian unwittingly invites Gabe and his girlfriend to join them on the next leg of their trip to Ireland, and Molly can’t share why it’s so awkward without sharing the past she’s managed to hide from the people in her new life.
You guys… the set up for this story is so cringey in an awkward and OMG thank the lord this hasn’t ever happened to me kind of way. I LOVED EVERY SECOND OF IT… even the painful, hurt your heart situations that arise. There’s no denying that this story is messy, but life is messy and complicated and hard and Cotugno doesn’t sugar coat it.
This is a smart, complicated and riveting story and it reminded me again why I love Katie’s writing so much. Her amazing voice and writing style definitely make her a favorite author, but her realistic, stories are what keep me coming back again and again. She’s definitely an all-time favorite in the YA Contemporary genre and I look forward to whatever she shares with us readers next!