Genre: YA, Contemporary, Romance
Released on: April 21st, 2015
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Day 1: Julia Donnelly eggs my house my first night back in Star Lake, and that’s how I know everyone still remembers everything—how I destroyed my relationship with Patrick the night everything happened with his brother, Gabe. How I wrecked their whole family. Now I’m serving out my summer like a jail sentence: Just ninety-nine days till I can leave for college, and be done.
Day 4: A nasty note on my windshield makes it clear Julia isn’t finished. I’m expecting a fight when someone taps me on the shoulder, but it’s just Gabe, home from college and actually happy to see me. “For what it’s worth, Molly Barlow,” he says, “I’m really glad you’re back.”
Day 12: Gabe got me to come to this party, and I’m actually having fun. I think he’s about to kiss me—and that’s when I see Patrick. My Patrick, who’s supposed to be clear across the country. My Patrick, who’s never going to forgive me.
Look at that, two Katie Cotugno reviews in a row! Awesome!
I have to mention how much I really like the first line: “Julia Donnelly eggs my house the first night I’m back in Star Lake, and that’s how I know everyone still remembers everything.”
That line gives us just enough to keep reading and there is something about the way it reads that it already paints a picture of the narrator in my head. Great opening line. Now, I’m hooked.
There were times in which I found it hard to read through simply because this subject hits kind of close to home for me, but at the same time, I felt that the way Cotugno wrote it was really well done. It was a fast-paced and laughable book. It felt fun and light, while also carrying around this underlying tone of something bigger than itself.
Sure there are times where readers may get “annoyed” with the main character because of the choices she’s making, but Molly is only human and she’s experiencing some intense human emotions that she’s not sure what to make of. She’s torn.
I also really loved the side characters in the novel. I fell for Imogen so hard! At first I wasn’t sure if I could like her because of the cold shoulder she gives Molly, but I came around to her very quickly. There’s something spunky and different about Imogen that i always felt like I was on her side.
As for the two guy characters, Patrick and Gabe – I will say this: They each have their different attributes and faults that I fell in love with, much like Molly. There were things I loved about Gabe that Patrick couldn’t even come close to; but there were also things I loved about Molly and Patrick’s past that Gabe had no competition with. It’s very interesting to see that play out and I commend Katie for accomplishing it in a way where I, as a reader, fell in love with both guys.
Now, if you’ve read through some of my reviews, then you know full and well how much I HATE love triangles. But this didn’t feel like a love triangle to me. It’s hard to explain what I mean by this book not being about a love triangle without spoiling anything, but that’s why I absolutely LOVE the ending. It’s perfect. It is exactly what needed to happen. I’m so proud of Molly and the person she becomes in the end. It becomes clear that this is a story about her journey, and her life. Molly struggles to figure out that there’s more to life than the small town she grew up in.
I really enjoyed this story and like I said, it is a fast-paced novel that anyone can eat up in one sitting. I very much enjoyed this as Katie’s second novel and can’t wait to read more by her!
MY RATING: 4/5