Honestly this is less of a love and more of an appreciation. This book had me on the tips of my toes-- because I was worried this book would be a repeat of the first one, which I was both riveted and completely frustrated by. So the first one was another like-hate relationship. The writing and the characters are so utterly riveting with these books. It's the characters' choices that drive me insane-- repeating of past mistakes over and over. With the first book, I was angry and frustrated the whole time because the main character completely just repeats the mistakes she made before the book started, she doesn't learn. With this one? She's offered a lot of opportunities to repeat those mistakes again, but this time she's learned.
That makes this novel so much more enjoyable than the first-- but the thing is, you have to endure the frustration of the first novel to get here and truly appreciate it for what it is.
Synopsis for 99 Days (the first book):
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.