99 Days of Laney MacGuire

99 Days of Laney MacGuire

by Rachel Bateman

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"...such a heartfelt story...full of a little bit of humor and heartache, a real portrayal on friendship and family, and a romance that will melt your heart...when I say you need to read this book, I mean you really need to read this book."
~Kate's Tales of Books and Bands

When Laney returned to Seeley Lake after graduation, she expected a relaxing summer to get her bearings straight before college.

She didn't expect her dad to get married, or for her best friends to be so different.

And she definitely didn't expect to fall in love with Weston.

As the summer goes on, Laney learns that sometimes the things you expect the least are the things you need the most.

Product Details

BN ID: 2940149002610
Publisher: Metamorphosis Books
Publication date: 11/11/2013
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 322
Sales rank: 168,920
File size: 791 KB

About the Author

Rachel Bateman is a writer and editor who spends too much time thinking she can out-bake the Cake Boss. (Spoiler: she can’t.) She lives in the middle of Montana, but dreams of the ocean. When not writing, editing, or reading books, she can be found playing with her husband, young sons, and small zoo of pets.

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99 Days of Laney MacGuire 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 13 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
For the past five summers. Laney MacGuire has made the trip from North Carolina to Leisure Lodge, a family owned lake resort in Wyoming.  She spends her days helping out on the property and her nights hanging out with her besties, Karissa and Rory.   This summer, she hopes the timeless beauty of the lake and her faithful friends will be the anchor she needs after an especially turbulent year.  She soon discovers, however, that the people she was counting on for stability are coping with their own troubles; ironically it is in the company of the resort's newest resident that Laney finds comfort. Like most seventeen year olds, Laney is focused on her immediate future: fun with friends, pleasing her mother, choosing a major.  She is also running from a difficult past, and her attempts at hiding painful experiences are holding her back from honest relationships with those who care about her.  Laney is at a crossroads, and she isn't the only one:  Rory is moving to Texas, Karissa is concealing trouble at home, and her father is facing major changes to the lake resort and his personal life.   This isn't just a "coming of age during one magical summer" story - it is an authentic  depiction of what happens when young life faces adult ordeals.  The book is honest and cathartic; the are many light hearted and romantic moments in Laney's summer, and I very much enjoyed the camaraderie between friends and family.  There are also uncomfortable conversations and situations - it is genuine  portrayal of life: good and bad.  I enjoyed the realistic characters and original plot... the chapter titles were a log of the 99 days Laney spent at the lake.  It is a tremendous journey of self discovery and sacrifice in that narrow window that  separates a carefree life from consequences.  -kris
KatelynTorrey More than 1 year ago
Do you ever come across a book that totally knocks you off your feet? A book that you never saw coming, one that totally blows you away with how insanely beautiful it is? 99 Days of Laney MacGuire is that very book for me. From the very first page of this book I was hooked. Rachel’s writing captured me with how simplistic, honest in the most humorous way, and so very real. I felt like I was right there with Laney as she embarked on a summer spent at her dad’s resort. Laney was easy to connect to from the very beginning. Not only was she funny, but she was also flawed in the best ways possible; the ways that make her complex and human. She had these absolutely wonderful moments throughout the book where she was wild and crazy with her friends, alone and sad while reflecting over the traumas she faced this past year, intense and passionate about her running, being awkward around a really hot guy on more than one occasion, getting drunk and making mistakes a time or two, learning to be happy again and falling in love, running away when things got tough. See all of these things happened throughout the book and while some of them aren’t exactly the best, they all worked so well together to make Laney, well Laney. Even though this story is laced with humor and lighthearted moments, it became clear to me that there was some pretty dark and heavy things lurking in the background. Throughout the whole course of the book Laney struggles to come to terms with something that happened to her a year ago and has caused great pain. While I found it pretty easy to guess what happened to her, it didn’t make it any easier when Laney finally opened up about it. Like I said, it was like I made a friend while reading this book so it was also like watching a friend grieving and dealing with more pain than one person should have to encounter. There, helping Laney through a tough time in her life is an absolutely PERFECT set of secondary characters. I adore when authors have the ability to not only write complex main characters but can also write secondary characters who have their own sets of issues and layers. Laney’s best friends, Rory and Karissa were so well-written. Even though you don’t get in their heads quite as much as Laney, you still learn so much about these characters over the course of the book. You learn that Rory is passionate about his music, a little quirky, and incredibly loyal to his best friends. You also learn that Karissa is wild and crazy but also harboring some pretty heavy issues of her own. Seeing these three best friends interact together was like a breath of fresh air. They fought, they had fun, they supported one another but most importantly they were a fantastically written set of friends. Throughout the story we also get to meet Laney’s dad, Craig and his fiance/wife Angie. These two characters were all I could hope for in supportive, fun parents even if I did have one little issue. But to describe this issue I need to backtrack a bit. Laney’s mom is always quick to marry, quick to divorce, and quick to marry again. Laney’s dad was among the first few husbands. The part that I had an issue was, was the fact that Laney was only introduced to her fathers about 5 years before the story took place. While I get the purpose of this, I feel like it could have been handled just a tad clearer. It took me a while to realize that when Laney said “dad” or “Craig” she was in fact talking about the same person. In fact the reasons behind her meeting her dad so late in life were just kind of brushed over and not until the last half of the book. Despite this small issue, I LOVED the support Craig gave to Laney. He was always there for her, caring and loving, no questions asked. It was nice to see a parent just be there for their child. This book review wouldn’t be complete without mentioning a very important character and an even more important relationship. Weston is the definition of swoon and Laney is not immune to the spell he casts. He is gorgeous, has an accent (irresistible, I know), he reads all the time (even if the fact that he dog-ears his pages is a bit of downfall), he is a great listener, but to Laney the most important thing is that he only sees her for who she is, not the girl she used to be and most certainly the girl she isn’t now. When I say I loved these two together, that is an understatement. There is a connection between these two from the very beginning. They both fight it for their own reasons but to no avail. When they are together though they just get one another. Sure they fight and get caught up in the moment. It’s also no secret that they both come with their slew of personal demons but that’s something they help each other with. It was nice to see the changes they brought out in one another. When I say you need to read this book, I mean you REALLY need to read this book. Rachel Bateman wrote such a heartfelt story that is full of a little bit of humor and heartache, a real portrayal on friendship and family, and a romance that will melt your heart. 99 Days of Laney MacGuire is a book you're going to want to pick up!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Heart-warming and heart-wrenching at the same time. Rachel Bateman succeeds in creating a realistic setting, a pain-filled heroine, and a caring hero every girl will surely love. A successful debut novel!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Laney is a wonderfully flawed character who you can't help but root for.  Her friends are equally complex and more than just background characters.  And then there is Weston.  Oh, Weston.  As Laney tries to resist him you want to jump into the story and scream "I'll take him!"  A wonderful debut from a new author who I hope we see much more of.
FayTannerr More than 1 year ago
99 Days of Laney MacGuire was an intriguing, entertaining and emotional read. It was a real page-turner and memorable. It starts with Laney spending her summer at her father's lake resort. Things barely change but this year everything is different including Laney herself. The characters is this novel were very interesting. Laney was a unique character struggling with something that happened to her (this is revealed throughout the novel) and coming to terms with telling those close to her. Weston was a truly great person. He was understanding and never pressured Laney into telling him what happened. Laney's dad, Craig was also understanding and supportive of Laney. And Rory was a true and funny friend. This novel explores everything from friendship, love and trauma. Throughout the novel we see how Laney and her friends deal with the unique circumstances that they are faced with. I would recommend this novel for fans of contemporary romance!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
An amazing read. I wanted more than 99 days to read.
tlf0803 More than 1 year ago
This book is difficult for me to review, because it is so very different from what I normally read. While I typically read a lot of light, fluffy YA, this book still captured my interest with its beautiful writing.  It delves into more serious issues--issues that shape the main character and the others around her in a very profound way. The plot centers around Laney's past, and the things that happened to her to make her act and feel the way she does. (I'm trying not to give any spoilers!) If you're queasy about swearing, cutting, abuse, or teenage sexuality, then this might not be the book for you. It broaches all of those subjects, and as such, has a slightly darker tone than I was expecting. However, it also is about healing and moving on, and finding the strength to live the life you want. I tend to call these types of novels "issue books" since they go into a lot of detail about various issues. And while those types of books aren't my usual cup of tea, for what it is, this novel did it beautifully. If, however, you are a fan of these types of books, then this one will have the beautiful story line and pacing to pull you along effortlessly. For me, I tend to shy away from too much emotional drama, so it took me a bit longer to become invested.
kirstyviz More than 1 year ago
99 Days of Laney MacGuire is a thought-provoking and powerful coming of age story, in which Rachel Bateman approaches the issues of trust, love and trauma perceptively and honestly. Laney is a talented and multi-faceted girl who has returned to her dad's lake resort for the summer, following what has been a difficult year for her. Laney is ambiguous about the events which have caused her emotional breakdown, although she indicates that she has a scar on her wrist and whatever has happened is the cause of her anti-social behaviour. The book does not have 99 chapters, instead the reader follows Laney through the most important days of her summer and this journey is filled with emotions; anguish, confusion, elation and hope. This was a story I was eager to reach the end of, not because of any lack on the author's part, but because I became involved in the lives of the characters and their stories. I was particularly interested in the relationships Laney has with her parents. Craig loves his daughter but is not demonstrative, even failing to reveal his forthcoming marriage until the last minute. Despite this Laney feels more secure with him, rather than with her mother, whose feelings are questionable and seems to want 'ownership' of Laney, using her as a pawn. The depth of Laney's issues with her mother are not revealed until much later, but even before that we dislike her actions. Laney's friendships with Karissa and Rory are vital to her healing, mainly because she has isolated herself from everyone else who cares for her. It is Karissa who challenges Laney, because she has her own family issues which Laney has been blind to. Rory is the peacemaker and quietly supports the two girls, knowing how important they are to each other. We slowly watch Laney develop throughout this novel; in confidence and emotionally. This is helped by her relationship with Weston, who encourages her to trust and accept love. 99 Days of Laney is an important story, which reaches out to young adults who have experienced any kind of depression, anxiety or abuse. By surrounding Laney with people who care for her, Rachel Bateman focuses on Laney's recovery and as a part of this we share her often painful emotions. This is a story where a box of tissues is a necessity! I received this as a complimentary review copy, but this has had no influence on my opinion.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was an enjoyable read - it was a little slow picking up, but I really enjoyed the plot and the centering around a Lakefront Camp. Not your usual place for a coming of age romance. The main character tells her story over the 99 days of summer and it is written almost in a journal style. I liked the characters for he most part, I did find her friend Kris a bit shallow and callous and couldn't figure out why Lainey was friends with her.  Overall, this was a lovely first book and I look forward to more by this author. -I was gifted a copy of this ebook in exchange for my fair and honest review.
Greisn1 More than 1 year ago
Typically when I do a review, I give out both the good and the bad feedback. Sometimes there are characters that just make me cringe. Sometimes authors try to speed along the character development and end up with characters who are simply lacking. Sometimes they try to speed the plot along too much and just make the entire story unbelievable. This time, as I wrote out my pro and con list, I realized that as hard as I tried, I couldn't think of any cons. Bateman has created the ultimate relatable character. Laney is a 17-year-old girl who recently graduated high school. Though she's gone through great changes in the recent year, she has always been a typical teenager. She was always carefree, enjoying her life and making her own choices (even if they weren't always the best.) Recently, she's started doubting her plans for the rest of her life and has decided to spend the summer with her father and best friends trying to figure out what comes next. I feel like I've just described my early adult life. The refreshing thing about this book is that Bateman doesn't put Laney on a pedestal or try to hide her flaws. Laney and her friends make the same stupid choices we all did as teens, and just like us, they don't know when to ask for help. I think that this is the part that resonated most with me. It seems like every teen has a time in their life where they really should ask for help but just don't know who to ask or how. Bateman has managed to create a character that could easily be 90% of us. I'm undecided about who to recommend this book to. I have worked with high schoolers for a few years, and though there is a lot to this story that would be appropriate for them, there are other parts that I would find questionable. As a teen reader, I think that I would have fallen in love with this book. As a parent, I would cringe if my daughter read this book. I would recommend this to anyone who wants to find a relatable character, but caution readers that there are adult themes addressed in this book. Please note that I received a complimentary review copy for my 100% honest opinions about Bateman's book.
DiiMI More than 1 year ago
From the start, there is a raw and jagged, and brittle feel to 99Days of Laney MacGuire by Rachel Bateman. As Laney looks forward to spending time with her father at the resort he owns, she feels a small part of the burden of shame lifted as she gains a reprieve from living under her mother’s thumb and with the nightmares that have haunted her for a year. Even with her best friends by her side, something is still not right, is it Laney who has changed, become more sullen and quiet or have they all changed? Enter Weston, older than Laney, but at first, equal parts intriguing and repulsive. Was it her obvious attraction to him that made her prickle when he was around? Could he be a safe place to land, not knowing her past? She doesn’t want to be the old Laney, but she doesn’t want to be the new Laney, either. As her secrets begin to choke her, her world is coming unglued and only Weston seems to know how to hold her together as she fights to regain her balance and think beyond herself. It isn’t until her mother comes to take her home and take control of her life that Laney finally faces the truth and reveals why she carries the scar on her wrist. Will the truth set her free? Will Weston still be there for her? What about her friends, her mother, father and his new wife? What starts out slowly with dark undertones throughout deepens into the heartbreaking and painful journey that Laney must take as she attempts to deal with her past, alone. Rachel Bateman has pulled out all of the stops in portraying the inner turmoil and desire to be “normal” again that Laney faces. She has given life to each character, filling them with heart, flaws and their own set of problems, including the blind spots we all have when looking at the world around us. A beautifully presented tale of the journey to personal redemption and self love. From start to finish each page just got better and better as I was sucked into the mind and world of Laney MacGuire.
Sami_Creech More than 1 year ago
I received a gift copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. Laney has changed drastically in the last few months. She no longer speaks to her friends as frequently in fact pushing most of them away; her relationship with her mother has definitely changed and she is no longer as outgoing as she used to be. What has caused the change in her is a secret that she is ashamed of and is not willing to share. In her attempt to get away from her situation she leaves for the summer to go to her dads’ lake resort. Upon arriving she already feels more at home and relaxed. That changes when she sees the new guy. Weston comes from a wealthy family but in no way acts like the pretentious type. Something in Laney draws him in despite their age difference. He tries to get to know her and the more he learns the more he likes her, the same can be said of Laney despite her earlier misgivings of getting involved with anyone. Will Laney finally open up and let the past stay in the past instead of hindering her future happiness? This story is not at all what I expected it to be but I was pleasantly surprised. It has a great plot and an even greater underlying message can be taken away from this book. It shows how truly strong and resilient we can truly be in the face of some of the most difficult of situations. I would highly recommend this book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
There are 2 reviews below that give many details, so I won't do that. I'll just say that you should read this book! So proud of my daughter, Rachel Bateman, on the publication of her first novel. I hope there are many, many more to come!!