Top Ten by Katie Cotungo

This quote made me laugh because I found it to be so relatable! 😂

“Adria was a studio art major who made intricate collages using tissue paper and tweezers; she was also colossally beautiful, although Gabby tried her best not to notice that part. She was so busy not noticing, in fact, that it took her a moment to realize that Adria had asked her a question. ‘What?’ she asked dumbly after a too-long pause, then immediately felt like a moron. ‘Sorry. What?’”

(Cotungo 166–167).
I love the cover! ❤️

Synopsis from Libby: Ryan McCullough and Gabby Hart are the unlikeliest of best friends. Prickly, anxious Gabby would rather do literally anything than go to a party. Ultra-popular Ryan is a hockey star who can get any girl he wants—and frequently does. But somehow their relationship just works; from dorky Monopoly nights to rowdy house parties to the top ten lists they make about everything under the sun.

Now, on the night of high school graduation, everything is suddenly changing—in their lives, and in their relationship. As they try to figure out what they mean to each other and where to go from here, they make a final top ten list: this time, counting down the top ten moments of their friendship.

Rating: 5 stars!!! 😄

Spoiler-free review: Oh my gosh, I don’t even know where to begin! This book was so sweet! The synopsis on Libby (which is what I read before I started the book) is a bit more vague then the one from Goodreads, so I didn’t really think that the author would separate the book into ten chapters, each one describing a moment of their friendship. But that’s exactly what she did, and I absolutely LOVED IT! 😄 For example, #10 was ‘The Hookup, Graduation’, #9 was ‘The Beginning, Freshman Year, Fall’, and so on. It was just good! I loved how the events were not placed chronological order, but in the end, all the pieces fit beautifully into a puzzle depicting Gabby and Ryan’s friendship! It was a little confusing at first, but be sure to look at what year/season the moment took place so that you can visualize a timeline in your head.

The book is told in alternating perspectives, Gabby and Ryan, and I loved all the dialogue and how developed the characters were. They were real, authentic, and made perfect sense! Ahh! I could talk about how lovely this book was all day! I’m really looking forward to reading other books by the author, and in Libby, the synopsis said that if you are a fan of Julie Murphy or Betty Albertalli, then you will probably like this book! So, if you love cute, romantic, YA contemporary novels, then Top Ten is for you!

Overall, I just loved it! It was so sweet and I really enjoyed reading about Gabby and Ryan. I would definitely recommend this book and if you have read it, then let me know what you thought of it in the comments!

Thank you so much for reading and I hope that you have a wonderful day! ❤️—Rishika

Citation for picture: Cotungo, Katie. “TOP TEN – Katie Cotungo.” Katie Cotungo, 2017, katiecotugno.com/top-ten/.

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