Top Ten

Top Ten

Book - 2017
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Ryan McCullough and Gabby Hart are the unlikeliest of best friends: Ryan is a popular jock, Gabby is prickly and anxious and introverted. But somehow their relationship just works until now on the night of graduation everything is suddenly changing.
Publisher: New York : Balzer + Bray, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers, ℗♭2017.
ISBN: 9780062418302
Characteristics: 357 pages ;,22 cm


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Jan 14, 2019

I really appreciated the friendship between Ryan and Gabby, showing the importance of having someone who is vested in your interest but not afraid to call you out when you need it, and how some friendships can withstand trials and hardships. It was not what necessarily what I expected from the cover, but it was charming and fun, and at times heart-wrenching.

LiztheLibrarian Aug 23, 2018

I liked that the author really described well how anxiety and panic attacks work, I was however frustrated with Gabby's parents not being more proactive in getting her help to cope with the anxiety much sooner in the book. Also Ryan's mom really dropped the ball on paying attention to her kids health. If my son had three concussions in three years he wouldn't be doing the thing that caused them at all.

Nov 16, 2017

Ryan and Gabby meet in freshmen year and are the most unlikely pair, but they make it work. Gabby is an anxious, quiet person who would rather stay at home reading, while Ryan is the hockey start who loves to party. Now as they face high school graduation they look back at their top ten high school moments together. A really cute read that shows you how important friends are in high school, and how sometimes it's better to just be friends than to try and be in a relationship. I found that the timeline jumped around a lot throughout the story which made it a little hard to follow but still a really good book. Rating 3 out of 5 stars.
- @Fallenangelhushhush of the Teen Review Board of the Hamilton Public Library

Sep 03, 2017

I was super disappointed by Katie Cotugno's 99 Days. It was one of those books I had high hopes for given how much I adored How to Love. Top Ten is closer to How to Love for me, as I found myself engrossed in it.

I can understand why other reviews DNF'ed this book -- the style of going back and forth between Ryan and Gabby's perspectives at different points of their lives can feel a bit jarring. Cotugno's writing is beautiful, but the reader is just completely dropped into Gabby and Ryan's friendship without build up. The timelines go back and forth, and it can feel a bit confusing. I, however, embraced what the author was trying to accomplish with the writing, and I loved the message she was going for.

Gabby and Ryan are awkward. They suffer from social anxiety. The are best friends, though Ryan is in love with Gabby, and Gabby has a crush on a girl. Gabby is learned to embrace her bisexuality, but she doesn't want her relationship with Ryan to take a hit. All their messy feelings make so much sense and it's easy to feel empathy for them. Cotugno provides us with two main characters who are messy, thoughtful, and you get the sense that there is so much that us unclear surrounding their friendship.

I even loved the sloppy, confused romance in this novel. You get the sense that there is so much emotion and inanity of teen angst and love. Top Ten is just such a unique experience for a contemporary novel, just in terms of how it is written. It's not going to gel with every reader, but I found myself engaged from beginning to end, and I feel like regardless of my feelings on 99 Days, I'll still read anything Katie Cotugno writes just for the experience alone.

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