ARC Review || Top Ten by Katie Cotugno

top ten by katie cotugnoTop Ten by Katie Cotugno
Publication Date: October 3rd 2017 by Balzer + Bray
Source: ARC from Publisher via Edelweiss
Rating: ½
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Ryan McCullough and Gabby Hart are the unlikeliest of friends. Introverted, anxious Gabby would rather do literally anything than go to a party. Ryan is a star hockey player who can get any girl he wants—and does, frequently. But against all odds, they became not only friends, but each other’s favorite person. Now, as they face high school graduation, they can’t help but take a moment to reminisce and, in their signature tradition, make a top ten list—counting down the top ten moments of their friendship:

10. Where to begin? Maybe the night we met.
9. Then there was our awkward phase.
8. When you were in love with me but never told me…
7. Those five months we stopped talking were the hardest of my life.
6. Through terrible fights…
5. And emotional makeups.
4. You were there for me when I got my heart broken.
3. …but at times, you were also the one breaking it.
2. Above all, you helped me make sense of the world.
1. Now, as we head off to college—how am I possibly going to live without you?

I received an ARC of this book from the Publisher. No compensation in any form was received for the review of this book.

I’m not the biggest Katie Cotugno fan. In fact, this is only the second one I’ve read from hers, but I do see why people love her books, despite having mixed reviews. I remember meeting her about two years ago. She had a signing here along with a couple of authors and I was able to ask her why she loves to write complex stories and she answered that she likes her characters real and flawed.

This was the case for 99 Days, and I wasn’t disappointed to see that she stays true regarding her characters. Gabby and Ryan are the one of the most realistic characters I have read. Although, I wish there was more room for their arcs to develop, but the book was pretty much plot-driven. I honestly would have loved this more, if only they were given more development.

I did enjoy the budding romance between Gabby and Ryan though, even if they fight occasionally. I always love their make-up scenes. The tension between them is raw and honest, and I really think that they complement each other’s personalities.

“I’m a weirdo.”

“You’re my weirdo.”

The narration of the story is non-linear, timeline-wise. It got me a little confused, which was unusual, because I love non-linear narratives. However, it offers a fresh perspective for the story. It also makes your emotions sway because one chapter you’re sad, and then you’re happy on the next one.

It’s also worth noting that the book offers bisexual rep, and anxiety rep. I was honestly surprised—in a really good way—for the bi rep because it wasn’t explicitly mentioned in the synopsis, but yay! They were written very well and I was able to connect with Gabby because of these.

Overall, I’m not the biggest fan of this book but I’m glad it was written because I’m sure that there are other people who can relate to Gabby and Ryan more than I did. It’s also a very fast read and told in dual POVs, which I enjoyed. Despite having issues, I still recommend this book!

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A 22 year old bibliophile from the outskirts of Manila, who loves reading books for passion.

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