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3.34  ·  Rating details ·  3,673 ratings  ·  602 reviews
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 t ...more
Hardcover, 320 pages
Published October 3rd 2017 by Balzer + Bray
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Hailey (Hailey in Bookland)
I've never read a Katie Contugo book before but I was happy to try it out when I received an ARC from the HarperCollins Canada Frenzy Presents event, and it was an enjoyable read! Cute, fun, and refreshing. The ending took me by surprise, but definitely in a pleasant way. I will say though, I had a lot of trouble with connecting to the characters and the storyline I think partially due to the episodic format of the story. ...more
Chelsea (chelseadolling reads)
Mar 15, 2019 rated it it was ok
Shelves: queer
I loved the beginning of this book and I also really appreciated the ending, but everything in between was a god damn MESS. I know that Katie Cotugno's books can be very hit or miss for most, but this was my first book of hers that truly let me down and I am le sad. Womp. ...more
Dec 02, 2017 rated it it was ok
Shelves: ya-contemporary

Overall.. did not like this book a ton. I didn't like either of the characters and also wasn't a fan of the way the story was told.
Sep 14, 2017 rated it it was ok
Shelves: arcs, disliked
I received a copy from HarperCollins via Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review.

I’m not sure how to go about this review because I was confused 80% of the time so I’ll break it down with what I expected vs what I got from this book.

What I expected:

1.A light romance read that will make me feel fuzzy. I wanted a light read that will make me squeal and smile really big whenever I thought about it.
2. Best friend to lovers trope. As much as I prefer hate to love, I found myself anticipating Gabby
Sarah Elizabeth
(I received an advance copy of this book for free. Thanks to HarperCollins and Edelweiss.)

This was a YA contemporary story about two best friends.

Gabby was quite a quiet girl, and she really struggled with her anxiety. Ryan was a lot more outgoing and popular, and I could see why Gabby couldn’t understand why he wanted to hang out with her.

The storyline in this was about Gabby and Ryan being friends, and then being more than friends. The story did jump around a little bit time-wise, which was a
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I won this through a First-Reads Giveaway. I so wanted to like this book. The write-up seemed promising. I hadn't read a YA in awhile and was ready for a light (maybe at times dramatic-love story.) I'm sorry but I did not really feel the "love" in this book. I couldn't get into the characters very much. I did not like Gabby at all and Ryan was just ok. I'm not even sure I'd call this a true "romance." I did not care for the sub plot romances. I did not like the ending at all. No pay-off.

I'm giv
✨ A ✨
May 12, 2018 rated it really liked it
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Danielle (Life of a Literary Nerd)
Katie Cotugno’s books always have a way of surprising me. She develops these realistic and flawed individuals and we follow them through their daily lives. We see the beauty, tragedy, and monotony of their lives and get to experience it along side them. Top Ten is another solid installment that showcases the importance of friendship, what it means when that friend becomes more, and what happens if it doesn’t work out.

Things I Liked :
There was this overwhelming nostalgic feeling, while being
Jul 18, 2017 added it
I really wanted to like this book, but I just couldn't connect with it unfortunately. There were too many timelines going on at the same time, and it became very confusing. I felt like because of the constantly shifting timeline, there ended up being some loose threads that were never resolved. The current timeline for Ryan and Gabby also ended up feeling pretty rushed and just not fully fleshed out. I really enjoyed the characters and thought this had a great premise, the style just wasn't for ...more
Nov 22, 2017 rated it really liked it
wow. I really didn't have high expectations for this book, but I just appreciate it so much. I'm so glad I did give this a chance. ...more
Tanya (Girl Plus Books)
I feel like I just lived through four years of the trials and tribulations of high school with Gabby and Ryan. And I mean that in both the best and worst ways possible (because whoever said high school is the best time of your life is a terrible liar). These two characters had me wanting to hug them, wanting to shake some sense into them, and most of all just wanting them to find their way and be happy.

With each chapter visiting a pivotal time in their friendship, Top Ten delves into the ups an
Jane (It'sJaneLindsey)
2.5 stars. It breaks my heart to rate this book so low, but wtf was this???
catherine ♡
I was actually pleasantly surprised by some things in this book, like LGBT representation and mental health (anxiety), but other than that, the plot of this book was mediocre. The way the story jumped around made the timeline of Gabby and Ryan's relationship hard to follow, and it also felt like their fights were repetitive, always about the same thing. ...more
Alexis  (TheSlothReader)

I think Top Ten was a very interesting introduction to Cotugno. It was told in an episodic format that I personally really enjoyed. It alternates between the four years that the two main characters have been friends. I didn't find it as confusing as others did and personally thought it served the type of story really well.

I also loved some of the topics and diversity that were included in this story. Gabby has severe anxiety and identifies as bisexual. Considering those were two things I can
The Candid Cover (Olivia & Lori)
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3.5 Stars

Top Ten is exactly what is sounds like—a nostalgic recap of a four year friendship told in a top ten list format. This story is realistic and contains two opposite main characters. The non-sequential writing style is inventive, but does get a bit hard to follow. I still enjoyed the story, and it truly is an emotional rollercoaster.

This book recaps the friendship of two teens about to head off to college. It focuses on their top ten moments, some good and s
Hallie Szott
Dec 22, 2018 rated it really liked it
I want more Gabby and Ryan.
Samantha (WLABB)
Oct 01, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Rating: 4.5 Stars

I really loved this one, but you know, endings.

I really loved this book, and as an homage to Ryan, Gabby, and their lists, I will give my top ten reasons why I loved this book.

1. Ryan, on the surface, appeared to be this happy-go-lucky jock, who was super popular, could have any girl he wanted, and thought life was a great big party. In reality, he felt alone in crowds and yearned for one-on-one interactions, he felt abandoned by his super-critical father, and he spent most of
Lisa (Remarkablylisa)
Oct 09, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: october-2017

I received an arc from Harper Collins in exchange for an honest review. 

Let's start this review off with me saying that I love Katie's works. I adored How to Love, and yes, 99 days was kind of problematic, and I didn't really read her other release from this year, Fireworks, yet but I still hold onto the fact that she will be one of my automatic buys. Have you seen the cover designs of her books? Granted, I shouldn't be purchasing a book based on it's cover art because the graphic
Jul 25, 2020 rated it really liked it
I was surprised to see people say that the characters lacked depth, because I really didn’t think so. This is the type of book I’d like to write — there isn’t exactly a solid plot, but it’s super character focused, and I loved it.

Disappointing fathers was relatable, as was wanting to please them. I loved Gaby’s family and all the parts where she’s dating a girl. I thought it felt so genuine. It was also fun that this was set in New York; I loved the mentions of the metro north and SUNY Purchase
Deimaris ☾
Aug 20, 2017 rated it did not like it
Shelves: dnf
*An arc of this book was sent to me by the publisher HarperCollins via Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review.*

Top Ten is a book set out to release on October 3, 2017. It follows the story of Ryan and Gabby, two very different best friends that at certain points of their friendship spark up feelings for each other. These two make a list of the Top ten moments of their relationship based on their four years at high school, changing from dual points of view and guiding us through their past an
Beth Hudspeth
Nov 16, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2017-reads
Wish there was more of a complete ending, but otherwise pretty good!
M.  [storme reads a lot]
I didn't love it as much as I thought I would. ...more
Feb 06, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
DNF @ 43%

I just can't. I'm too bored, and I'm getting too old to pull through things I'm not really feeling. Moving on.
Aug 05, 2017 rated it liked it
This is a case of "it's not you, it's me", because this just wasn't a "me" book - but I do recommend it for the following reasons:

- bi protagonist with anxiety!
- cute contemporary story
- accurate representation of high school
- the! best! family!
- focus on sports (hockey)
- unique method of storytelling (dual point of view, told throughout four years of high school)
- very fast read

Why did I not like it? Let's see.

- I had no love for either of the main characters, or any of the characters, for t
Shannon (It Starts At Midnight)
You can find the full review and all the fancy and/or randomness that accompanies it at It Starts at Midnight

I read this book in one day. In fact, I kept reading chapters on my phone every chance I got, because it was so good. So let us discuss!

The Things I Loved:

Such a realistic portrayal of how different people anticipate the college situation. So many books present characters who all just want college to come ASAP, there's no worry about it, it's all positive. But hi, that isn't lif
I had such high hopes for Top Ten, seeing as I’d enjoyed Cotugno’s previous books, but sadly Top Ten was such a disappointing read for me. The beginning of the book I actually enjoyed, best friends Ryan and Gabby find themselves over their heads one night, I don’t want to say too much and give it away, but the way things ended, I wanted to know what would happen next, as both Ryan and Gabby would be headed off to college, and with them being friends for so long, would their friendship be able to ...more
Going into this, I had no real expectations. But I was pleasantly surprised right away! This is a solid contemporary, that's mostly cute but does deal with some real issues.

I really liked how this is structured as a slice-of-life kind of story. I found it somewhat comparable to One Day in that sense, but instead of focusing on one specific day, it focuses on ten of the most important moments/periods in Gabby and Ryan's friendship.

I wasn't expecting to find anxiety rep, and I haven't read many bo
Let's talk about how amazing Top Ten was shall we? I loved 99 days by Cotugno so I was really looking forward to reading another book by her, I was not disappointed at all with Top Ten! I got this book from the library and I fully intend on buying my own copy of it, that's how much I loved this book. I loved the characters, the way Cotugno told the story, the choices she made for both Ryan and Gabby in the novel, I loved every second of this book so much so that I didn't want it to end!

Longer r
Melanie  Brinkman
May 09, 2019 added it
Shelves: own-c
The most unlikely of best friends.

Gabby and Ryan have no business being best friends. Gabby is quiet, anxious, an introvert to the max. Ryan is outgoing, goes for what and who he wants and usually gets it. So when they meet at a party, they never expect to come to mean as much as they do to each other.

Now facing graduation, feelings emerge. Will their relationship be able to stand up to the challenge of time?

Katie Cotugno books are either hits or misses. Fortunately Top Ten was a hit.

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Katie Cotugno is the New York Times bestselling author of messy, complicated, feminist love stories. She studied Writing, Literature and Publishing at Emerson College and received her MFA in Fiction at Lesley University.

Katie is a Pushcart Prize nominee whose work has appeared in The Iowa Review, The Mississippi Review, and Argestes, among others.

The great loves of her life include child's pose,

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