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You Say It First

3.52  ·  Rating details ·  3,833 ratings  ·  647 reviews
Meg has her entire life set up perfectly: her boyfriend Mason is sweet and supportive, she and her best friend Emily plan to head to Cornell together in the fall, and she even finds time to clock shifts phonebanking at a voter registration call center in her Philadelphia suburb. But everything changes when one of those calls connects her to a stranger from small-town Ohio, ...more
Hardcover, 368 pages
Published June 16th 2020 by Balzer + Bray
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Kellyn Most likely not... besides the 99 Days duology, Katie Cotugno hasn't written any series.…moreMost likely not... besides the 99 Days duology, Katie Cotugno hasn't written any series.(less)
Kellyn Somewhat frequent usage of cussing but not too heavy romance, just kissing and some implied stuff.

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Jun 09, 2020 rated it liked it
3.5 stars

There were two genre-defying things I really appreciated about You Say It First. The first was that Colby (the male MC) admitted that Meg (the female MC) wasn't as attractive as his other potential love interest, but he was into Meg in spite of her being the less attractive option. Too often in romances, the prospective female love interest is described as "the most beautiful woman" that the dude has ever seen, the first time he sees her. And I'm just kind of sick of it. Like, does he







Seriously considering making this my life motto.

'You Say It First' has, at its core, an interesting premise. I mean, why else would I read it? Don't answer that. Meg
Jun 23, 2020 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2020-releases
let me start off by saying this wasn't a bad book, i just didn't give a shit about any of the characters, plot or anything at all in this.

first of all, i honestly have no idea why even meg and colby were together, other than the fact that they were the person the other could be honest with (and even that wasn't always the case), they were very judgmental towards each other and always arguing and assuming things about the other. i wasn't even rooting for them to be together. their arguments gets
May 06, 2020 rated it really liked it
I’m always interested in reading stories with complex characters, and Meg and Colby are both prime examples of that. They’re young and they’ve got their own perspective on the world at the start, and it’s interesting to witness how that perspective gets challenged as the story continues.
Aug 02, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was a quick, easy and entertaining read.
Meg, a suburban girl from Philadelphia, rich, goes to a private school, and seem to have it all together, at least on the surface; meets Colby, a small town boy from Alma Ohio, who was not sure about his future, and cared little about his present. They were truly both from different worlds, it wasn’t hard to see they would suffer some level of insecurities trying to fit into each other’s worlds. Despite this little hiccup, they had a great connection,
Jan 04, 2020 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
I didn't even know this was a thing until I started browsing through Edelweiss looking for e-ARCS and stumbled upon this. I've never read a Katie Cotugno book before, but this sounded so up my alley and I couldn't pass on it.

Jul 14, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
“It was the thesis statement of their friendship—that comforting sameness, the knowledge that by the time a thought occurred to her, Emily was already thinking it, too. Sometimes Meg wondered if maybe they were actually the same person, split into two different bodies by some cosmic mistake.”

I loved this book *so* much and I will not accept any bad reviews of it!!! (Kidding, you can obviously have your own opinions. Even if they're wrong!)
You Say It First was my first Katie Cotugno book and de
Lisa (Remarkablylisa)
I received an ARC from Harper Collins Canada in exchange for an honest review.

While I can say I'm a fan of Katie's books, I can also say that some are a huge hit and some are a huge miss. It's always the ending that frustrates me the most but definitely the characters can really irritate me as well. You Say It First is marketed as YA novel that deals with the importance of youth voting and taking part in the election process. If you're worried about politics in this book, you really don't have t
Claude's Bookzone
Aug 09, 2020 rated it it was ok
2.5 Stars

CW: (view spoiler)

Well the cover looks like a cute romance. The blurb sounds mostly like a cute romance with a potential exploration of some deeper issues.

It is not a cute romance.

It is a book about two people with difficult and tragic lives who spend more time antagonising each other than staring dreamily into each others eyes. It is not a bad book but
Nenia ✨ I yeet my books back and forth ✨ Campbell
I'm very excited that the premise of this meet-cute hinges on the importance of voting.

I've phonebanked before too. Voting is very important!
Rida Quraishi
Jun 28, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was such a nice, heartwarming story and the characters really drive the whole story for you.
I loved the character development in this book. The story between Meg and Colby was lovely and so comfortable ❤️
I loved it!
Oct 31, 2020 rated it it was ok
2.5/5 Stars

This novel isn't a bad book per se, but it just wasn't the right read for me. I was curious to see Colby and Meg's long-distance relationship develop and I was quite disappointed by it. It felt like it was built on fragile foundations and I didn't like how much they bickered. I get the being challenged and having a strong opinion part, but they spent more time discussing than anything else really.

Also, this book has some big and important themes that were used as subplots and that wer
Floor Flawless
DNF after 30%

Not my kind of romance book somehow.
Fatirah Murtaza
Feb 10, 2021 rated it liked it
They do be really saying ‘don’t judge a book by its cover’. I expected I’d get a cute, fluffy with a little bit flimsy in the middle of the story just to show that a relationship has its ups and downs or maybe some obstacles that hamper the process of two star crossed lovers from getting back together and then poof—they’re back together through some sort of deep-talks and deep-understanding. I’m not sorry if this sounds cliché because I do love me some cliché stuff.

This book is far from what I
bee  ❤︎
three stars ∗ well this was a bit of a pleasant surprise! i initially picked it up as a cover buy (bc lets be real, this cover is so unbelievably cute) but the storyline was really interesting and cute, too! it definitely wasn’t the most, like, hard hitting novel i’ve ever read, but it was a pretty fun read and i was in the mood so that’s all that really matters! i was kinda iffy about meg at first, but then i realized that we had a lot in common so i really started to root for her during the la ...more
May 23, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: edelweiss
3.5/ 5 stars

You Say It First is my sixth book by this author. This book is a Young Adult contemporary book.

This was a quick YA read. However from the cover I was expecting a sweet, cute romantic YA love story. To me this book was not that at all. It was more YA realistic fiction with some romance. The book deals with a lot of hard subjects (like divorce, suicide, alcoholism, socioeconomic status...). So it was more serious than I was expecting.

The book has alternating 3rd person POVs: Meg and Co
Jul 03, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
This was probably my easiest read of quarantine. I flew through it. I figured I was getting slower because of everything and that’s just how things would be, but this really made me feel sixteen again, reading YA in the school library. I read this in between all my sister’s birthday festivities.

The MCs are both very white in different ways but I think it’s adequately addressed (although some things made me cringe.) I love the characters and also want to move to Philly now??? And I like... white
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Jaye Berry
Did I get tricked into buying this book because of the adorable cover? I sure fucking did.

You Say It First is about a girl named Meg who works at a voter registration call center who calls a boy named Colby and they end up having an argument. Meg has her entire future mapped out, down to rooming at Cornell with her best friend while Colby is stuck in a rut, working a job he hates and not sure what his future holds. When Meg calls him back, they end up hitting it off and forming a long-distance f
Danielle (Life of a Literary Nerd)
3.5 Stars
As always, Katie Cotugno delivers realistic and grounded characters in dramatic and unlikely situations. I love Cotugno's books because that strike a great balance of escapism and authenticity that makes the situations feel heightened and deliciously dramatic, but the characters always act in believable ways - even if it's not what I would do, I can understand their choices.

Meg and Colby instantly connect after Meg's canvassing call for Colby's recently deceased dad goes awry. But the
Feb 20, 2021 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2021-reads
I thought this was a good romcom, an older YA book for people who want to speed through a book in a short period of time.

I'm not going to say that this was exceptional but I did quite enjoy the banter between the two main characters and the plot-line. You Say It First was fastly paced, interestingly casted, and as messy as a toddler finger painting.

I really enjoyed the various conversations that the two characters, Meg and Colby, had and how they dealt with various issues in their lives. I thou
May 18, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2020, arc
This story was a DELIGHT. I so appreciated how Meg and Colby’s perspectives are shown in a way that doesn’t idealize one over the other.

It’s interesting because politics are mentioned but not in a direct this side vs this side. It was more that Meg really cared about progressive movements and Colby was just indifferent.

This was a smart choice, I think, that allowed for more debate and productive ideological battles. Everything was handled so thoughtfully.

As someone who struggles to always voi
Irmak ☾
Feb 06, 2021 rated it liked it
This was my first Cotugno book, and I'm inclined to pick another one of her books in the future because this was surprisingly good, I enjoyed it. I liked Colby from the start, and Meg grew on me. Most of my enjoyment came from the fact that these characters were a bit complex, and had other problems and lives other than each other, they felt like real people, real teenagers. ...more
Margz Cafifge
As most Katie Cotugno books go, the covers are scene-stealers and the synopses give a lot of hope. Yet again, I get disappointed, but I am not surprised. I also have a lot of issues about her feminist character since I really get annoyed with her overacting things and have double standards. Yikes, equality, where? If you're looking for a fast read, this could be for you but don't expect to be amazed or not get triggered at some parts. The girl protagonist is really annoying, as well as the male ...more
Feb 08, 2021 added it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: dnf
dnf @ 20%

i was really excited for this book because the cover is so cute and i used to be obsessed with those wattpad stories where someone called the wrong number and they fell in love over the phone but i just couldn't stand any of the characters. colby had potential but meg was pissing me off to no end. so disappointing!
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 both love and hate when a book makes me feel stuff. Especially when it was stuff I wasn't trying to feel! But regardless of whether I like feelings, it does mean it was clearly a damn good book. So let's talk about why I enjoyed it so much! 

►The relationship just felt so honest. Meg and Colby are so wonderfully flawed, so messy as individuals, and that is just plain rela
Erica (storybookend)
I didn’t realize this story would be so political and feminist. It is in the synopsis, but it was just more prevalent than I expected. Which isn’t necessarily a bad thing, I just don’t care about politics, so when the story delved into that, I grew bored and just couldn’t care.

But the thing that bothered me the most was Meg and Colby’s relationship. I did not like how they always argue. And they’re supposed to fall in love? Since they’re the MCs and the main love interests and all.

Their relation
Sep 09, 2020 rated it really liked it
Makes me want to call my friends despite having phone anxiety so I guess it must have been good xD
Aug 26, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2020-reads
It's been awhile since I've read a YA contemporary book, and I must admit that after being away for so long I had to get myself into the zone to read and appreciate this story. There can be sooooo much angst in these teen dramas. So much angst. Yowza. I get that that sort of goes with the territory when it comes to teenagers, so it takes a talented author to weave through a minefield of angst to create an engaging story without causing too many eye rolls or random shouts of "Get yourself togethe ...more
May 23, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
**Thank you to HarperCollins Canada on Edelweiss for sending me this eARC in exchange for an honest review.**

I enjoyed this book! I liked the premise and the characters and the ideas were really interesting. I think that this was closer to a 3.5 for me, as there were parts that were frustrating. The true testament to how much I enjoyed this book is how quickly I ended up reading it.
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I really liked the characters of Meg and Colby, and that we got to see th
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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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