You Say It First
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 ...more
TO SAY I AM ENRAGED WOULD BE A MOTHERTRUCKING UNDERSTATEMENT.
AND TO THINK THAT I WAS ON SUCH A GREAT STREAK THIS MONTH WITH NOT READING (too) SHITTY BOOKS.
I BLAME THE CUTESY CONTEMPORARY COVERS FOR WHY A HUNDRED OF THESE SORT OF BOOKS ARE ON MY TBR AND WHY I PREDICTABLY FALL FOR THEM TIME AND TIME AGAIN.
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?
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 ...more
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, ...more
Oh, and EDELWEISS CAME THROUGH FOR ME AND APPROVED ME FOR A COPY OF THIS YEE-HAW!!! ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
CW: (view spoiler)[MC finds his father's body. Father hung himself in the garage. Mother is an alcoholic after divorce. Anxiety. Classism (hide 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 ...more
I loved the character development in this book. The story between Meg and Colby was lovely and so comfortable ❤️
I loved it!
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 ...more
This book is far from what I ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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! ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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.
(Trigger warning list included at the end)
I really liked the characters of Meg and Colby, and that we got to see th ...more
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, ...more