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? (Goodreads)
Firstly, let me just say how much I love the cover of this one! Katie Cotugno’s books always have the most adorable covers and you can’t help but want to get your hands on them! So thank you to HarperCollins Canada for making that happen! Top Ten is narrated by the two main characters Gabby and Ryan. I loved that while the story was based around their friendship they both had their own journeys and issues to overcome. Both characters were interesting and I found them to be relatable characters. They were flawed and it made for a much more realistic read.
The structure of the story is a little unconventional but somehow I found that it really worked in this case. The progression of the characters, particularly Ryan, was great to see unfold. I think the only real issue with the story is the lack of growth with Gabby. I felt like this was only the beginning of her story.
This isn’t your typical run-of-the- mill YA Contemporary Romance which I found really refreshing. Sometimes I find a lot of the books considered YA don’t really reflect that age group well but in this case I think it was done phenomenally well. It tackled a lot of tough issues that one faces while going through high school.
Overall, I found this to be one of the best YA’s I’ve read this year. It was unconventional and creative and I found that completely refreshing! I think anyone who has ever had a best friend of the opposite sex will be able to relate to this story as the same question always seems to stand. Can a boy and a girl really be best friends and nothing more?