Top Ten Review

“It occurred to her to wonder if this was what growing up meant, to continuously find yourself in situations that you didn’t feel remotely prepared to handle.”


Ryan McCullough and Gabby Hart are the unlikeliest of best friends. Prickly, anxious Gabby would rather do literally anything than go to a party. Ultra-popular Ryan is a hockey star who can get any girl he wants—and frequently does. But somehow their relationship just works; from dorky Monopoly nights to rowdy house parties to the top ten lists they make about everything under the sun. Now, on the night of high school graduation, everything is suddenly changing—in their lives, and in their relationship. As they try to figure out what they mean to each other and where to go from here, they make a final top ten list: this time, counting down the top ten moments of their friendship.

4.5 out of 5 stars

This wasn’t my favorite Cotugno book, but it was still very good! It was very heartfelt and showed a huge glimps into how anxiety affects not only an individual, but relationships and social settings as well.

Gabby struggles with social anxiety throughout the book, and this book really emphasizes how that affects her friendship with Ryan, her romantic relationship, and even her relationship with her siblings.

Not only did it touch on anxiety, but concussions and the long term and prolonged effects of them. Also the stubbornness and denial of an athlete who doesn’t want to sit out of some games. But it touches on the seriousness of concussions and how it affects ones mood, vision, and many other aspects.

I was not a huge fan of how the timeline went back and forth. One section would be from freshman year, then to junior, then jump back to sophomore. Top Ten also had a very unexpected ending, but one that I can most definitely appreciate! Overall, it touches on great subjects and shows the great friendship between a guy and girl!

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