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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, 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, who gets under her skin from the moment he picks up the phone. Colby is stuck in a rut, reeling from a family tragedy and working a dead-end job—unsure what his future holds, or if he even cares. The last thing he has time for is some privileged rich girl preaching the sanctity of the political process. So he says the worst thing he can think of and hangs up. But things don’t end there.… That night on the phone winds up being the first in a series of candid, sometimes heated, always surprising conversations that lead to a long-distance friendship and then—slowly—to something more. Across state lines and phone lines, Meg and Colby form a once-in-a-lifetime connection. But in the end, are they just too different to make it work? You Say It First is a propulsive, layered novel about how sometimes the person who has the least in common with us can be the one who changes us most.


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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, 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, who gets under her skin from the moment he picks up the phone. Colby is stuck in a rut, reeling from a family tragedy and working a dead-end job—unsure what his future holds, or if he even cares. The last thing he has time for is some privileged rich girl preaching the sanctity of the political process. So he says the worst thing he can think of and hangs up. But things don’t end there.… That night on the phone winds up being the first in a series of candid, sometimes heated, always surprising conversations that lead to a long-distance friendship and then—slowly—to something more. Across state lines and phone lines, Meg and Colby form a once-in-a-lifetime connection. But in the end, are they just too different to make it work? You Say It First is a propulsive, layered novel about how sometimes the person who has the least in common with us can be the one who changes us most.

30 review for You Say It First

  1. 4 out of 5

    Lacey

    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 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 like her only because she's hot or what? Maybe it's just me, but I'd much rather he not think the woman is the hottest thing since burnt sliced bread at first and instead grow more attracted to her as his feelings for her grow, which I think is more true to life, at least in my (albeit limited) experience. The second thing I appreciated about this book was that the guy was the virgin and the girl was the more experienced partner. It was a refreshing reversal of the normal roles. #feminism, etc.

  2. 4 out of 5

    menna

    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 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 very repetitive very fast and they both have no development as characters or as a couple until the very end of the book. secondly, all i could think through out the whole book was how annoying the characters were? if i started to list all the things the characters did that annoyed me we'd be here all day. There were some cute parts though that i enjoyed, other than that it really didn't do it for me.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Alexa

    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.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Grace

    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, 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, at least over their long-distance phone calls, and eventually, found love. 3.5 stars!

  5. 5 out of 5

    Cassie

    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. Oh, and EDELWEISS CAME THROUGH FOR ME AND APPROVED ME FOR A COPY OF THIS YEE-HAW!!! 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. Oh, and EDELWEISS CAME THROUGH FOR ME AND APPROVED ME FOR A COPY OF THIS YEE-HAW!!!

  6. 4 out of 5

    Antonia

    “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 “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 definitely not my last one. I don't know what I was expecting from this but it certainly wasn't that. I thought it would be more like a "Yes No Maybe So" kinda vibe but it was sooo much better. The writing style was the perfect ya contemporary style for me personally and I flew through it, reading 200 pages at once without even realizing it. And I loved the story even more than the writing! Meg, our female protagonist, might be my favorite character ever. She reminded me SO much of myself in her political activism and her fierceness about what she thought was right but also how that made her snobby sometimes. And the way her romance with Colby, someone completely different to her was written?? Groundbreaking. Spectacular. Magnificent. Colby was challenging her, in that he had a different background and therefore different views (which is so realistic and important!) without ever being too republican or ignorant for her (or the reader) to forgive him. What I loved most about their love story was the from texting to a long distance relationship element. Why do such few authors write about this?? It's 2020 and like the most realistic form of young adults getting together if we're being honest. And it didn't take ANYTHING away from the story either. I loved loved loved this book, i love how it was cute and sometimes painfully relatable (that parent storyline from Meg hit a liiiittle too close to home) and challenging and just overall an amazing time! I will never shut up about it. Honestly if only one person reads this now because of me, this rambling review was absolutely worth it.

  7. 4 out of 5

    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 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 to be because there's hardly anything in it. And if you were excited about this book because of the aspect of politics, then sorry, it will disappoint you. YSIF was a weird one for me. For one thing, the writing seemed a bit off. It had a lot of flowery metaphors that borderline didn't make sense or seemed pretentious and it came off chunky a lot of the times. I can't say that I really understand the relationship that developed between Meg and Colby as every time they talk, their differences in opinions seem to get in the way, and they end up having screaming matches over the phone or across from each other. Colby is prejudice against Meg because he thinks she came from a spectacular upbringing with supportive parents and money to spare. While Meg, never really looks down at Colby except for a few parts but Colby becomes very protective of himself and his upbringing to the point that his arguments always circle back to their different financial backgrounds. It gets very old, very quick. These two incompatible characters meet when Meg calls Colby to ask him if he registered to vote in the upcoming election. It is there where their relationship begins. Through endless phone calls in the middle of the night and through text, this couple learns more and more about each other. I did appreciate the characters and their backgrounds. Meg's parents have recently gone through a divorce that has left her life upended and in pieces. She's trying her best to look normal in front of everyone even though she secretly is scared of losing her best friend and that her mother is actually an alcoholic. Colby's life seems like he has it worse after his father committed suicide when he was younger. He's dealing with grief, his older brother being a jerk, and the possibility of living in the small town he grew up in with no plans to ever move up and onwards. One thing that really annoyed me was Meg's best friend. She's a jerk. If you read this book, you'll know why. She has no redeeming qualities. Goodbye. MY RECOMMENDATION Read this if you're interested in an angsty YA romance.

  8. 5 out of 5

    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! 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!

  9. 5 out of 5

    Claude's Bookzone

    2.5 Stars 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 2.5 Stars 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 it just wasn't what I was expecting. I found the self-sabotage storyline a bit frustrating but I understand that their past and present trauma is the cause of this. I just didn't feel that there really was a romantic connection between Meg and Colby. It was more of a 'co-dependent you make me feel better' type connection. This is not a bad type of storyline but seriously, the cover mislead me people! My rating however, is not based on my feelings of cover betrayal. It just didn't quite come together for me as a YA realistic novel either.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Rida Quraishi

    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!

  11. 4 out of 5

    Emma

    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 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 were resolved way too quickly and easily for my taste. This was my first Katie Cotugno's book and I've always heard pretty good things about her. I must say I didn't particularly enjoy her writing in this novel, but I hope to read something else by her in the future and change my mind about this aspect.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Floor Flawless

    DNF after 30% Not my kind of romance book somehow.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Fatirah Murtaza

    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 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 preconceived. There is still some cute stuff that makes me feel giddy but overall, it is so realistic that I just couldn’t disagree with the author’s intention because it is what happens in a real-life and it is better to stay in that way. I’d say this story is the perfect example for ‘say no to toxic relationships.’ And I’m happy with that in spite of receiving a massive let-down in return because this book has its own strong points that make me feel attached to it. You Say It First focuses on family, friendships, political issues(voting), dealing with the loss of a loved one, overcoming and embracing insecurities, and the disparities between two complex people who’re tied to a long-distance-relationship. This book is pretty heavy, at some points I feel sympathy for the lead characters and their family because of what they’ve gone through. The level of angst in this book if I were to measure it inside a small cup, metaphorically speaking, it’ll be overflowed by the time you finish reading it. It’s up to everyone’s view and taste whether angsty read is a good thing or not. Paradoxically for me, it pulls me onto the track of reality and I’m okay with it. Would I still recommend this book? Yes, I’d recommend this to those who want to challenge themselves and volunteer to be suffered and stare at the ceiling at 3.a.m. right after finishing it. If you’re not one of them, skip it. - 3/5 ⭐ CW// suicide, suicidal signs, sexism

  14. 4 out of 5

    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 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 last half of the book. i loved colby from the start, and their relationship was really fun to read about! the ending was super cute, too 🥺 this was my first cotugno book, but i think i might try to pick another one of her books up in the future!

  15. 4 out of 5

    Jennifer

    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 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 Colby (both 18 years old). Meg lives in a suburb of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Colby lives in Ohio. Since the two teens live in different states I was a bit confused as to how they would even meet or have any type of relationship. I guess that is why the cover shows them on their cellphones. Meg is a high school senior who likes politics and who is obsessed with getting people to vote (she works at a voter registration call center). She is planning to go to college the next year with her best friend. Colby is much more rough around the edges. He lives in a much poorer neighborhood. He does not have a lot of money. But works full-time. It took me a while to like either narrator. They were both fine. But the 3rd person POVs made me feel slightly detached from them both. For readers expecting a fairy-tale story where they meet and fall in love ... well this isn't that at all. They fight and they each have a lot of issues to deal with at home. I think that a lot of teens will be able to relate to so many of the issues discussed in this book. And that is amazing. This book is very difficult for me to rate. There were parts that were cute and romantic. But this book deals with such difficult topics. It was just really not what I was expecting at all. Thanks to edelweiss and Balzer + Bray for allowing me to read this book.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Camryn

    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 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 authors writing characters who are white that I can still see myself in, if that makes sense. I understood Meg and felt her and same with Colby. This just felt like such a balm. I loved it.

  17. 5 out of 5

    lazybookconqueror

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. I loved Colby and Meg's characters. They are so different and struggling with so many real problems and somehow they can connect in a beautiful way and help eachother improve and grow. However, the ending was such a let down. It feels like it's missing an entire chapter. Colby never opened to Meg, never came clean about his dad and his nightmares, never explained to her what happened on the day of hers dad's wedding. It SO frustrating. Of course it's implied that they had this talk, but after eve I loved Colby and Meg's characters. They are so different and struggling with so many real problems and somehow they can connect in a beautiful way and help eachother improve and grow. However, the ending was such a let down. It feels like it's missing an entire chapter. Colby never opened to Meg, never came clean about his dad and his nightmares, never explained to her what happened on the day of hers dad's wedding. It SO frustrating. Of course it's implied that they had this talk, but after everything to just end the book like that felt extremely lazy.

  18. 5 out of 5

    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 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 friendship that might be something more. This entire book is based around the world's most annoying and uninteresting relationship ever. I never found myself rooting for either of them, and at one point I was just begging that they DIDN'T get together because they were just so awful together. They argued all the time about the same things, were super fucking judgmental to each other about EVERYTHING, and they literally did not mesh at all. This book tried to sell me so hard that they were cute together and actually right for each other and I'm not buying it. (Jokes on me I already bought this REEEE.) What do they even have? They liked talking on the phone together about all their lives and that was it. There was no chemistry. There was no reason why these two people should ever have been together because it just does not work. Even thinking back now all I can think of is their stupid fights that happened SO much oh my god you do not have to date someone you don't like, for fucks sake. These characters were so stereotypical and it was so cheesy. Meg is the classic overachiever who can't decide if she actually wants to go to the ivy league school she got in (with a surprise alcoholic mother!) meanwhile Colby is the classic cautionary tale working a shitty job with no future plans. Until Meg gets in there and just like, unfucks his shit because that's what relationships are for right? They both have friends and family who are one dimensional and I'm just bored. So I hated Meg and Colby together, and then I also hated them individually. Meg literally drives 8 hours to meet her phone buddy and then gets mad that her best friend is like wtf. Colby is just as annoying but with a case of fuckboy who is salty that Meg's life is different. Meanwhile Meg ofc judges the hell out of his life and friends. A match made in heaven!! The phonebanking is really just a one-off too. This book tries so hard to deal with more serious topics like alcoholism and suicide but like... it was so bad I'm cringing. There was no place for it besides to be extra. Thanks for the cute cover I guess but there are no good vibes here.

  19. 5 out of 5

    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 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 two challenge each other and are honest with each other in ways they're not with the other people in their lives, because sometimes talking to someone without expectations is easier. The romance is sweet but does have two personalities that often butt heads, but are not afraid to listen to someone who challenges their point of view. Overall, You Say It First is a quick read with great characters and development. I don't think you'll be disappointed. I received a copy of the book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

  20. 5 out of 5

    ATheReader

    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 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 thought their development throughout the story was interesting and enjoyable to read about. (I also really loved how they met, although I don't think I will become a telemarketer or answer one on the phone anytime soon.) The book could have some unnecessarily long sentences and repetitive phrases but I enjoyed it nonetheless. CW: An alcoholic parent, divorced parents, mentions/short description of a parent who died from s*icide, mentions of sexual intercourse, kissing, underage drinking, and a fight. Oh and POLITICS. (Not listed in a particular order)

  21. 5 out of 5

    Lisa

    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 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 voice their opinions openly, I loved seeing Meg’s journey. Deep conversations are my JAM, and this romance was so much fun to follow. A stellar opposites attract contemporary!

  22. 5 out of 5

    Irmak ☾

    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. 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.

  23. 4 out of 5

    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 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 one.

  24. 5 out of 5

    ella

    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! 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!

  25. 5 out of 5

    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 4.5* 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 You can find the full review and all the fancy and/or randomness that accompanies it at It Starts at Midnight 4.5* 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 relatable. Then, they bring their messy selves into this relationship, and they actually have to like, choose whether they want to make it work. Obviously they have great chemistry and such, but in a relationship like this, where they live hundreds of miles apart, and have no prior connection, it would be easy to give up. Sometimes, each of them wants to because it gets hard sometimes to be open and work at something. And that is just real as anything. ►Both characters grow a lot during the book. One of the elements of this book that I loved the most is that both characters had to work through their own crap. It wasn't like "oh look they found each other and everything is perfect", no. It was more that they needed to grow as individuals before there would even be a chance for them to work as a couple. ►Voting! Meg volunteers for an organization that registers people from all over the country to vote over the phone. This of course is how Meg meets Colby, which the synopsis tells you. But more than that, there is a ton of great discussion on why it is so important to vote! ►The characters each have their own strong relationships outside the romance. Family and friendships play a huge role in both of their stories, which is as it should be. They had to navigate growing and changing friendships, and how family dynamics change over time. It was great to love each character in their own "home world" as well as when their worlds collide. ►There were feels. Which I said, and sometimes it is rude when books make you think about stuff that you don't want to think about, and hit you right the heck in the feels. Which this one did. But how can I be mad when it felt so honest? Alas, I cannot. Bottom Line:  It's a feel-good story that still somehow feels incredibly realistic and relatable. Basically, a huge win.

  26. 4 out of 5

    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 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 relationship begins with a fight. Which isn’t bad. I love the enemies to lovers trope, and those always begin with the two characters fighting or hating each other. And the two were complete strangers, so it didn’t bother me that the first phone call ended poorly for them. But the problem is that they’re always fighting. Every conversation they have ends in a fight. How can someone have a relationship they hope to last if they’re always fighting? Theirs is the kind of relationship that will be very short, or it will last a little longer but they’ll hate every minute of it because they’re always fighting and not trusting or respecting each other. I don’t understand how they can be having a fight one second, and the next they’re kissing, and then fighting, and then they fall asleep together in a hotel bed, then fighting again, and suddenly they’re boyfriend and girlfriend. (view spoiler)[ When they broke up all I thought was “yes!” But I knew that for the book to have closure and for the story to make sense, they would have to meet again somehow, and probably get back together. Which I really didn’t want to happen. They’re not good together. So the most I can see happening for them is they’ll date for a couple years, maybe, but then they’ll drift apart as that first lust/spark disappears and their relationship grows normal, they’ll grow tired of one another. (hide spoiler)]

  27. 5 out of 5

    Lia

    Makes me want to call my friends despite having phone anxiety so I guess it must have been good xD

  28. 5 out of 5

    Melissa

    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 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 together, sister/dude!" from me as I'm reading. Katie Cotugno almost makes it work. Almost. This is the story of an unlikely romance between a prep school overachiever and a guy who is ... not. Colby isn't really a bad guy or a dangerous guy or a moody guy. He doesn't really have lots going against him as a person other than a family tragedy involving the death of his father. He's a high school grad who is spending his days at a placeholder job and his nights hanging out with his high school buddies doing stupid stuff for the sake of doing stupid stuff. He's not progressing anywhere at all. Meg is a go-getter who is trying to save the world one registered voter at a time. She "meets" Colby when she randomly calls his number from her job as a voter registration volunteer, and he promptly treats her rudely. That should be the end of it, but for some reason Meg calls him back and offers to talk to him, and for some reason he does it. Frankly, this made no sense to me at all, but I was willing to suspend belief and roll with things. Meg and Colby get along swimmingly, if by swimmingly you mean they argue ALL THE TIME. But I guess we are supposed to believe that this arguing is actually them inspiring each other to be their best selves. In a way that is true. Meg is a people pleaser who never says what she thinks. Behind the high intensity student is a girl whose life is a giant mess. Colby never goes for his dreams, keeping himself from progress because of an intense fear of failure. Both Colby and Meg help each other to realize this eventually. But here's the thing ... I never could buy that these two made sense as a couple, and I barely could see them as compatible as good friends. I thought they mostly worked simply because they lived so far away each other. It's easy to be yourself with someone you never have to see. I just never felt like this relationship was going to work, and I couldn't even appreciate the story if you took the romance angle out of it and just focused on the personal growth of each character. I always felt like they didn't make any sense together, and there wasn't enough interaction (particularly in person) to help me feel like they clicked. I also felt like the individual issues that Meg and Colby were facing at home never were truly explored in a way that could make this book feel relevant and satisfying. And also ... to be honest, as I was reading this story I felt like I'd read it before. The super idealistic prep girl who wants to change the world. The cynical man who doesn't buy her schtick. An alcoholic parent. Suicide. Survivor's guilt. Divorce. A new marriage. Hiding your true self from your "good" friends. Ending things because "they'd never work out." Yeah, read it all before. That's not to say that that makes this a bad book. It is obviously a formula that works, and I'm sure there will be many who appreciate it. It just didn't quite hit the spot for me. I liked it well enough, but I just didn't love it. Three stars.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Julie

    **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. (Trigger warning list included at the end) I really liked the characters of Meg and Colby, and that we got to see th **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. (Trigger warning list included at the end) I really liked the characters of Meg and Colby, and that we got to see the story from both of their perspectives. And I love how they initially start talking! That both are going through difficult parts of their lives in different ways, and it kind of brings them together when they can talk to a stranger candidly. There is something so endearing about the idea of being vulnerable with a stranger, and having it turn into something more... I liked the banter that happened between Meg and Colby. How they would challenge each other, but also show this vulnerability that they felt they couldn't show to anyone else in their lives. It gave them someone else to turn to for the things that upset them or made them excited. And it felt realistic that they would have all of these conflicting opinions and life experiences, how they would need to work to understand each other and listen to what the other person thought or had experienced. They help each other through difficult situations, and overall have so many incredibly cute interactions. I will say that I thought there was just a bit too much of the back and forth, the idea of on and off again and again. It seemed liked they kept coming together and apart, together and apart. And it started to seem a bit frustrating instead of realistic and endearing. It got to a point where I just wanted to shout "come on, already!" I think because you kind of have an idea for where the story is going, that it feels like it takes a bit to long to get there at so many parts to it. There were also some scenes that felt slightly unnecessary. All of the scenes with Meg's ex didn't really have a lot to help drive the story - there was a lot to unpack without that being a part of it. And the scene where Colby and his brother fight? It didn't feel needed. You can already tell that it is a tense relationship. I do think that the story dealt with some very heavy topics really well. There were so many things that were intense in this book. I had originally thought that it would be a lighter and fun YA contemporary, but it really packed a punch with all of the serious (and triggering) topics that it covered. I was surprised that it dealt with them so well, even if it did feel like it might have been too many things thrown at the reader to be dealing with between two characters. I think all in all that this was a great read! In some ways I could liken it to the YA version of Colleen Hoover, and it was well paced for the majority of the read. Trigger warnings: Suicide, swearing, alcohol, sex, alcoholism, addiction, depression, sexist jokes, fighting.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Marie

    Trigger warnings: (view spoiler)[mention of past suicide, alcoholism. (hide spoiler)] I loved this so much. I loved the long-distance strangers to friends to more, I loved the characters and their growth, the friendship, the family relationships. I just really liked this book okay. Full review coming soon! My Blog - Drizzle & Hurricane Books - Twitter - Bookstagram - Bloglovin' Trigger warnings: (view spoiler)[mention of past suicide, alcoholism. (hide spoiler)] I loved this so much. I loved the long-distance strangers to friends to more, I loved the characters and their growth, the friendship, the family relationships. I just really liked this book okay. Full review coming soon! My Blog - Drizzle & Hurricane Books - Twitter - Bookstagram - Bloglovin'

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