I Hate Everyone But You – Review

I Hate Everyone But You – Review

I Hate Everyone But You - Review cover Authors: Gaby Dunn & Allison Raskin

Published: September 5, 2017

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Dear Best Friend,
I can already tell that I will hate everyone but you.
Ava Helmer
(that brunette who won’t leave you alone)

We’re still in the same room, you weirdo.
Stop crying.

So begins a series of texts and emails sent between two best friends, Ava and Gen, as they head off to their first semesters of college on opposite sides of the country. From first loves to weird roommates, heartbreak, self-discovery, coming out and mental health, the two best friends will document every moment to each other. But as each changes and grows into her new life, will their friendship be able to survive the distance?

I Hate Everyone But You – Review

This is the most diverse book I’ve read all year. I really need to start reading more diverse books.

Anyway… I really wanted to love this book. I think mostly just because it has an abundance of diversity. Diversity isn’t something I normally read, as I’m sure y’all know.

I Hate Everyone But You appealed to me because of the text and email format. Y’all know I’m a sucker for books like that.

But I had a hard time with this one. I couldn’t relate to Ava or Gen. Their personalities were so different, so it was interesting to see how they were friends. Opposites do attract and all that! Haha. Ava seemed like she was a little off-the-wall type and Gen was more of a loose-morals-I’m-lost type. Don’t get me wrong, I definitely liked Gen more than Ava, but being in neither of their positions, I just can’t relate to them. 

One thing I didn’t like is how the plot didn’t really go anywhere, other than focusing on their friendship. I liked seeing the college experience, but it didn’t appear often. It was mostly banter between the two, and their separate issues, without having a clear end in sight. Sure, they had bumps in their friendship, but it wasn’t anything to write home about. Towards the end, I totally felt more sympathy for Gen because of reasons. But it just didn’t have a goal it was moving towards.

I loved how it provided insight into the ignorance that can appear in the LGBTQ community. Unless you experience it, you will have questions. The best way to combat the ignorance is awareness.

Overall, I definitely have mixed feelings about this book. There were aspects of this book I completely loved, but I couldn’t really click with either of the characters. That was somewhat of a let down for me.

*I voluntarily read an advanced reader copy, provided by NetGalley.

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