I Hate Everyone But You Blog Tour: Review + Giveaway

I Hate Everyone But You by Gaby Dunn & Allison Raskin

Release Date: September 5, 2017
Publisher: Wednesday Books
Rated: YA 14+
Format: Hardcover
Source: Publisher
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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 wanted to read this one for several reasons. The first was the cute cover. I'm a sucker for simple, adorable covers, so check! this one fit the bill. Second reason? The title. It definitely piqued my interest, so I had to check out what it was about, which leads to my third reason: the little excerpt in the blurb. I LOVE the epistolary format–primarily because it's super easy and quick to read, but also it's a nice break from the usual prose. So yeah, I knew that I couldn't be disappointed by this one. And I'm glad I wasn't! I also only found out that two of my fave (former) Buzzfeed peeps wrote this book when I got a hardcover in the mail and saw the author picture (cue my jaw dropping). I haven't actually watched their YouTube channel, but I'm sure it's as great as they were when they were on Buzzfeed's videos. 

I'm pretty sure that the two characters in this book are based off of the two authors because from what videos I have seen of the both of them, Ava and Gen's characters are parallels to real-life Gaby and Allison (also sneaky sneaky with having characters with the same letters!). I really appreciated how different the two girls were–one was definitely a lot more outgoing while the other struggled a little more to fit in. You could totally see how the collaboration between these two authors worked, and I was super into it. It was also a bit of an interesting situation, as both of these girls just finished high school and are off to college! Normally at this point the book would be labelled NA, because it borders on more mature topics at university-settings, but this had a very YA-feel to it, so I'm one happy reader at this point, because I got to read about girls dealing with the same stuff as I did without feeling like I was crossing over into New Adult territory, which I normally stay away from (nothing against the category...it just isn't for me!).

The format, as I mentioned before, was pretty easy to read, because it mirrors our way of communicating with others today. Even though I rarely use email to talk to my friends, I appreciated the variation in format within the emails–we got some "articles" from Gen and "scenes" from Ava–as well as the IMs. It was really cute and moving to see these two characters deal with their struggles while also trying to keep in touch when they're both on different sides of the country. What my only problem is that we didn't get much of **minor spoiler** the events that happens when Ava goes to Boston for Thanksgiving, which was a bit difficult to piece together in the aftermath.

I clearly need to try more books by YouTubers because I Hate Everyone But You was so charming! I loved Dunn and Raskin's voices in their debut novel, and I sure as hell hope they write another one together because I enjoyed this collaboration. Refreshing, funny and full of pop culture references, I devoured this book in one go and was left wanting more.

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Allison Raskin & Gaby Dunn are two best friends who live in Los Angeles. They started the comedy YouTube channel Just Between Us in 2014 and have since then spent far too much time together. Gaby’s journalism has appeared in pretty much every major publication and Allison has written some really funny group texts with her family. They hope to die within one hour of each other so neither has to plan a funeral. I Hate Everyone But You is their debut novel.

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Thank you so much to Meghan at Wednesday Books // St. Martin's Press for having me on the blog tour, and to Brittani at St. Martin's Press for sending me a copy for review!

1 comment:

  1. Yeah! I am excited about this one. I love books in epistolary format too and the title reminded me of something I might say. My co-blogger got me a copy of this at BEA, and she said the authors were so funny, and it was cute what they wrote in my book too. Great review!


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