Title: I Hate Everyone But You
Author(s): Gaby Dunn and Allison Raskin
Publication Date: September 5th, 2017
Series Status: Standalone
# of pages: 342
My rating: 4/5 stars
Dear Best Friend,
I can already tell that I will hate everyone but you.
(that brunette who won’t leave you alone)
We’re still in the same room, you weirdo.
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 received a free copy in exchange for an honest review *
Gaby and Allison are too people who I have watched on Buzzfeed for so long and when they left I watched many of their videos on their new channel, so I was insanely happy to receive an ARC of this book to experience more of the incredible things they create.
I have to say I am kind of surprised by how much I enjoyed this story. One of the main reasons that I think I enjoyed this story so much was that it follows two best friends in the beginning month’s of their freshman year in college. As a college freshman who’s best friend is actually going to a different college I related in so many ways to this story. For that reason, I think that’s why this book was so enjoyable for me, I could see myself and my friend in these characters.
Starting with the characters, I love the stark contrast yet small similarities that we see from our main characters, Gen and Ava. Besides the fact they are going to college on separate sides of the country it was really nice to see two people who have very strong beliefs and even though they don’t always align they were still able to respect and remain friends with each other. Plus did I mention how quickly I loved their overlapping storylines because these characters are insanely funny and relatable so it was hard not to connect with them.
Another thing that added points to this story for me was the way it’s told. I am sucker for untraditional formats and a series of emails and text messages making up the story was something I thoroughly enjoyed. I always manage to get nervous about their being a disconnect this way but the characters shined through the story and made it amazing.
Possibly my only drawback was the plot of the story since it didn’t feel like there was an absolute point to the story. This felt more like a television show like “New Girl” or something where each episode runs into each other but there is no ultimate over arcing plot happening. I was rarely bored while reading but there never felt any build up to the ending really and it was all relatively light hearted in plot.
Overall I would say I really enjoyed this and would highly recommend this story to anyone who wants an entertaining and friendship filled story.