I love young adult novels and I don’t read them nearly enough…thank you to the book blogging world for turning me on to I Hate Everyone But You. Just before I sat down to write this I requested Please Send Help (I Hate Everyone But You #2) from my local library…I’ve never been denied a request yet, so fingers crossed they’ll be ordering the next in the series soon!
This was such a fun and unique read! This story is about two best friends who end up in two very different places for college (one stays in their home state of California and the other goes to Massachusetts). We read all about their adventures through e-mails and text messages. It was so much fun and made for a fast read!
This book is really all about finding and identifying yourself in college…one friend decides to go against every fiber in her body and join a sorority to make friends and the other friend decides to dabble in a little bit of drugs and discover her true sexuality. Each friend is there for the other and it felt like I was spying on someone with how real it was.
I didn’t know if I would enjoy the format of the book, but I did! It made it hard to find places to stop…ok, who am I kidding…I read this book in a day while I waited for my husband to come home from helping a friend. I found myself very invested into the lives of Ava and Gen.
This book also tackles the subject of sexuality in a manner so absolutely appropriate. One friend is left a little stunned and speechless (and filled with some inappropriate questions at times) and the other is finally happy to be able to express her sexual freedom. The conversations felt very real and it had no fictional feel to it at all! Amazing!
I wish this book tackled more of Ava’s mental illness. We know and are aware that Ava has some OCD and anxiety issues, but I felt that they were brushed over a little bit. Given the format of the book, it made sense. I just would have liked a little more of that in the book.
Solid 4 star book. If you are looking for a quick, fun, and different read, this is the book for you! It reminded me of my journey across the country to go to college…I just wish I had kept in better contact with my best friend like they did. We did write hand written letters to each other…imagine that! Haha. I hope you pick this one up and enjoy it as much as I did!
Title: I Hate Everyone But You
Author: Gaby Dunn & Allison Raskin
Genre(s): LGBQT, Young Adult, Contemporary, Realistic Fiction
Publisher: Wednesday Books
Release Date: September 5, 2017
Find it here on Goodreads