Contemporary · YA

I Hate Everyone But You by Gaby Dunn & Allison Raskin

I Hate Everyone But You by Gaby Dunn & Allison Riskin

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?

SOURCE:  ARC and finished copy via publisher for review (Thanks!)


I generally as a rule love books that include texting and emails as part of the format because it appeals to the younger side of me and also reads quickly but I think having the entire book in this format didn’t work for me.  While I enjoyed their story as best I could I feel Ava and Gen came off as a little too one-dimensional to me because you didn’t see them in the moment or interacting with people in these situations they are describing.  At one point when they are together I thought we might get a chapter of them actually conversing but it was a no go there as well.

Overall it was enjoyable but lacked background on the characters to me.


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