August 23, 2017

Review: I Hate Everyone But You by Gaby Dunn and Allison Raskin

Collaborative feature with Alexa since Nov 2013. We read ARCs together and post our reviews on the same date.

 I Hate Everyone But You
by Gaby Dunn and Allison Raskin
pub 9/5/17 by Wednesday Books
Young Adult - Contemporary
Received ARC from pub for review
Plot • Ava and Gen are two best friends heading off to start college on opposite sides of the country. We see how they navigate their freshmen year and the changes in their friendship through a series of constant texts and emails between the two.

Characters • Ava and Gen couldn't be any more different and from the onset, it was hard to understand why these two were even friends. But I do believe the saying "opposites attract" carries some weight and as the story went on, I could see how they balanced out each other at times. But for the majority of the book I just couldn't truly connect to their friendship or to either of the girls as individuals. That was probably the most difficult for me. At the end of the day I didn't really enjoy either girl's perspective.

Writing • I'm always a bit torn on narration that's completely made up for letters or in this case text/emails but I was surprised to find myself enjoying the format a lot. It made me laugh at times and their daily communication was a good insight into their relationship. But sometimes the writing was also just too heavy-handed (calling out your own YouTube channels?) and too millennial for me.

Overall feelings • I really wanted to enjoy this because it came recommended by a friend but it just wasn't for me.

What's your preferred way to communicate with friends?
 • I rely on gchat and text/messenger to talk to friends on a regular basis!

1 comment:

  1. It's the same for me! I would have really liked this one, but the characters threw me off :(

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