I Hate Everyone But You by Gaby Dunn and Allison Raskin was released on 9/5/2017. I pre-ordered it on 8/16/2017 and … you guessed it … I never read it. It’s what I do.
Anyway, recently Audible had the audiobook on sale for $2.95 (sale’s over). I bought it.
This is rare. I DO NOT usually buy the same book more than once unless its part of some sort of bundle. I’m too
cheap broke. Point is I bought it (AGAIN) and it was worth it!
Ava and Gen have been best friends since freshman year of high school. Recently separated by choosing different colleges. The entire book is told through a series of emails and texts between them.
Ava stays close to home deciding to attend USC. Gen moves across the country to attend Emerson College. At college, Ava struggles with incorporating her new life with her ever-present mental illnesses, while Gen struggles with finding herself and her sexuality.
I loved this book. I really did. Listened to the entire thing in two days. Could have been done in half a day, but I was only listening to it during work.
Things I loved:
The entire book is told through messages, adding a sense of mystery and suspense, especially towards the end.
The handling of mental illness. Ava’s honesty of her ‘short-comings’ is absolutely endearing. She broke my heart so many times. Mostly from relating to her struggles a bit too much.
The handling of LGBTQ subjects – both how Gen deals with identifying as Queer, as well as Ava’s naivete regarding the subject.
Things I hated:
It made me cry (quite a feat BTW). Especially at the end. This sucked as I was listening at work.
It was too short . . . 5 hours and 23 minutes. Not sure how they could’ve made it longer, though.
This book reminded me of my relationship with my best friend (watup Gene?!?) in so many ways – the good, the bad, and the ugly.
If you know anything about me, I’m sure you can guess which of the two friends I related to most. Ha-ha!
Gen and Ava’s personalities and circumstances resemble the authors, Gaby and Allison (Gallison, if you’re nasty – get the reference? no?), so much that it makes me think the events may have actually happened to them IRL.
Notes on Audio Book:
I don’t normally like it when the author narrates their own book, however, I found it endearing that they chose to.
Perhaps, since I was already familiar with both Gaby Dunn and Allison Raskin, I didn’t find their voices jarring.
Possible? I think so.
However, I did enjoy these two real-life best friends, play pretend best friends. Their chemistry is undeniable. It’s easy to tell why they’re best friends, despite their differences.
I Hate Everyone But You by Gaby Dunn and Allison Raskin
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 of them document every wild and awkward moment to each other. But as each changes and grows into her new life, will their friendship be able to survive the distance?
In conclusion, read this book! Or listen to it. You don’t have to buy two copies . . . unless you really want to. I don’t judge.
Until next time!
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