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I Hate Everyone But You

(I Hate Everyone But You #1)

3.51  ·  Rating details ·  5,703 ratings  ·  1,254 reviews
Gaby Dunn and Allison Raskin’s I Hate Everyone But You is a hilarious and heartfelt debut novel about new beginnings, love and heartbreak, and ultimately the power of friendship.

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
Hardcover, 344 pages
Published September 5th 2017 by Wednesday Books
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Emma Giordano
Aug 05, 2017 rated it really liked it
4.5 Stars! This was a super-fast paced, light-hearted read. I really had fun with this one! Thanks to St. Martins Press for sending me a review copy!

As someone who has been a fan of Gaby & Allison’s YouTube videos in the past, I think anyone who is a fan would enjoy this book. It felt as if the characters truly embodied the authors – You could tell me these were actual text conversations between Gaby & Allison during their freshman year of college, and I would believe it in a heartbeat. Having s
Sep 09, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I Hate Everyone But You chronicles 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?

Secrets for the Mad 1-- bookspoils
Secrets for the Mad 1-- bookspoils

I'll start off by saying that read
Carol (Bookaria)
I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE this book.

The story was cute but at the same time deals with serious issues such as sexual identity, mental illness, family conflicts, romantic relationships, and substance abuse.

The book has two main characters: Ava and Genevieve. They are best friends and are both starting college in different schools but located in completely different states. Ava stayed in California and Gen moved to the east coast. ​They have very different personalities and you get to know them as you re
Nenia ✨ I yeet my books back and forth ✨ Campbell

Instagram || Twitter || Facebook || Amazon || Pinterest

Edit/9/10/20: Welp, I no longer follow this author on Twitter. I understand that sometimes people make mistakes and that when you have a large platform, the effects of those mistakes are often magnified, but having that large platform also means that you have a TON of responsibility, that people look up to you and model your behavior, that you have to be more careful.

People should not have to hand over a "queer identity card" to write
Well, this is awkward.

Why? Because, sadly, this is a case of "it's totally you, not me." I did my part. I went into this with an open mind, and a good mood. And in return, I received .. disappointment (to say the least) and a sufficiently soured mood (to say the .. most? Is that a thing? Please ignore me. I'm attempting to keep this light, to no avail). Yeah. I'm not happy.

The idea itself is fine, if a bit recycled. It's one of those things that could go (with no doubt) one of two ways: really
April (Aprilius Maximus)
Nov 14, 2017 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2017, dnf
DNF at page 177, but what I read I would give one star.

Here's a quick list of reasons:
1. The best friends constant lack of respect/joking/dismissal of bisexuality. Just, no.
2. The only Transgender character was made into a villain.
3. The casual use of cocaine without any discussion around it was just not my thing. Just, why????
I. Love. Reading other people’s text messages.

I just do. It’s a nosy-but-trendy personality quirk of mine. I love when people send me iMessage screenshots; I love Instagram accounts full of failed booty calls (booty texts? Sounds weird); I love BuzzFeed articles dedicated to text-based butt dials.

I also love books including text messages.

Maybe it’s for the aforementioned previously-maintained-interests-related reasons that reading this book didn’t really feel like reading? I guess that could be
Kelly (and the Book Boar)
This might be the story of how Shelby and I became friends. Must read to confirm . . . .

Fafa's Book Corner
Mini review:


I received an E-ARC via the publisher and Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. I was highly anticipating this book! And I was so happy to get it from Netgalley. Unfortunately it wasn't for me.

At first I was really enjoying it! I was laughing here and there and it was all fun. But then it just became boring. It started to drag. And I lost interest in it. I didn't care for all the stupid drama these girls had.

This was just a me thing. Still recommend.
Carrie (brightbeautifulthings)
I received a free copy of this book through a Goodreads giveaway.

Best friends Ava and Gen are about to be separated for the first time in years when Gen moves across the country for college and Ava stays at her local university. Gen quickly joins the newspaper staff and begins experimenting with drugs, alcohol, guys, and girls. Ava is majoring in film and tries to join a sorority to help her make friends while struggling with her mental illness in a new environment. Told through text messages an
DNF on page 211

I was quite excited about this book. I loved the cover and the synopsis and sort of figured it was going to be one of those books that I go back to when I needed a pick me up...and it was not even close.

First off, I loved the format. I loved the emails and texts. It was a fun way to meet the girls and by not getting inside their heads, we're getting exactly what the other was reading.

Unfortunately, I didn't care for Ava or Gen. They didn't sound too different to me. Most of the
Sep 18, 2017 rated it it was ok
Shelves: read-in-2017
I don't want to rate this yet because I honestly don't know how I feel. The first half of the book was fun and kept me interested and then it went downhill l. The friendship between these two girls seemed so toxic and I just don't understand it. Maybe a rating a review to come? ...more
Oct 21, 2017 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2017-releases
I'm so relieved I'm finally done with this book!
I was tempted to DNF the hell out of it several times, I didn't do it because a) the book is rather easy to read and short, b) I wanted to see this train wreck in its entirety.

I Hate Everyone But You is the most exhausting book I've recently read. One might hope that a book written by two individuals would be better, because twice a chance to notice offensive lines and problems in your book? But nope.

I'm struggling to find good things to say abou
I received this book for free from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. This in no way affected my opinion of the book, or the content of my review.


So I'm starting a new thing where I do a stock image review before any review. So here are all my feeling about this book:

So. Now that the ice is broken, let's do dis.

'I Hate Everyone But You' by Allison Raskin and Gaby Dunn is the story of Ava and Gen, two childhood best friends who maintain their relationship via texts and E-Mai
Sherwood Smith
Novels have been around a long time, but didn't get kicked into mass popularity until Richardson was hired to write a novel and hit upon the epistolary narration for his mega-hit Pamela.

What rocketed Pamela into popularity all over Europe was not just the gimmick--that has been around--but the characters. Richardson gave all the letter writers distinctive voices, quirks, and goals. The letters are often quite funny, but the problem of a girl gone into service at a man's home where he holds all t
Danielle (Life of a Literary Nerd)
2.5 Stars
"Everyone always talks about the effort you have to put into a romantic relationship or a marriage, but why would a friendship be any different?"

I wanted to like this more than I did. I was all here for the format (I love stories told in emails and texts). I LOVED the clear love you can see between Ava and Gen from the beginning. And I loved the great conversational humor we get from both characters. Unfortunately, the beginning was the best part for me and it slowly went do
Erin *Help I’m Reading and I Can’t Get Up*
4.5 stars. There was a lag about 4/5 of the way through, which cost it a .5 star for me, but otherwise, spectacular.

Here's what's so great about this book:
- Funny. Like, really, really funny.
- Between the jokes, it deals with REAL DAMN ISSUES. Addiction, mental illness, self-harm, spiraling friends. But it doesn't jump the shark in terms of squishing in every possible college freshman disaster. It's balanced and deals with these issues sensitively, borderline educationally, and v v realisticall
Aug 07, 2017 rated it liked it
3.5 Stars

I was given a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

Thank you NetGalley and St. Martin's Press for the advanced reading copy of I Hate Everyone But You by Gaby Dunn and Allison Raskin. I can't wait to start this book. Gaby Dunn and Allison Raskin are YouTubers. I have not seen anything of theirs but after reading this book I would like to.

This book is about two best friends Ava and Gen. They went to high school together and this novel takes place over their time apart att
Camile Souza (This Chamber of Books)
“You are so brave and so strong that sometimes I forget someone like me can hurt you. But you need to remember that you can hurt me too.”

I received an ARC of this book from Netgalley, and these are my thoughts about it

This book tells the story of two best friends who have been together for years, but that are now leaving for different colleges. They communicate through texts and emails to let each other know how life is going, and talk about their new experiences and insecurities now
This was a fast, fluffy, addictive read about teen girl friendship that was refreshing in its willingness to let the characters make mistakes and not be perfect. It's also an interesting boundary straddler between YA and NA. It didn't have the emotional complexity or depth I really wanted, but I'm not sure if it was really going for that anyway? It was really fun, especially as it was often witty and quite funny. The format (it's told in emails and text messages) also makes it easy to read and a ...more
Sep 25, 2017 rated it it was ok
If you want to write a memoir, just write a memoir... I would have enjoyed that! I would have gushed over it. This... this I will not.

Allison Raskin and Gaby Dunn chose to write a text/email-based semi-autobiographical book for their first foray into fiction, I Hate Everyone But You. Which isn't bad in and of itself if you lean a little heavy on the "semi" in "semi-autobiographical", but, when your characters have the same first initials, virtually the same personalities, go to the same damn c
Aug 31, 2017 rated it it was ok
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Oct 19, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc
ARC provided via Netgalley.
Thank you good people and God bless you!

Describing this book using only one word: fun
("Annoying" as a description word is a runner up.)

What I loved about this one:
• format
• humor
• versatility
• Ava! (She was fun little loyal cutie pie, loved her part of the story, cluelessness, mistakes and vibe in general. Would take her as a best friend in a second!)

What I hated:
• Gen

Before I say anything else, let me state I've pretty much grew up within LGBT community...and what I
Taylor Knight
Oct 28, 2017 rated it really liked it
I bought this book solely because the title reminded me so strongly of my best friend and I. I'm not normally a fan of books with a text/email writing format but it worked so well for this book and I think Gaby and Allison did a great job writing in this style.
I didn't really relate to the characters in the way I was hoping I would but I definitely related to the workings of their friendship. My best friend and I are long distance so the struggles the characters went through of being so far awa
alice (arctic books)
This one wasn't bad! I watch Gaby and Allison on their channel Just Between Us quite frequently, so if you watch their videos, you'll find that Gen and Ava are l i t e r a l l y them. This is a very character-driven story, so I think that if you don't really like their personalities, then I'm not sure you would really like this. I found that their respective characters really mirrored their own experiences, especially in terms of Gen's experimentation with her sexuality and Ava's OCD and mental ...more
Apr 30, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: lgbt
*This book was sent to me by Wednesday Books in exchange for an honest review*

I don't even know how to start this review other than saying that Gaby and Allison are great storytellers. I have to admit that I have been a fan of theirs for years, so I thought I would love this book. But, when I received it I was nervous to find out it was all written in both emails and text messages, but I ended up really loving the format they chose. It allowed for a very quick read, and made me feel as though I
Lisa Wolf
Jul 25, 2019 rated it really liked it
I went at this story a little bit backwards -- this is book #1 of 2, but I read #2 first (reviewed here). Oh well. It still works! In this first book, we meet Ava and Gen, two best friends embarking on their freshman year of college on opposites sides of the country. The story is told through their emails and texts, which really capture their personalities and their quirky friendship. It's light and sunny, but also contains moments of self-discovery, pain, and challenge, as the two characters d ...more
Kate Olson
Aug 31, 2017 rated it really liked it
Funny and heartfelt look at a college long- distance friendship between 2 high school BFFs told through texts and emails. The discussions about sexuality, mental health, dating and sex were honest and the friendship struggles are relatable to anyone who had tried to maintain a friendship cross-country. Recommended for mature teens and college+.
Sep 05, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: netgalley
I love epistolary novels, there’s something really addictive about them, I think it’s because I feel like I’m getting an up close and personal look into someone’s life because letters/emails/texts are so personal. The format of this worked well for me, it’s all emails and texts between two eighteen year old best friends who are starting their freshman year of college at different schools. These two are polar opposites each dealing with their own issues and I found it to be a really timely read t ...more
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