I Hate Everyone but You

I hate everyone but youDear 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?



BEAUTIFUL…the one word I would use to describe I Hate Everyone but You by Gaby Dunn and Allison Raskin.  The characters are beautiful, the writing is beautiful, the plot is beautiful!

This is a coming of age story that deals with friendship, sexuality, depression, family, empowerment, and so much more.  The story traces the lives of two best friends as they experience their first year of college in different parts of the nation.  Gen fleeing the family nest as quickly as possible and landing in Boston and Ava staying closer to home and going to college in California.  Although they are “worlds apart” they maintain their friendship through emails and text messages.

The characters are quirky and real.  I laughed and I cried as I read this novel!  Turmoil and angst drive this novel as the girls write to each other for advice and to share their experiences, some good and some really bad.

I must say I struggled a little bit at first with the text message portions of the writing.  I am not a big fan of using acronyms while texting (age gap) and am willing to admit that there were quite a few that I did not figure out by the end of the book.  My lack of text messaging genius, however, did not disrupt the flow of reading due to the email portions.  Once I got into this book, I was hooked.

This book is a definite must read.  It reminds me so much of the 90’s movie , Reality Bites.  The quick wit and intelligent conversations between the two friends were masterfully written.  I loved, loved, loved this book!

5/5 stars



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