Monday, September 4, 2017

Pre-Publication Review: I Hate Everyone But You by Gaby Dunn and Allison Raskin - 4 stars

Posted by HelloJennyReviews at 12:57 PM
Title: I Hate Everyone But You
Genre: YA-New Adult aged Contemporary
Author: Gaby Dunn and Allison Raskin
Publisher: Wednesday Books
Publication: September 5th 2017
Cover Rating: 4/5

College is that really important time when most young adults start discovering who they truly are and it is also the time when most relationships are put to the ultimate test. Will you still be bff's with the girl you met in 1st grade? Will you and your significant other break up? Should you break up? Will going to colleges on opposites sides of the US start to fray the friendships that you do want to hold on to? College is a scary time but necessary in the growth process(not college per-say, just the young adult age right after high school when you get your first job and start becoming independent).

Ava and Gen are bff's. They met in high school and became close really fast. They are actually more like sisters because Gen's family is horrible and Ava's family loves Gen. Ave has some really bad anxiety and depression problems and Gen just has problems in general(stemming from her horrible parents). They make a really odd pair but you can tell they both love each other very much. 

When college comes around, both girls end up going to school on opposite sides of the US but they try to remain best friends. This proves to be a very difficult task with the problems and events that arise for both parties. We get to experience the issues both girls have with their new lives and how they are handling the situations. Gen's side of the story is very vulgar while Ava's side of the story is just sad but normal. The author shows us the woes of college life from dating, losing virginity, anxiety, drugs, drinking, socializing and, last but not least, sororities! 

The book is told through two different formats. One is epistolary, meaning told through letters, in this case, that would be emails. The other format is text messages. They go back and forth between the girls so we get to see a lot of perspectives from two very different college/life experiences. The emails are VERY detailed but the text messages are very random and were a little hard to follow at some points but it was still a fun way to read a book.

I loved how the book took place in the first year of college. I think publishers and authors seem to forget Young Adult can mean college age settings. Most people think college age is synonymous with New Adult but it really isn't unless it has a ton of R-rated content. This book was very refreshing in that aspect. I, personally, would love to read more YA books set in college. Yes, there was R-rated content but there was also that air of innocence and newness that comes with younger book characters. 

In the end, things got kind of ugly and rocky and I wasn't sure how it was going to play out. I was sort of satisfied with the outcome but I actually like I would have preferred if Ava would have grown a pair or if Gen would have grown up and stopped making so many excuses for her... extracurricular activities. 

Overall, I gave the book 4/5 stars.

*This book was sent to me, Jenny @ HelloJennyReviews, in exchange for an honest review.


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