Review + Giveaway: I Hate Everyone But You by Gaby Dunn & Allison Raskin

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I Hate Everyone But You_Jacket CoverI Hate Everyone But You by Gaby Dunn & Allison Raskin

To be published September 5, 2017, by Wednesday Books.

YA > Contemporary, Realistic Fiction


 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 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?

I Hate Everyone But You, the debut novel by two emerging major talents in YA, Allison Raskin and Gaby Dunn, is a story about new beginnings, love and heartbreak, and ultimately about the power of friendship.

Special thanks to the publisher and NetGalley for providing me with an eARC of the book for review, and inviting me to be a part of the blog tour!

Laugh out loud funny, and hilariously relatable, I Hate Everyone But You depicts friendship, college, and life through today’s top methods of communication: text and email. Tackling all the topics imaginable, from love, sexuality, school, and mental illness, this book is incredibly relevant while remaining lighthearted.

I really enjoyed the format of the story being told through only texts and emails. Unlike many books that include snippets of both, this book relies only on threads sent between the two friends. Because of this, we don’t get a huge backstory for either character, except for what they talk about with each other. Yet somehow, it’s easy to see the love between Ava and Gen, and their lengthy friendship.

The only thing that bothered me was that the story was a bit slow moving and stagnant. While I loved just how real the communication between the girls felt, there wasn’t much of a driving plot. It was literally like reading my daily texts with my friend, not always too exciting! However, this didn’t bother me to a huge extent.

Being in college myself, I felt that I couldn’t have read this book at a better time in my life. While I may not be an Ava or a Gen, I saw parts of their characters in me and the people I know. I saw parts of their friendship in my own.

Witty and fun, I Hate Everyone But You is a must-read for college students or those hoping to relive the — crazy, unbelievable, special, BEST — years of their lives.

Purchase a Copy:

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Gaby Dunn, Allison Raskin_credit Robin Roemer Low Res.jpgAbout the Authors:

Allison Raskin & Gaby Dunn are two best friends who live in Los Angeles. They started the comedy YouTube channel Just Between Us in 2014 and have since then spent far too much time together. Gaby’s journalism has appeared in pretty much every major publication and Allison has written some really funny group texts with her family. They hope to die within one hour of each other so neither has to plan a funeral. I Hate Everyone But You is their debut novel.


I had such fun reading and being a part of this blog tour! I hope you check this one out when it releases on September 5th!

18 thoughts on “Review + Giveaway: I Hate Everyone But You by Gaby Dunn & Allison Raskin

  1. I once read a book that was mostly written in emails and I didn’t really like it, but your review makes me wanna read this book and give the email/texting style a chance !

  2. OMG I am a part of the blog tour too! 😂 BTW I loved this book so much! The format was so good plus it was pretty relatable!

  3. This book got me curious. I literally just came across it on Goodreads today and have been looking at reviews. Some didn’t like it that much but I still want to give it a try!

    1. I’ve seen a lot of mixed things about it as well. I definitely see where a lot of the reviewers are coming from – it’s difficult to connect with characters when we don’t know much of their backstory. Yet, it was a really fun and enjoyable book for me! I hope you like it!

  4. This seems like a cutesy (or not?) novel!! But I also think it has important issues in it. Thanks for the review and the giveaway!

  5. I totally agree with you! Part of the intrigue is that both of these characters are sending texts to each other, and while they don’t have the most interesting text and emails all the time, it is totally relatable and fast-paced. If this book had been written in any other format it probably wouldn’t have been as entertaining or fast-paced as it was.

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