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 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’m in serious love with this book. That’s all I can really say right now because I’m a river of tears but I know it’s not good enough for a review so cue the scrambled words.
I Hate Everyone But You is the emailing and texting back and forth of Ava and Gen, two best friends who have recently been separated by going to college, Gen going to Emerson and Ava going to USC they find themselves on different sides of the country but still keeping their friendship tight as they discover the adventure that college is… or at least try to… maybe out of sight does mean out of mind?
Oh my freaking goodness, this book is amazing. Ava and Gen are really freaking funny and relatable, they’re 2017 teenagers which just makes this book very… millennial. The book is just a compilation of e-mails and texts which means you can’t really get into the character’s mind, what you see is what you get which I found surprisingly enlivening and that makes this book a personal pick-me-up. It also mentions mental health a lot, but not in a heavy way, but also not dismissing it and making it less or like it’s not important, it’s more of a “it happened, it’s a thing, we go to therapy and take care of each other” which was so so nice!
Ava Helmer is, hands down, my favorite character. She’s so funny and defensive and I just relate to her a lot and she’s anxious and awkward and a little clingy which is so me. She feels real, to me, Gaby and Allison made her the epitome of an anxious girl when it comes to liking boys and not knowing how to handle it. It’s perfect.
To sum up, this book is truly amazing, I recommend it to pretty much anyone and everyone. I’d never been drawn to “youtuber books” but this one is a true keeper. It portrays friendship, support, college, coming out and relationships very nicely. It’s a very light read, something I see myself going back to every now and then. It’s also very funny, I found myself quietly laughing at the library which made the guy beside me think I was nuts, but oh well, this book was worth it. The tears though… goodness… It just hit me right in the heart, it was fine and out of nowhere it pulled on my heartstrings and I couldn’t take it, definitely one of my favorite books of all time.