I Hate Everyone But You by Gaby Dunn & Allison Raskin

Thank you to the amazing team at Allen and Unwin for sending me two copies of this book, I actually won one on Facebook (I never thought I’d win haha) and then was sent a review copy as well. So I’m giving one away on my social media!


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?

Make sure to check out Gaby and Allison’s YouTube channel, Just Between Us. And check out my Twitter and Instagram to win a copy of this book!


I loved that this book was about the first (I want to say term) semester of (uni) college. I think we need more YA books about this period of life, the after high school transition is so strange.

Gen and Ava are best friends who have moved to different colleges and have to figure out the long distance friendship. Lots of people just assume that your high school friends won’t be your friends once you graduate, so I loved reading this kind of story. One where the high school friends work on their friendship because they want to stay in each other’s lives.

I also really enjoyed the different way that these two characters grew and changed during the course of the book. They both took risks, made mistakes and helped each other through it all. There were romantic problems, family issues to deal with as well as actual school work dilemmas.

On top of all that, the book and story was so much fun! The characters are engaging, and you can feel their friendship jumping off the pages. The format is great and fast to read, all emails and text messages. I just love a good epistolary novel!

For your next fun yet real young adult read, look no further then I Hate Everyone But You. 


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