November 21, 2017

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I Hate Everyone But You by Gaby Dunn & Allison Raskin | SLJ Review

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redstarDUNN, Gaby & Allison Raskin. I Hate Everyone But You. 352p. Wednesday Bks. Sept. 2017. Tr $18.99. ISBN 9781250129321.

Gr 10 Up –This contemporary coming-of-age story of two friends on opposite shores explores difficult topics in a relatable tone. Ava and Gen are best friends whose relationship defines the maxim that opposites attract. Ava, the perfectionist, joins a sorority because she thinks that’s what college students should do. She struggles with balancing her social life, anxiety, and class load. Gen is studying journalism and places herself in the thick of things by writing a controversial article as soon as she joins the school paper. She is queer and proud of it, but finds that her relationship with one of her teachers complicates matters. Narrated via texts and emails between the two main characters, this book will appeal to a wide range of teens. Ava and Gen wrestle with mental health issues, relationships, alcohol and drug use, and other typical aspects of college life. The text’s light, conversational style allows readers to explore tough topics without getting bogged down. The character focus in this story takes the place of a compelling plot; however, fans of the authors’ YouTube channels will find themselves turning pages quickly. Give to fans of Robin Talley’s What We Left Behind or Rainbow Rowell’s FangirlVERDICT A first purchase for all libraries serving older teens.–Jenni Frencham, Columbus Public Library, WI

This review was published in the School Library Journal August 2017 issue.

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