I Hate Everyone but You by Gaby Dunn and Allison Raskin, review by Shelly Walston
For those who are fans of the YouTube channel "Just Between Us," Gaby Dunn and Allison Raskin's novel I Hate Everyone but You is a must-read. Dunn and Raskin re-envision their on-screen personas in Gen and Ava, two friends who spend their first semester apart: one at USC in California, the other at Emerson in Boston, Massachusetts. For those who've never watched "Just Between Us," this novel is the perfect prequel; it's laugh-out-loud with a decent dose of insight to keep the story moving.
Through emails and text messages, Ava and Gen navigate the peculiarities of college life: off-kilter roommates, Stepford-ish Greek life, and game-playing, would-be significant others. For Ava college life isn't as simple as all of the brochures make it look. She's not sure how she fits in, or if she does. Gen, on the other hand, lands at Emerson and embraces "the world is my oyster" mentality: she's a whirlwind of action, reaction, and experiment.
While the primary form of I Hate Everyone but You is dialogue through email and texts, Dunn and Raskin manage to develop Ava and Gen fully. The two college freshmen are real, fleshed-out, and thoughtful. As Ava grapples with Gen's new lifestyle, the reader can see who these two are and why they're so drawn to one another as BFFs: they're each the yen to the other's yang.
When you've finished reading I Hate Everyone but You in one sitting, don't be glum because the story's ended. Go visit your favorite characters at their YouTube channel, "Just Between Us". You'll continue laughing.