Review: I Hate Everyone But You

Title: I Hate Everyone But You
Author: Gaby Dunn and Allison Raskin
Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary, LGBTQ
Publisher: Wednesday Books
Source: Library
Format: Ebook
Release Date: September 5, 2017
Rating: ★★★★★

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Goodreads Synopsis:

Gaby Dunn and Allison Raskin’s I Hate Everyone But You is a hilarious and heartfelt debut novel about new beginnings, love and heartbreak, and ultimately the power of friendship.

Dear Best Friend,
I can already tell that I will hate everyone but you.
Sincerely, 
Ava Helmer
(that brunette who won’t leave you alone)

We’re still in the same room, you weirdo.
Stop crying.
G


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 of them document every wild and awkward moment to each other. But as each changes and grows into her new life, will their friendship be able to survive the distance?

Review:

I loved this book! It made me laugh so many times. It was a rough week, so this book made me feel a lot better.

Ava and Gen reminded me of my best friend and I. Ava is more conservative like me, while Gen is more outgoing like my friend. We definitely aren’t as funny as these two girls though!

I really liked the gender diversity in the story. Gen comes out as queer while she is at college. She makes a few friends who have a variety gender identities. Meanwhile, Ava can’t understand any of it. She made insensitive comments because she didn’t know any better. I loved how Ava represented how many people think, and Gen was able to point out the problems with her comments.

I loved this book and I can’t wait to read the next one!

What to read next:

The Summer of Jordi Perez by Amy Spalding

Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell

Have you read I Hate Everyone But You? What did you think of it?

It’s Monday, What Are You Reading? – March 18

This blog meme is hosted by Book Date. It is a place to meet up and share what you have been, are and about to be reading over the week.  It’s a great post to organize yourself. It’s an opportunity to visit and comment, and er… add to that ever growing TBR pile!

What I just finished:

This weekend I finished I Hate Everyone But You by Gaby Dunn and Allison Raskin.

What I’m currently reading:

I’m currently reading Killing November by Adriana Mather.

What I’m reading next:

Next I will be reading The Perfect Girlfriend by Karen Hamilton.

What are you guys reading this week? Have you read any of these books?

Jill’s Weekly Wrap-Up – March 17

Here are my reviews for the week with my ratings:

I did 9 weekly blogging memes:

How was your week? What did you guys read?

Sundays in Bed With… I Hate Everyone But You

The meme that dares to ask what book has been in your bed this morning? Come share what book you’ve spent time curled up reading in bed, or which book you wish you had time to read today! This meme is hosted by Midnight Book Girl.

This Sunday I’m reading I Hate Everyone But You by Gaby Dunn and Allison Raskin.

Goodreads Synopsis:

Gaby Dunn and Allison Raskin’s I Hate Everyone But You is a hilarious and heartfelt debut novel about new beginnings, love and heartbreak, and ultimately the power of friendship.

Dear Best Friend,
I can already tell that I will hate everyone but you.
Sincerely, 
Ava Helmer
(that brunette who won’t leave you alone)

We’re still in the same room, you weirdo.
Stop crying.
G


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 of them document every wild and awkward moment to each other. But as each changes and grows into her new life, will their friendship be able to survive the distance?

What book are you in bed with today?

Six for Sunday – Bookish Couples

This meme is hosted by Steph at A little but a lot. The weekly prompts for 2019 can be found here.

This week’s prompt is Bookish Couples. Here is a list of my favourite couples from books:

1. Ron and Hermione (Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows by J.K. Rowling)

2. Suze and Jesse (Remembrance by Meg Cabot)

3. Scarlet and Wolf (Scarlet by Marissa Meyer)

4. Lara Jean and Peter (To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han)

5. Mara and Noah (The Retribution of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin)

6. Claire and Jamie (Outlander by Diana Gabaldon)

Did you write a #SixforSunday post? What was your list of Bookish Couples?

Review: Queenie

Title: Queenie
Author: Candice Carty-Williams
Genre: Fiction, Romance
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
Source: Publisher via NetGalley
Format: Ebook
Release Date: March 19, 2019
Rating: ★★★★★

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Goodreads Synopsis:

Bridget Jones’s Diary meets Americanah in this disarmingly honest, boldly political, and truly inclusive novel that will speak to anyone who has gone looking for love and found something very different in its place.

Queenie Jenkins is a 25-year-old Jamaican British woman living in London, straddling two cultures and slotting neatly into neither. She works at a national newspaper, where she’s constantly forced to compare herself to her white middle class peers. After a messy break up from her long-term white boyfriend, Queenie seeks comfort in all the wrong places…including several hazardous men who do a good job of occupying brain space and a bad job of affirming self-worth.

As Queenie careens from one questionable decision to another, she finds herself wondering, “What are you doing? Why are you doing it? Who do you want to be?”—all of the questions today’s woman must face in a world trying to answer them for her.

With “fresh and honest” (Jojo Moyes) prose, Queenie is a remarkably relatable exploration of what it means to be a modern woman searching for meaning in today’s world. 

Review:

This is a modern romantic comedy.

Queenie is a British woman who works for a newspaper in London. She is of Jamaican descent. Her storyline reminded me of Bridget Jones’s Diary, because of the way she has to balance her work with her romantic life. However, there were some serious issues in the story.

I really liked the way realistic issues were addressed in the story. Queenie got a little carried away with dating multiple men after her serious relationship ended. She ended up at health clinics a few times because of these encounters. I appreciated that she had to deal with the consequences of her actions, unlike many characters in romance stories.

The story wasn’t all serious. There were some funny parts as well. Queenie refers to her friends in their group chat as the “Corgis” because they support their queen. There were also some funny situations with Queenie’s grandparents. Though there were a lot of serious parts of the story, I enjoyed the light humour as well.

I really enjoyed this story! It’s a refreshingly modern take on a romantic comedy.

What to read next:

Bridget Jones’s Diary by Helen Fielding

Pride by Ibi Zoboi

Have you read Queenie? What did you think of it?

Stacking the Shelves – March 16


This is a weekly meme hosted by Tynga’s Reviews and Reading Reality. Stacking The Shelves is all about sharing the books you are adding to your shelves, may it be physical or virtual. This means you can include books you buy in physical store or online, books you borrow from friends or the library, review books, gifts and of course ebooks!

I got another bunch of books this week! It’s going to be a great spring and summer for new releases!

I received seven books from Penguin Random House Canada:

Killing November by Adriana Mather

We Are the Perfect Girl by Ariel Kaplan

Eve of Man by Giovanna and Tom Fletcher

Wilder Girls by Rory Power

Spin the Dawn by Elizabeth Lim

My Ideal Boyfriend is a Croissant by Laura Dockrill

The Importance of Being Wilde at Heart by R. Zamora Linmark

I was approved for a book from St. Martin’s Press on NetGalley:

Please Send Help by Gaby Dunn and Allison Raskin

I was approved for two books from Simon and Schuster on NetGalley:

Order of the Majestic by Matt Myklusch

Lizzie by Dawn Ius

I was approved for a book from Text Publishing on NetGalley:

The Rosie Result (Don Tillman #3) by Graeme Simsion

Thank you Penguin Random House Canada, St. Martin’s Press, Simon and Schuster, and Text Publishing for these books!

What books did you get this week?