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?

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Review: Love Letters to Jane’s World

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Title: Love Letters to Jane’s World
Author: Paige Braddock
Genre: Graphic Novel
Publisher: Lion Forge
Source: Publisher via NetGalley
Format: ebook
Release Date: August 21, 2018
Rating: ★★★★

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Goodreads Synopsis:

This essential Jane’s World collection debuts twenty years after Jane Wyatt first appeared in Paige Braddock’s trailblazing comics strip about a young lesbian woman making her clumsy way in the world and the friends who help (or hinder) her along the journey. The Eisner-nominated Jane’s World was the first syndicated comic strip with a lesbian main character to appear in many major newspaper markets. This new volume collects the most quintessentially “Jane” storylines from the strip’s early, middle, and later years, and pairs them with “love letters” and notes of appreciation from notable fans.

Review:

This is a collection of the comics Jane’s World.

Jane is an ordinary girl. She goes through life experiencing every day things, that I think most people can relate to. I don’t think I’ve ever read a graphic novel where the main character steps in gum, but Jane does.

I loved the way the comics broke the fourth wall, and talked about creating the comics. The artists made an appearance in some of the stories. I love this technique because it brings the reader right into the story, by commenting on how it is created.

Another thing I loved about these stories was that being gay was the norm. The majority of the characters were gay. It was a world where being gay was the norm rather than being straight. This was a refreshingly modern take on a romantic story, where the female lead could date any of the women who walked into her life because they were also gay.

I really enjoyed this collection!

What to read next:

  • Jane’s World Collection Volume 1 by Paige Braddock
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  • Jane’s World: The Case of the Mail Order Bride by Paige Braddock
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Have you read Love Letters to Jane’s World? What did you think of it?