ARC Review : Please Send Help by Gaby Dunn & Allison Raskin

Please Send Help || Gaby Dunn & Allison Raskin
(I Hate Everyone but You #2)

  Published by | Wednesday Books on July 16, 2019

  Genres | Young Adult + Contemporary

  Rating | ( 5 / 5 )

Sequel to "I Hate Everyone but You", Ava and Gen are starting their lives as adults. Ava, diagnosed with general anxiety disorder, has based herself in glowing New York, navigating through her confusing feelings towards her roommate Dana (who turned out to be a guy! Talk about miscommunication!) and her complicated relationship with a work colleague. Gen is baking away at a small paper in Florida, now living in bad hawaiian shirts and khaki shorts. Her big breakthrough is only minutes away, and hopefully Coralee will soon warm up to her advances, I mean, she doesn’t seem to upset with having to pretend to be Gen’s girlfriend, so why not IRL? These two friends have kept in touch, but what they tell each other might turn out to be a lot more….

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Okay, let me leave you out of suspense…. Five stars! I am absolutely in LOVE with Please Send Help! I read I Hate Everyone But You from the public library a year or so ago, and when I saw this title on Netgalley, I knew that I had to request this book before I chickened out and convinced myself I wouldn’t get it! My favourite characters are back, baby, and they have even more of life’s hurdles thrown at them than before!

Let’s start with their relationship! In any novel, there is some point where you go “what? But that’s so unrealistic!?” Well, not here, folks! Ava and Gen remind me too much of myself, and my friend Beth, I’ll leave you to figure out who is who, though. I mean, I’m definitely not the one that overthinks while Beth is telling me to just chillax and live my life, and to be young while I can. Pfft. I felt that Ava and Gen have matured as characters, but not so much that I have lost who they were from IHEBU. Their relationship has stayed so true to what I remember, and can I say realistic one more time?

I am still surprised by the fact that I can be so totally invested in a story and two (and more) characters by a set of emails and texts? IOn theory, the writing would get boring and monotonous but I just felt that the book was so easy to read, and entertaining! I found that the emails and texts gave me more insight to characters than dialogue would. Especially because it is easier to A) Ignore people B) Say things to them and C) Lie when you don’t have to see them.

If it’s not obvious already, you need to go read this book, and make sure that you don’t skip "I Hate Everyone but You" in the process! The characters and relationships and writing style and levels of realistic interactions were all executed so well! I will be rereading this in the very near future!

- Emma

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  1. I hadn't heard of this novel before nor the previous one. I love when a story, especially a friendship, can be so realistic!
    Genesis @ Whispering Chapters

    1. Yes, I really enjoyed it!
      If anything, I think that this book was able to show a friendship more realistically because I could relate myself to it !
      Thank you :)

  2. I'm so glad you loved this book especially as it is a sequel to a book you loved and sometimes they can be disappointing. It definitely sounds like an interesting read and it is always good when you can relate to the characters and it is written realistically. It sounds like a good book, I will have to check it out one day.
    Great review!!

    1. Yes, it was very very good! Sequels can be disappointing but i loved this one so much! please do, I highly recommend it!


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