Review: I Hate Everyone, Except You by Clinton Kelly

29430846I Hate Everyone, Except You
Author: Clinton Kelly
Publication Date: January 10, 2017
Publisher: Gallery Books
Genre: Memoir, Humor
Note: I received an ARC from Gallery Books via NetGalley in exchange for an unbiased review.

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ☆


Bestselling author and beloved television personality Clinton Kelly pens a hilariously intimate collection of essays about his often-embarrassing journey from awkward kid to slightly less awkward adult.

Clinton Kelly isn’t just an enduring television host. In I Hate Everyone, Except You, Clinton Kelly is a finicky connoisseur of 1980s pornography, a disillusioned critic of New Jersey’s premier water parks, and perhaps the world’s most foul-mouthed high-school graduation speaker.

Whether he’s fantasizing about strangers in airports, throwing his baby sister in the air to jumpstart her cheerleading career, or rescuing his best friend from death by mud bath, Clinton leaps life’s social hurdles with enviable aplomb. He shares his unique ability to navigate the stickiest of situations, from finding true love in a crowded gay bar to auditioning for sliced turkey commercials. Clinton delves into all these topics—and many more—in this thoroughly hilarious, unabashedly frank collection that will upend expectations and leave you snorting Chardonnay out your nose.

When I saw I Hate Everyone, Except You was available for request on NetGalley, I knew I had to read it. I was/am a huge fan of What Not to Wear. I religiously watched every re-run and new episode when I was on maternity leave. I secretly wanted to be on that show and have Clinton Kelly and Stacy London transform my wardrobe. I was so sad when it ended. So I was excited to read I Hate Everyone, Except You and learn more about its co-host, Clinton Kelly.

From the minute I started reading I Hate Everyone, Except You I was hooked. Clinton Kelly’s narrative is exactly what I expected it to be. He was witty, funny and didn’t hold back. He shared some life experiences I don’t think I would have shared. Mr. Kelly was so candid that I felt like I was right there with him through it all. It was a lovely, if not somewhat embarrassing journey. I especially enjoyed the parts about his family, childhood friends and meeting his husband.

The only thing that I felt I Hate Everyone, Except You was missing was a common thread to unite all of the chapters. It might have been as simple as putting them in chronological order instead of randomly dispersed throughout the book. That would have helped his stories feel a little less disjointed.

Overall, I Hate Everyone, Except You was a really fun read. I got to see a side to Clinton Kelly I had never seen before on T.V. and learn more about his history. I also got to laugh a lot. If you like a funny celebrity memoir, this one is for you.

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