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I Hate You, Kelly Donahue Spiral-bound – January 15, 2012
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"In this quippy, feverish love story in reverse, adman Svartz finds an incredible number of permutations within in limited premise and keeps his copy fresh throughout. This detailed replication of a personal journal may prove that revenge is best served droll."
--Time Out New York
"Mark Svartz's I Hate You, Kelly Donahue is surely like no other book I have ever read in my whole life. Svartz's book will be remembered for a long time. I give Svartz a lot of credit for writing a book in a new format. It is a brutally raw and honest account of one male's struggle with love. So, fasten your seat belt and get ready for a wonderful journey."
About the Author
Mark Svartz is an author, artist, and award-winning advertising creative. Like most kids who were born and raised in Brooklyn, his lifelong dream was to write a book called "I Hate You, Kelly Donahue". Amazingly, he is the only one who succeeded. The others are all failures.
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Top Customer Reviews
Jealousy aside, this vitriol-filled faux-journal is the best book I've ever read recently. I'm guessing it took me about an hour to finish, but it felt more like 20 minutes. Maybe 22. You will read it and re-read and re-re-read it in one sitting. I would say it's engrossing, but I'm not going to use such a pretentious word. Let's call it bewitching.
We all have or have had someone in our lives we've hated or at the very least disliked, and probably for a valid reason. What makes IHYKD so great is that we're captivated by this elusive reason the whole time. It's the carrot on the stick, and I love carrots. If you want to dig even deeper (you do), I think IHYKD is about the maelstrom of emotions one can feel when they set a goal, take the path towards that goal, then hit some unpredictable turns and potholes along the way. It's upsetting when a clear goal and plan becomes muddled. Maybe IHYKD is about adapting, letting yourself change your mind. Or maybe it's just a very sick, funny, engrossing book that shouldn't be analyzed.
You will enjoy this. I would say buy it. Or purchase it. You can use a credit card. After you buy it, read it. You will smile the whole time. I did because I take medication, but I'm pretty sure it will also do so naturally.
I love you I Hate You, Kelly Donahue.
There's not a lot I can say about this book without giving away something. It is, however, one of those books where I was sure I knew how it would end. I was wrong. The ending was completely different and surprising and a laugh-out-loud moment. (And, no, I'm not going to tell you what I thought would happen).
I don't often put an actor's face into the face of a book character, but I can so see Michael Cera (Arrested Development, Nick and Nora's Fabulous Playlist, Juno) playing the lead role of Mark Svartz should they ever make this book into a movie. And I think they should.
This was a first-write for Svartz and he did a bang-up job of it. The journal is witty, well-written and has character. The "taped in" images are a creative touch as are the doodling's of Kelly Donahue's death. I can't wait to see what he comes up with next and I highly recommend this book as a quick read (took me about an hour) if you're looking for something to amuse yourself. Or if you hate Kelly Donahue.
Review by Marissa
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Review Originally Posted @ Romancing the Book
Filled with hilarious writing and pictures, probably the most fun I've had reading a book ever.
Return the Gap sweater your Mom bought you and use the cash to get this for yourself.
Then keep it on your coffee table. Unless you have kids. It's not safe for them.
Looking forward to your next book.
This book is written in diary form, complete with sketches and photos, almost like a scrapbook. It all begins on January 7th, 2011 when author Mark Svartz starts working at a new job. He meets a co-worker named Kelly Donahue in the elevator and instantly dislikes her.
His journal chronicles most of his days over the next eight months as he shares his hatred of Kelly. He shares his plans for 'fighting her to the death' as well as other ways of getting 'rid of her'.
Okay, so while Mark Svartz seemed kind of obsessed with hating Kelly Donahue, I still found this book very amusing. I could definitely relate to disliking that annoying co-worker as I think most of us can, not as much as Mark of course.
What makes this book really funny is that it is completely absurd. He gives Kelly a red velvet cupcake in hopes of making her overweight since obesity is the #1 killer in the U.S.
Mark had me cracking up as he devised different ways to get rid of Kelly. He even wrote up a haiku for her tombstone.
Will no longer bother us.
Someone pass the chips."
I liked that this book actually in handwritten form, it gave it a nice touch. I felt like I was reading Mark's diary.
I Hate You, Kelly Donahue: DO NOT OPEN! Nothing to See Here, Just Boring Stuff and Empty Pages is the perfect read if you are looking for something quirky and different.
*I will mention there is foul language as well as x-rated drawings in this book, I know some readers don't enjoy that. On the other hand, other readers will be very intrigued to know that tidbit :P
I received my copy of this book for review online, and this is my honest opinion.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
A disclaimer: The author and I went to college together. We shared a few classes in our first years, then went our separate ways. Read morePublished on January 22, 2013 by Scott K
the order came fast and in well shape but the book isnt that good the humor just isnt funny because the auther i feel tried too hard to make a joke.Published on December 10, 2012 by Mary Beth Fagle
We all have had a "Kelly Donahue" in our lives at one point or another. This book is written in a journal-like format, with Mark Svartz speaking almost directly to the reader. Read morePublished on March 26, 2012 by Amazon Customer
Mark hates Kelly Donahue. He is going to fight her to the death. and kill her. physically. This journal contains his research, data, death plans, and detailed drawings (well, or... Read morePublished on March 9, 2012 by Haley Mathiot
Smart, funny books should be celebrated a little more. You know, with parades and balloons and endless bags of confetti falling from the sky. Read morePublished on January 17, 2012 by md
This book is unlike anything else I've ever read. It pays homage to all the crazy, sometimes sick fantasies we all secretly have about our coworkers but would never admit out loud. Read morePublished on January 17, 2012 by Stumblesalot
This book is HILARIOUS. I've already purchased 4 copies of it. It's perfect to give as a gift to anyone who wants a laugh.