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Product Details

  • Spiral-bound: 112 pages
  • Publisher: Adams Media; Spi edition (January 15, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1440527547
  • ISBN-13: 978-1440527548
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.8 x 7.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,029,777 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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."
--Technorati/Blog Critics

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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You will read it and re-read and re-re-read it in one sitting.
Tim
The title of this book alone just sounded like so much fun that I had to read it.
Romancing the Book
What makes this book really funny is that it is completely absurd.
Naida M.

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Wendy L. Hines VINE VOICE on March 4, 2012
Format: Spiral-bound
I Hate You, Kelly Donahue is written in a journal format. Mark talks about all of the ways he wants to kill Kelly Donahue, a co-worker. From a fight to the death to leaving her cupcakes so she dies from obesity, Mark is obsessed with getting rid of her. He draws diagrams of how the fight will go down, and is gleeful with his inventive ideas. When Kelly asks him out on a date, he is shocked. Does he go and consort with the enemy or does he turn her down? If he turns her down, she might be onto him. If he goes, he can turn it into his direction, plotting with the whole family involved. Hilarious! With great illustrations, ticket stubs, to-do lists and the roller coaster of one man's search for love and the demise of Kelly Donahue, this journal like book is full of laughter and imagination!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Tim on December 19, 2011
Format: Spiral-bound
You've made a thing I wish I could've made. And I'm directing my latent self-hate at you. I hope you're feeling it right now. (If you're literally feeling a pain somewhere in your body though, get it checked. I don't have telepathic powers, so it's probably cancer.)

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.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Romancing the Book on July 27, 2013
Format: Spiral-bound
The title of this book alone just sounded like so much fun that I had to read it. When the book arrived, the cover looked like a scribbled on journal (i.e., one of my notebooks from high school). The inside looked the same. Rather than using Times New Roman (or whatever) font, the pages looked hand-written. And the first page started out with the "author" starting a new job, seeing Kelly Donahue, and determining he wanted to fight her to the death. There is no reason given. Just page after page of ideas of ways the fight might transpire: pointy pencil to the eye, tiger attack, obesity (which, after all, is the #1 cause of death in the United States).

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
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Justin Gignac on January 18, 2012
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This book is a fast read with a lot of real life LOL's. I read it in one night and already want to read it again.
Filled with hilarious writing and pictures, probably the most fun I've had reading a book ever.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By JerryH on December 28, 2011
Format: Spiral-bound
There are very few things out there that are as well written and well crafted as this book. From the binding to the illustrations to the legal copy on the inside of the front cover...every page finds a hilarious way to build up your own hatred for Kelly Donahue and love for Mark Svartz.

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.
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Format: Spiral-bound
I Hate You, Kelly Donahue: DO NOT OPEN! Nothing to See Here, Just Boring Stuff and Empty Pages is the ultimate little hater book. I was in the mood for something light and funny, and this book was perfect. I read it in one sitting, while giggling plenty of course.

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.

"Kelly Donahue
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.
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