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Product Details

  • Paperback: 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: #1,006,129 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: Paperback
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 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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Tim on December 19, 2011
Format: Paperback
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: Paperback
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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By JerryH on December 28, 2011
Format: Paperback
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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By Scott K on January 22, 2013
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A disclaimer: The author and I went to college together. We shared a few classes in our first years, then went our separate ways. While I considered Mark a friend those many years ago, I have no consideration for his feelings today. So I will be blunt and honest about his book, incorporating my own thoughts, and those of my wife (which supercede mine).

I'm a Very Serious Person. I read Very Serious Books about Very Serious Subjects. In the same lot where I bought this book, I also bought Team of Rivals, about the Lincoln presidency. I don't normally spend my money on frivolities and toilet humor.

With my credentials as a Very Serious Person, I can say without reservation that this book rocks! A funny, light read that takes you inside the cartoon mind of a typical guy who wants to kill his co-worker for no discernible reason. The book is in the style of a hand-written journal with papers "taped" to pages showing the casual effort taken with putting this book together. The reality is that this book was clearly many months and many hours in the making. It is a work of incredible creativity and humor. I'm sure somewhere in there is a message about relationships and justifying a bad breakup. But I was laughing too hard to figure it out.

If you want to take a break from being a Very Serious Person, or find out what the guy in the next cubicle is REALLY thinking, check out "I Hate You, Kelly Donahue."

My only criticism... I didn't want it to end. I wanted to see how Mark physically killed the next girl physically until she was dead.

Looking forward to more publications by Mr. Svartz in the future! Mazel Tov!
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