Thursday, May 11, 2017

I Hate Everyone Except You - Memoir Review

I Hate Everyone, Except You by Clinton Kelly

Rating: Very Good
Source: Library

Description: Bestselling author and television host Clinton Kelly pens a hilariously candid, deliciously snarky collection of essays about his journey from awkward kid to slightly-less-awkward adult.
Clinton Kelly is probably best known for teaching women how to make their butts look smaller. But in I Hate Everyone, Except You, he reveals some heretofore-unknown secrets about himself, like that he’s a finicky connoisseur of 1980s pornography, a disillusioned critic of New Jersey’s premier water parks, and perhaps the world’s least enthused high-school commencement speaker.

Whether he’s throwing his baby sister in the air to jumpstart her cheerleading career or heroically rescuing his best friend from death by mud bath, Clinton leaps life’s social hurdles with aplomb. With his signature wit, he shares his unique ability to navigate the stickiest of situations, like deciding whether it’s acceptable to eat chicken wings with a fork on live television (spoiler: it’s not). Clinton delves into all these topics—and many more—in this thoroughly unabashedly frank and uproarious collection.

Genre: Nonfiction - Memoir

Why I Picked This Book:  I've been a fan of Clinton Kelly ever since I saw him on What Not to Wear and when I heard he had a book out I knew I had to read it.  When I saw it on an endcap at the library it seemed like a sign!

My Impression:  I feel like I've "known" Clinton Kelly for years from What Not to Wear and The Chew but since he's always part of an ensemble cast I've never really spent much "time" with just him. That alone made this an interesting read.  

It's a collection of essays on no chronological time line though each reveal a little bit more about Kelly.  I did expect more about What Not to Wear or life on The Chew but the snippets I got I fully enjoyed.  I especially appreciated a comment he made regarding the interview process for What Not to Wear which involved watching old episodes and being horrified with how mean they were to the contestants.  One thing I really appreciate is that while Clinton Kelly can be snarky with the best of them he never comes off as mean spirited which is one of the reasons why I've always really enjoyed watching him.  He also confirmed a suspicion I've had about Paula Deen for awhile which was fun.

This was entertaining, hilarious, and incredibly quick read.  I loved how snarky and at times brutally honest he is though that same snarkiness and honesty could make this book feel a bit much if read in one sitting.  If you've enjoyed watching Clinton Kelly over the years this is definitely not a book to miss!

Would I Read More of this Series/Author?:  Absolutely!  I love Clinton Kelly even more now!

Would I Recommend this Book?: If you're a fan of Clinton Kelly you must read this book!  If you're unfamiliar with him go watch some episodes of The Chew and What Not to Wear and then go get this book!


  1. I love What Not To Wear! This sounds good and I do like snarky. Great review and thanks for sharing this Katherine.

  2. YES!! Agree with everything. I loved him on What Not to Wear ad when I catch him on The Chew. He is snarky but never seems mean which the book confirmed. Loved the Paula Deen story!!! Great review!

  3. This book sounds pretty funny. Great review!

  4. I love Clinton Kelly! I was a huge fan of What Not to Wear. I'm so glad you loved this. I need to add it to my TBR.

  5. I'm not familiar with Clinton Kelly, but what a great title!

  6. Love this title! And sounds like a fun memoir- and it's nice he doesn't get mean spirited.

  7. I'm surprised he hasn't gotten out a book before. I love his and Stacy's show. I feel I could use some fashion advice sometimes.

  8. I had idea who this was until you mentioned What Not To Wear and I was all OMG yes, I love I am seriously bad with names.

  9. I need this book! Thanks for sharing your thoughts. :)

  10. I used to LOVE What not to wear. Such a great show, never got into the Chew, I like him but not everyone else on the show lol. Glad you enjoyed this! :) Great review!

  11. I don't really read memoirs but there is something about Clinton Kelly that make me want this book in my life. Loved What Not To Wear largely because of him. Great review!

  12. Uh, yes! Thanks for bringing this to my attention. I really want to read it. :)