I Hate Everyone, Except You

I Hate Everyone, Except You

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, l...

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Title:I Hate Everyone, Except You
Author:Clinton Kelly
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ISBN:1476776938
Edition Language:English
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:240 pages

I Hate Everyone, Except You Reviews

  • Taryn Pierson
    Jan 22, 2017

    Most people know Clinton Kelly from What Not to Wear, the TLC show in which he and Stacy London got many a suburban mom into darker, more streamlined jeans. I have watched my fair share of that show, but when I really started to like Clinton as more than a snarky self-appointed fashion expert was when I was a stay-at-home foster parent. The Chew came on in my kitchen every weekday at noon, and it was like a life preserver thrown out onto a tumultuous ocean of disposable diapers and those Gerber

    Most people know Clinton Kelly from What Not to Wear, the TLC show in which he and Stacy London got many a suburban mom into darker, more streamlined jeans. I have watched my fair share of that show, but when I really started to like Clinton as more than a snarky self-appointed fashion expert was when I was a stay-at-home foster parent. The Chew came on in my kitchen every weekday at noon, and it was like a life preserver thrown out onto a tumultuous ocean of disposable diapers and those Gerber puff things that taste like nothing and stick to everything. Clinton on The Chew seemed mellow, approachable, fun--and he’d even teach you crafts!

    The Clinton in this recent memoir is sort of an average of the two Clintons we’ve seen on TV. He’s occasionally catty--he’s not one of those celebrities who hesitates to call someone out by name (but I couldn’t really blame him, because I too find Paula Deen detestable). He also has no problem telling unflattering stories, either about himself or his friends. But he clearly has a heart buried somewhere beneath all that cynicism and seersucker. (Does Clinton wear seersucker? I just threw that in because I liked the alliteration. Probably not. He probably abhors seersucker. I don’t know about these things--that’s why they pay him the big bucks, I guess, to go on TV and know shit about seersucker.)

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  • Toni
    Nov 01, 2016

    I wrestled with a 3 or 4 for this book. Clinton writes very well, he's entertaining, witty, and best of all for me, funny. He's also a decent human being, underneath that snarky persona he wears. He loves his family, even after a rough start with a new step dad, as a preteen. They strengthened their relationship and he calls this man Dad to this day. I liked that. He also loves the sister he grew up with, and the little who came about ten years later that he fawned all over since her birth, teac

    I wrestled with a 3 or 4 for this book. Clinton writes very well, he's entertaining, witty, and best of all for me, funny. He's also a decent human being, underneath that snarky persona he wears. He loves his family, even after a rough start with a new step dad, as a preteen. They strengthened their relationship and he calls this man Dad to this day. I liked that. He also loves the sister he grew up with, and the little who came about ten years later that he fawned all over since her birth, teaching her cheerleading basics in their backyard!

    Even if he had a crummy, awkward school experience, he was going to make sure his little sister was going to have the very best. And he tried his best; and combined, she did.

    This, although he hates to hear it, is a nice guy. I enjoyed the book and discovering tidbits about Clinton I did not know. Good read.

    Thank you Netgalley.

  • Grace {Rebel Mommy Book Blog}
    Jan 13, 2017

    Review

    When I was younger I loved the TV show What Not to Wear on TLC. The hosts were Stacy London and Clinton Kelly as well as hair stylist and makeup artist. They would take one woman and help her redo her wardrobe, hair and makeup and you know give her confidence in the rest of her life. Then it ended and I was so sad.

    I was so happy when The Chew came out because Clinton Kelly found a new home on my TV.

    I was even more excited when I saw he had a new book of essays - the new memoir if you w

    Review

    When I was younger I loved the TV show What Not to Wear on TLC. The hosts were Stacy London and Clinton Kelly as well as hair stylist and makeup artist. They would take one woman and help her redo her wardrobe, hair and makeup and you know give her confidence in the rest of her life. Then it ended and I was so sad.

    I was so happy when The Chew came out because Clinton Kelly found a new home on my TV.

    I was even more excited when I saw he had a new book of essays - the new memoir if you will - coming out. I wasn't sure what to expect but it far exceeded my expectations.

    Kelly talks about the normal stuff you find in these celebrity books - growing up, his family, getting started in his career. All of this was done so well because I laughed through most of it.

    My favorite part, of course, was when he talked about What Not to Wear and what he thought of it, his cohost and the people on it. I will say some of it was juicy (at least to me!) Also he did talk about one celebrity he had a bad encounter with on the chew which is always fun.

    There was also some stuff about him and his husband, his dog and it ended on a high school commencement speech he gave t it his high school.

    Overall I really enjoyed this and found it so entertaining and funny, which I didn't expect as much. If you like him at all or have any interest I highly suggest it. It was quick and quite addicting for me.

     

  • Leigh  Kramer
    Dec 24, 2016

    That I would watch and love the show What Not To Wear was a foregone conclusion. My friends and I couldn't get enough of TLC's offerings: A Wedding Story, A Baby Story, Trading Spaces, we watched it all. My viewing tapered off after college because I was in grad school and living with my parents who did not have cable. But once I got my own place, the stars aligned and I no longer had to sporadically watch my favorite TLC shows. What Not To Wear would have been on the air for 2 years by that poi

    That I would watch and love the show What Not To Wear was a foregone conclusion. My friends and I couldn't get enough of TLC's offerings: A Wedding Story, A Baby Story, Trading Spaces, we watched it all. My viewing tapered off after college because I was in grad school and living with my parents who did not have cable. But once I got my own place, the stars aligned and I no longer had to sporadically watch my favorite TLC shows. What Not To Wear would have been on the air for 2 years by that point and I delighted in catching up on Stacy and Clinton's delightful banter.

    Who among us did not think of someone they could nominate to appear on the show? Let's be honest: I would have been an amazing friend on the sidelines.

    I say all this so you understand why I was excited to read Clinton Kelly's memoir. I was hoping to learn more about him, as well as get some behind the scenes dish about the show. And that's exactly what I got.

    The book reads as if Kelly is talking to the reader. Perhaps because I've watched him on WNTW and The Chew but his voice was so strong throughout the narrative. At times it read as if we were old pals spilling dirt and other times he held back the curtain just enough to tease. I admire people who have good boundaries on what they're going to share. But that's not to say Kelly doesn't still push the envelope. If you are the sensitive type, a few stories verge on TMI so beware.

    I particularly loved hearing about the series of events that led to him being hired for What Not To Wear. It involved beseeching the Universe- and it worked! I also loved learning more about his family and upbringing and how he met his husband.

    Kelly made me laugh out loud a couple of times. The essays are not completely linear and span a variety of topics. Overall, it was quite enjoyable. I hope he'll keep writing.

    Disclosure: I was provided an ARC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

  • Denise Chojnacki
    Feb 07, 2017

    Clinton Kelly is one of my favorite personas from the TV series What Not to Wear. He also has a book "Oh no She Didn't" which was really funny and a quick read. Naturally I was excited for this new book. I was very disappointed. Although it wasn't graphic or detailed, there was a fair amount of talk about sex and one whole chapter devoted to a sore on his penis. The initials TMI come into play here and had I known I wouldn't have picked it up. There were a few chapters that were humorous that we

    Clinton Kelly is one of my favorite personas from the TV series What Not to Wear. He also has a book "Oh no She Didn't" which was really funny and a quick read. Naturally I was excited for this new book. I was very disappointed. Although it wasn't graphic or detailed, there was a fair amount of talk about sex and one whole chapter devoted to a sore on his penis. The initials TMI come into play here and had I known I wouldn't have picked it up. There were a few chapters that were humorous that were not sexually related. The title mentioned earlier is a very funny, fun read and more the Clinton style that I appreciate.

  • Lorilin
    Jan 07, 2017

    I think most everyone knows who Clinton Kelly is. He was one of the hosts on TLC's wildly popular show

    , a show where he and his cohost, Stacy London, helped fashion-impaired women dress better (and ultimately feel better about themselves). The show went on for something like ten seasons. It was formulaic, of course, but still really fun. Now he's a host on

    , a show on ABC about food and people and gatherings, etc., which I've never seen but is apparently popular, too.

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    I think most everyone knows who Clinton Kelly is. He was one of the hosts on TLC's wildly popular show

    , a show where he and his cohost, Stacy London, helped fashion-impaired women dress better (and ultimately feel better about themselves). The show went on for something like ten seasons. It was formulaic, of course, but still really fun. Now he's a host on

    , a show on ABC about food and people and gatherings, etc., which I've never seen but is apparently popular, too.

    Kelly has written a bunch of books. I've read two of them (and enjoyed one...).

    gives genuinely good advice on how to dress, act, speak, entertain, cook, etc., and I loved it.

    talks about the top 100 mistakes women make when dressing themselves, and though the advice is somewhat helpful, the tone is super snarky and I couldn't stand it.

    doesn't focus on advice at all. It's a collection of stories, almost all memoir-ish (with some random stuff, like a screenplay Kelly wrote, thrown in). And, honestly, there are some flawless moments in here. Kelly's writing is strongest when he talks about the things, especially the people, he loves most: the women he helped on

    , his husband, his sister, his dog. And I loved Kelly's earnestness and honesty when he talked about his complicated relationship with Stacy London. Those stories sang.

    But there are many chapters that fall flat--mostly, in my opinion, because Kelly chooses to be obnoxious and prickly instead of calm or thoughtful. He's funny even when he's catty, sure, but it gets old. I grew tired of his rude and overly annoyed tone. Sometimes he comes across as bitter--maybe over something deeper that he doesn't want to reveal, or possibly over something he hasn't even figured out himself yet. Other times, his over-the-top exasperation seems so unnecessarily dramatic that I wondered if it was all an act. Either way, I kept wanting to tell him, "Just breathe, Clinton. It's not that big of a deal. And you don't have to be so mean about it."

    I definitely like this book better than

    , and I do appreciate Kelly's willingness to share personal stories and make himself more vulnerable. But I still hoped for more--more about who Kelly really is and less about what he happens to be grumpy about today. The book held my attention and I zipped right through it, but I think it could have been stronger.

    ARC provided by publisher through Net Galley.

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  • Candice
    Jan 03, 2017

    I have always liked Clinton Kelly's television persona on TLC's What Not to Wear and on ABC's The Chew. To me, he came across as funny and kind. I was so excited to see that he compiled some of his essays into a memoir type book. I received this e -ARC from the publishers through Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

    I really disliked this book. I was very disappointed in the content as well as Clinton's use of body shaming. This was a crude look into the mind of a TV personality. I felt s

    I have always liked Clinton Kelly's television persona on TLC's What Not to Wear and on ABC's The Chew. To me, he came across as funny and kind. I was so excited to see that he compiled some of his essays into a memoir type book. I received this e -ARC from the publishers through Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

    I really disliked this book. I was very disappointed in the content as well as Clinton's use of body shaming. This was a crude look into the mind of a TV personality. I felt sad that he was so vulgar in his essays and discriminatory against people. I don't know if I can look at him the same way again.

  • AmberBug *shelfnotes.com*
    Jan 10, 2017

    I didn't realize he was a reality TV star and fashion isn't a big interest of mine. I was hoping this would have been more like David Sedaris essays. Maybe I'll come back to this later but I doubt it.

  • Heidi The Hippie Librarian
    Jan 08, 2017

    entered my life at the perfect time. I listened to a David Sedaris book last week and was unimpressed with some of his more edgy material. Clinton Kelly has the snark and sass of Sedaris, but, in my opinion, more heart and empathy. Let's just say, if Sedaris' book was a hard drug, the Kelly book equivalent would be

    loc 1784, ebook. Perhaps uncensored, he's more honest and vulgar than what his fans usually see, but he's real. I reall

    entered my life at the perfect time. I listened to a David Sedaris book last week and was unimpressed with some of his more edgy material. Clinton Kelly has the snark and sass of Sedaris, but, in my opinion, more heart and empathy. Let's just say, if Sedaris' book was a hard drug, the Kelly book equivalent would be

    loc 1784, ebook. Perhaps uncensored, he's more honest and vulgar than what his fans usually see, but he's real. I really enjoyed this one, but don't go into it expecting Kelly to parade himself around as the fashionista from What Not to Wear the whole time. It is definitely not that.

    Kelly's dialogue (inner and outer) is hilarious. Take this moment, he's psyched himself up and gone on an interview for an editorial position at a fashion mag and he's asked to wait:

    loc 375, ebook. It makes me wonder what he would say if he saw my office crowd. Maybe I wouldn't want to know.

    Kelly isn't religious but he seems to be spiritual in that he believes people should live authentically every moment for as long as they can. Here's what he has to say about it:

    loc 494, ebook. I can see how that attitude could offend some people, so, here's your warning. He's not anti-religion necessarily. He's pro- figuring out what works for you.

    How he found his way onto What Not to Wear was New Age in the extreme and I'm so glad he recorded it here for us. He didn't like his current job and wasn't sure what to do, so he talked to his friend:

    loc 512. Not to spoil the story, but guess what he did? I've read a bunch of New Age stuff and, honestly, Caroline Myss is hard core, sometimes angry even, and unapologetic about it. If I was asked to recommend a Law of Attraction author to a complete new comer to the topic, I'd pick Abraham Hicks, but whatever works. Kelly found what he needed when he needed it and he didn't even know it was missing- the very essence of New Age teachings.

    My favorite part of the whole book:

    loc 602, ebook. Yes! And why would women want to feel beautiful? Because they would think they were worthy of love then. So, at the end of the day, what does every woman, man, child on earth want? Love.

    Kelly talks about his failed and successful relationships in an honest manner, never denying that his own foibles could be why things tanked:

    loc 2097, ebook. Funny, no?

    Highly recommended for people who liked, but didn't love David Sedaris or readers who enjoy humorous/tell-all memoirs. Some similar books:

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    Thank you to NetGalley and Gallery books for a free digital advance reader's copy of this book!

  • Mars
    Jan 23, 2017

    Why do I make myself go through the torture of reading celebrity memoirs that are written by people who are not writers? When I started reading this book, I literally knew nothing about the author, who he was, what he did, nothing at all. However, I came out of the book extremely unsatisfied with the stories that were in it.

    Sure Kelly sounded like a nice average celebrity, but here's my problem: I just didn't care, I just wasn't interested in his life stories. I know that might sound extremely c

    Why do I make myself go through the torture of reading celebrity memoirs that are written by people who are not writers? When I started reading this book, I literally knew nothing about the author, who he was, what he did, nothing at all. However, I came out of the book extremely unsatisfied with the stories that were in it.

    Sure Kelly sounded like a nice average celebrity, but here's my problem: I just didn't care, I just wasn't interested in his life stories. I know that might sound extremely cold, but the snarky way that the book is written in is just adequate. There was nothing special here, nothing that made me set this book apart from any other of the dozens of memoirs that I've read. Sometimes, he was trying too hard to be funny and I can't remember even one time when I genuinely started laughing during one of the so-called "funny moments." I don't know, maybe I am hard to crack a smile on, but this book didn't inspire any emotion from me.

    He talks a lot about his experience on with fashion and being on the tv where he would critique women, his experience on being gay, and his experience with happiness and not caring what other people say or think about him. Sure, he had some important lessons to convey, but in the end I though that his writing was a little bit too preachy. If I wanted a self-help book, I was have gone out an bought one. I really don't need a rich white man going around and pointing fingers at women comparing themselves so much and how harmful it is to them. Not only is it annoying, I just thought that it's not his place.

    Sometimes, he was entertaining in his content, and other times he was uncomfortable. Sometimes he seemed so full of himself, and other times he seemed to make lots of self-depreciating jokes. Ultimately, that leaves me with an unsatisfied taste in my mouth.