This was a fun, quick read and it really didn't matter that I hadn't read the first book in the series. In fact, I didn't even realize there was a previous book until I opened up the Goodreads page!
Told through emails and texts between very different friends, we get a fully realized picture of what both young women and their lives are like. Ava, who is interning on a late-night TV show in New York has an anxiety disorder, a stable family and is straight. Her best friend Gen, is bi-sexual and far less stable as she starts her first job as a reporter at a small-town newspaper in some out-of-the-way town in Florida.
While both young women are struggling to figure out how to fulfil their roles at work, at home and in society, their almost-daily communication keeps them going, even if it doesn't keep them on the right track.
Their voices and experiences are spot on, and vividly evocative of that terrible/wonderful period in life when you're out of school and in the real world for the first time and expected to suddenly know how to be an adult despite having no experience, and in many cases, no good role models.
I enjoyed it very much, so thanks Netgalley for letting me read it ahead of release!
But don't just listen to me. Here's the blurb:
In this hilarious follow-up novel to the New York Times bestseller I Hate Everyone But You, long distance best friends Ava and Gen have finally made it to the same time zone (although they’re still over a thousand miles apart).
Through their hilarious, sometimes emotional, but always relatable conversations, Ava and Gen are each other’s support systems through internships, relationship troubles, questionable roommates, undercover reporting, and whether or not it’s a good idea to take in a feral cat. Please Send Help perfectly captures the voice of young adults looking to find their place in the world and how no matter how desperate things seem, you always have your best friend to tell it like it is and pick you back up.