I Hate Everyone Except You, by Clinton Kelly: Review

Have you ever watched “What Not to Wear” on TV? I have, for several years. I enjoy the two hosts, Stacy London and Clinton Kelly. Both are smart, fun, and positive. So when I saw that Clinton had written a book, “I Hate Everyone Except You,” I wanted to check it out.

The book is largely autobiographical, and I enjoyed learning more about Clinton’s early years. He comes across as a sensitive and kind person, as he did on the show. He is just a few years younger than I am, and I could relate to some games he played with his sister, notably “would you rather.” They would “present two death-related scenarios and the other would choose the preferable demise. For example, I might ask my four-year-old sister: ‘Would you rather die being pecked to death by crows or drowning in a kiddie pool full of puke and orange soda?'” My sister and I played this exact “game!”

What Not to Wear

He also shares some behind-the-scenes stuff from What Not to Wear, and we get to learn what he thought about working with Stacy. I enjoyed that chapter!

To my dismay, the book did contain several incidences of profanity, ummm — “adult” behavior, and other things that dismayed me about Clinton. I’d assumed from the show that he was gay, but he goes on at length about dating, his “husband,” etc.

Clinton says that he doesn’t believe in hell, “So I’m not too worried about it.” He also says that religion doesn’t play a big role in his life: “I don’t really see the point, to be honest. I can have a relationship with God without all the middlemen. If I shut my eyes and say, “Hey, God, thanks for all the good stuff around me,” what difference does it make if I’m in a church or on the subway?” Well — I get that, to a degree, but still, I feel there’s plenty we all can learn in a church setting.

One chapter focuses largely on a bizarre dream Clinton has about Ted Cruz. He ends the chapter by denoting he and his mate’s glee over the Supreme Court’s decision legalizing gay unions. He states, “I realized why I had been having disturbing visions of (Ted Cruz’s) face: God wanted me to know, in no uncertain terms, that Ted Cruz is a huge, painful (profanity).” Wow. The Clinton I’d imagined I knew just wouldn’t speak like that.

He tells us he doesn’t care about our opinions on his sexuality or his politics, or about many other things — which I get as well. We’re all given free will to make our life decisions. But I have to say that, as a Christian, some of his life decisions make me really sad. In my own mind, I don’t care at all what Clinton (or anyone else) does in life, as long as it doesn’t hurt someone else. But I care deeply when I see basically good, kind people making decisions that will have long-term disastrous consequences for them. It’s none of my business, I know. It just makes me sad.

The book ends with a chapter on a graduation speech he gives at his high school, years after graduating. I enjoyed it (minus the profanity), and again was impressed with his relationships with his parents and siblings, which were truly sweet. Although I disagree with many of Clinton’s choices, and can’t recommend the book to most friends due to some of the content and the profanity (he didn’t use it on the show, so it’s not part of who I’d envisioned him to be), the book was well-written.

6 thoughts on “I Hate Everyone Except You, by Clinton Kelly: Review

  1. In life we run into absolutely all kinds of people. Some of the real rascals, when you get to know them, are basically kind hearted people. I am reminded of the probably only book I’ve read in 2016 “Find the Good.” It’s out there if you’ve got a sturdy shovel!

  2. I watch very little TV except for sports and about 1 hour of news (to maintain my sanity, I started watching much less earlier this year because of the political stuff), so I have never seen this show. I won’t read this book either. I liked your review though and I certainly understand your feelings.

  3. Thanks for making it clear, although that was not your purpose, that I don’t want to read this book. Oy!

  4. I had never heard of that game! I enjoyed him on that show, too, and am sad that in “real life” he talks (or writes) as he does and has some of the views that he does. They don’t surprise me, but do make me sad. I probably won’t read the book either – don’t want to wade through the bad stuff to get to the parts that I might like – but I enjoyed your review.

  5. Well, shoot. I really enjoyed WNTW. They helped a lot of ladies feel more positive about themselves, and I got a lot of good tips on choosing outfits that I still use. But dwelling on ourselves isn’t the ultimate thing in this world or the next…I hope that Clinton will discover that one day.

  6. I’m sick of “as-F—” “as-S—” and all the other hipster profanity. I know I use some, but honestly, I’ve cleaned up a TON over the last 8 years since changing jobs. I’m sick, too of “Sh–” used instead of “stuff” too. I think a lot of that and a lot of the over-the-top “Queen” behavior is an act–it’s trendy, popular and gets laughs. It’s like the Duggars calling everything and everyone “precious”–just as unreal and just as phoney. Good, honest review of an obviously light-weight book! I hope you didn’t pay too much for it!

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