We were all different with different hopes and dreams, but at the end of the day, we had each other’s backs and tried to relate and understand each other. Nothing beat friendships like this.
Title: A Love Hate Thing
Author: Whitney D. Grandsion
Date Published: January 7, 2020
Number of Pages: 448 pages
Publisher: Inkyard Press
📚 Series: No.
📚 Genre: YA Contemporary.
📚 POV: Dual POV.
📚 Cliffhanger: No.
⚠ Content Warnings: Dealing with grief. Parental death. Violence. Breaking the law. Racial prejudice. Stereotyping.
⚠ Read if: you love clichè-ish YA romances.
Book Blurb from Goodreads
When they’re stuck under one roof, the house may not be big enough for their hate…or their love.
When Tyson Trice finds himself tossed into the wealthy coastal community of Pacific Hills, he’s ready for the questions, the stares and the feeling of not belonging. Not that he cares. After recovering from being shot and surviving the rough streets of Lindenwood, he doesn’t care about anyone or anything, much less how the rest of his life will play out.
Golden girl Nandy Smith has spent most of her life building the pristine image that it takes to fit in when it comes to her hometown Pacific Hills where image is everything. After learning that her parents are taking in a troubled teen boy, Nandy fears her summer plans, as well as her reputation, will go up in flames.
Now with Trice living under the same roof, the wall between their bedrooms feels as thin as the line between love and hate. Beneath the angst, their growing attraction won’t be denied. Through time, Trice brings Nandy out of her shell, and Nandy attempts to melt the ice that’s taken Trice’s heart and being. Only, with the ever-present pull back to the Lindenwood streets, it’ll be a wonder if Trice makes it through this summer at all.
About the Author
Whitney D. Grandison is an American young adult fiction writer. Some of her works can be found on Wattpad, one of the largest online story sharing platforms, where she has acquired over 30,000 followers and has amassed over sixteen million reads. Outside of writing, she is a lover of Korean dramas, all things John Hughes, and horror films. Whitney currently lives in Akron, Ohio.
Follow her on Twitter @Whitney_dg.
First off, let us applaud the beautiful cover of this book. I have to admit that this is the feature that pulled me in.
A Love Hate Thing is one of the books that can be read very easily, one that you can finish in just one sitting. It can be imagined as a film because of the way scenes were written and how the story flowed.
This book tells the story of childhood friends that were separated and were able to reconnect, albeit due to unfortunate circumstances. Tyson (Trice) moved into the house of Nandy after he went through a shooting and lost his parents. This brought them to have a chance to rekindle their lost friendship (once Nandy gets her pride in check.)
One major point that I hated in this book was how Nandy was written. She was judgmental and pretentious throughout the story. Basically, she is a rich spoiled brat and I tried really hard to connect with her and not give up on the story.
Trice, on the other hand, was very likeable. He showed his strength and was very straightforward. He knew who he is and he stuck with it.
The best part of this book is the friendships within. There were no girl on girl hating and the great dynamic was shown by all of the characters.
All in all, this book was a stellar debut. Though a little cliche on the romance side, there are days when we all need sappy cliches and sweet highschool stories.
My Book Rating Breakdown
🌼 Main Character:⭐⭐☆☆☆
🌼 Significant Other: ⭐⭐⭐⭐☆
🌼 Support Characters:⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
🌼 Writing Style:⭐⭐⭐☆☆
🌼 Character Development:⭐⭐⭐⭐☆
🌼 Romance: ⭐⭐⭐⭐☆
🌼 Pacing: ⭐⭐⭐⭐☆
🌼 Ending: ⭐⭐⭐⭐☆
🌼 Unputdownability: ⭐⭐⭐⭐☆
🌼 Book Cover:⭐⭐⭐⭐☆
🌼 Audiobook Production: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
☁ FINAL VERDICT: 3.92/5 ☁
♡ , Yna the Mood Reader