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Create a free account to discover what your friends think of this book! Community Reviews. Search review text. Displaying 1 - 30 of reviews. Kayla Brunson. Woc Reader. When I first heard about this book I was excited. The cover was beautiful and I was on the prowl for a YA contemporary romance featuring black teens. I thought I would adore this book but it might be my biggest disappointment of As I read I was transported to those Kimani Tru books also published by Harlequin of my young teen years.
This book had all the same dated slang and similar writing. Except this book is set in You'd never be able to tell with all the references to the early s from movies to tv to music. All of that was popular when they were too young to be tuned in to pop culture.
It's like the author wrote this book back when she was a teen and used this story to try and relive her glory days. Has she spoken to teens in ? This book needed a black editor or at least black beta readers so badly! Dated dialogue and pop culture references aside this book was simply not entertaining. It floundered on and on with no real purpose and more than halfway through this lengthy story I found myself skimming to the end. Tyson was so laughable. One minute he's a wannabe thug.
He's a bad boy but not really bad. His friends are the bad ones and he just tags along with no refusal but he's not really into what they do. At one point he talks about an annoying neighbor he had as a child. And his friends going out of their way to set her off. Then he says one night she was robbed and killed. He wondered if his friends did it.
But he just let it go. He's also a hotep who reads Roots and The Color Purple for fun, preaches about back when black people were kings and queens, and tries to school Nandy in black culture.
Why is he is the first one to introduce Nandy to the origin of her name instead of her parents? Nandy is a prissy rich girl who is supposed to be root worthy. She's more annoying than anything else. She spends a chunk of the time looking down on Tyson until she decides she's in love with him. Then despite having a boyfriend acts possessive over Tyson. Even to the point of being rude to her best friend who is showing an interest in him.
Why did this black love book have me almost rooting for the white girl to take him away? Our author keeps trying to sell this idea of Nandy and Trice having been in love since 7 years old. At one point Nandy reflects on Trice being her first kiss and heartbreak back when they were 7. It's a little creepy. And this idea that they held a flame for each other despite not seeing each other in 10 years is ridiculous.
One minute there would be meaningful dialogue and discussion like Tyson and Nandy expressing their thoughts on the term African-American and their feelings as black Americans. The next we got nonsense like this, "This ain't the hood, Tyson We do not braid hair on the front step," I said.
I received an ARC from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. Berit Talks Books. Grandison has written a compelling debut. Tyson Trice has just gone through a major tragedy and the loss of his beloved Pops.
Five months away from turning 18 he goes to live with old family friends who live in an affluent area of Southern California. When they were little Trice and Mandy were the best of friends, but now Mandy is not quite certain of Trice because of his background. Trice, Who prefers to go by his last name rather than his first name, because he was named after his father was a lovable sympathetic character.
Although he was constantly contradicting himself, there were some definite conflicts between his words and his actions. Then there was Mandy, what a spoiled entitled princess she was. I grew up in Southern California somewhere between these fictional cities of Linderwood and Pacific Hills.
Well that is with the exception of dear Mandy. Even though we were constantly told what a sweet person she was I never saw that through her actions. But I guess the heart wants what it wants. While I appreciated the diversity in the story I thought occasionally it was a bit stereotypical. On one handI thought the characters were very vivid and well drawn, but on the other hand I really was not rooting for this couple.
So I guess the title is super appropriate, it was kind of a love-hate thing! I thought both these narrators did an outstanding job and really added the perfect voice to these characters even that Mandy. All opinions are my own. Author 48 books I saw that the reviews for it weren't all that great, but it's enemies-to-lovers, and I'm a sucker for that, so I went ahead and bought it anyway. I don't think it's as bad as a lot of people were saying, but the complaints are all fairly on point: it relies on stereotypes, sometimes the dialogue feels canned, and it's a little bit vapid at times.
But on the other hand, it's a story of teen drama set on the beach, so I wasn't expecting Tolstoy. Trice and Nandy were friends when they were young, but then Trice moved to Lindenwood, which is a not-so-great area. Trice ended up involved in a gang and purchasing a gun, which his father then used to shoot his mother, himself, and Trice. Trice was the only one who survived, and ended up becoming the ward of Nandy's family. Nandy is a spoiled rich society princess who is dating a white guy and spends all her time by the beach or planning social events with her multiracial group of rich friends.
She's less than thrilled when Trice moves in and makes all these pretty toxic assumptions about him. Once she starts to get to know him, though, she realizes that she had him all wrong, and that where you come from doesn't really define you as a person. So here's what I liked about the book. I liked that both the hero and the heroine were Black. I thought it was cool how Nandy had an adopted younger brother who was Thai. I loved the beach drama and how it made me vaguely nostalgic for things like Laguna Beach and The OC.
I liked how both characters had pretty dramatic character arcs. I liked the big cast of side characters. I liked that there were break-ups and make-ups and that these were handled mostly with maturity.
I liked how the heroine was difficult and not all that likable, which made her feel very complex. Here's what I didn't like about the book. I didn't like how Trice was made out to be this really talented writer when his work was just straight-up self-insertion. This is a key element of his character development, so it kind of stuck out. I didn't really like the romance between Trice and Nandy. They felt like they were more convincing as friends than boyfriend and girlfriend although if you're into stepbrother romances, this ends up kind of being like that, since he's the ward of her family.
I didn't like how the drama sometimes became circuitous and repetitive. I thought the book took a long time to get rolling and sometimes it felt more like an after school special than, you know, beach drama.
I hate this trope so much. I'm sorry, but I do. If you like your drama to be served up with a side of real world issues, you'll probably like this a lot.
Just keep in mind that, true to classic teen movie format, it's pretty clique-driven and every character in here kind of boils down to one defining stereotype although the author does subvert a couple of them in interesting ways.
This won't be topping my favorites lists, but I'd read more from this author for sure. A Love Hate Thing reads like a Wattpad story that the author edited together into some semblance of a manuscript. And he asked them to? And they said yes? Because I guess he used to be friends with their daughter, Nandy?
But, surprise! They actually used to hang out with each other when they were 7 and Trice's grandpa used to bring him to their house on jobs. Sort of? The literal next day, Trice has to do some illegal job in Lindenwood cause his buddies there ask him to and they're his family, and Nandy walks into his room and he's gasp shirtless.
So, she sees his bullet scars. And she Drawing my gaze back to the wound, I found myself leaning closer and placing a kiss on it, as if that could make it go away or be better.
By some instinct, I knew it was an exit wound, and I went around and placed a kiss on the other side, too. The black-kid-with-a-shady-history-and-an-icy-exterior-but-a-saint-at-heart, and the black-rich-girl-who-acts-snobby-but-ALSO-has-a-heart-of-gold-and-just-suffers-from-internalized-racism.
Nandy hates her name and has never read The Color Purple!!! She must hate herself!!! But apparently, Trice and Nandy have actually been in love since they were 7!!!
So that makes everything okay!!! I hate not finishing books but I couldn't do it. DNF mini review Maybe this book had some poignant social commentary that I would have enjoyed, but I just could not. The characters were bad and the writing was bad. I was not going to suffer through this for the sake of seeing the light at the end of the tunnel. Because right now, the tunnel is infinite and not structurally sound, there's an eerie creek as the tunnel teeters into total collapse, with me still in it, so for the sake of me living, I'm just going to get the fuck out.
This book reeks of Wattpad, it's like a stench is imbued into it and it's making my eyes water. I'm shocked this was actually published because this is exactly what I think about when I think about Wattpad.
What do I mean by this? Well, immediately after we're introduced to a character, or in a new environment, we get basic character descriptions, race, background, what the characters are wearing, etc, and then extremely drawn out descriptions of settings that are absolutely not necessary.
It's all very tedious. And strongly reminiscent of the books I used to read on Wattpad. But, the thing I hated the MOST about this book was that whenever Trice meets a new character he psychically monologues about their nature. Here's an example of his commentary after meeting someone for the very first time , "I could tell she has a good heart.
Again, its just lazy and it made this book even more insufferable than it needed to be. To summarize: this was very bad and for the sake of self-preservation, I do not recommend this. All these opinions are my own. I personally did not enjoy this book, maybe others will but I'll list the pros and cons I had with this book below.
Pros: - The concept of two black people from different walks of life falling in love is rare to have especially highlighting two intelligent black teens.
Due to the characters treating Trice as "better then other guys" it criminalized everyone else. Everyone else in that neighboorhood also had a rough upbringing but Trice was the only one worthy of a good life? Also, they claim this neighborhood to be middle class and not bad but spend most of the time talking poorly about it and the need to escape it.
Both characters stereotypical black people either in being sassy or scary. The story never broke down those stereotypes. Nandy was selfish and rude for most of the book painting black teens as "hysterical. Or Nandy would say she's not judgemental but turn around a judge everyone, even her closest friends. Most of the book the angst was Nandy avoiding her feeling due to jealousy. This book was trying to tackle too much and I hope in the future we can have black love stories without exploiting black trauma.
I would not recommend. Tyson who has a protective shell he has built around him from living in a tough neighborhood and now have undergone a terrible family tragedy and now will need to live in Pacific Hills an upscale and rich neighborhood. A huge change for him coming from Lindenwood. Nandy Smith has a reputation to uphold having lived in Pacific Hills her life. Now will she risk her reputation for her family taking in a troubled boy Tyson. I found the story to be heartfelt and emotional.
I enjoy a the to love relationship where the attraction is undeniable. I found that over the time reading this lengthy book, I did form an attachment for the characters especially reading about Tyson's troubled past.
Overall, I was satisfied with the ending and this was a great love story that Grandison was able to execute. I enjoyed this read very much! Yna from Books and Boybands. 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. Parental death. Breaking the law. Racial prejudice. 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.
There are some aspects that I appreciated, like for example Tyson' backstory and him trying to cope and come to terms with everything that happened. I liked how he learned to open up and to talk about things. And I was very curious to see how Tyson could start trusting and loving people again.
It was great to see him form such strong friendships in Pacific Hills. But what wasn't so great was his relationship with Nandy. I'm sorry to say I could not stand the girl, especially in like the first half of the book, her behaviour was just a no for me and I don't really think she "redeemed" herself in any way.
Also, I get that Tyson and Nandy were childhood friends and crushes, but I didn't see a spark between them in the present, I just saw some bickering and that was it. In some parts of the book I truly felt like Tyson was idolizing Nandy, to me he was more in love with the idea of her and what she represented in his past than anything else.
I would recommend this book for its friendships and also for how it deals with some heavy topics, but definitely not for the romance. You know there's a problem when I was rooting for the white characters Travis, Shayne and Kyle over the Black ones. Never thought I'd see the day where I typed that out but here we are! This is absolutely I book I shouldn't have finished but I'm a glutton for punishment when it comes to YA about Black teens and I kept foolishly hoping the book would get better.
The dialogue is cringeworthy, the pop culture references don't make sense for teens in and the book needed to be pages shorter. Around page I legit stopped reading and was confused to see I had ish more pages to go because the book could have concluded right there, with an implausible enemies to lovers YA ending.
But instead we get more mess. I've never seen the OC but the author mentions that was an inspiration which I honestly should have known this would not be the book for me when a character was described thusly, "Shayne Mancini was a beautiful Sicilian girl", I've never heard a Black person IN MY LIFE describe a white person this way, at most we'd just say Italian. I have however heard white people describe themselves this way and always find it amusing. If this was satirical or meta I would have appreciated it but as you read on and get more character descriptions you realize the author is absolutely serious about identifying the ethnic background of every character.
It's also bizarre because for such a "diverse" suburb a lot of the kids are awful and no one calls them out on it except the white girl Shayne. There's also a lot of telling, very little showing especially when it comes to Trice making snap judgements that all turn out to be right.
The dialogue was especially rough because it didn't seem believable for teenagers, particularly teenage boys. As sweet as Trice was, I rolled my eyes countless times while reading his fictional story and listening to his intense inner monologues.
He constantly tells himself, and Jordy, that it's ok to cry and be emotional but somehow he himself is never able to. He read like a fictional character, the ideal 'tough boy with a heart of gold' stereotypical crush. He also gave me hotep vibes is that a term people know offline?
Nandy is absolutely insufferable, there's really nothing else to say. She never redeems herself and this book becomes such a drag because she's so hot and cold in her treatment of Trice. There is really no excuse for the way she treated Trice especially when her parents were such great people, going out of their way to demonstrating healthy parenting and respecting Trice's boundaries. I'm not sure how you date someone who used to date such a deplorable person and STILL defends him even when he was clearly in the wrong.
Couldn't stand Nandy, adored Trice but he wasn't realistic at all. The dialogue is forced, the very real and important issues brought up are quickly discarded and the insta love is asinine. There are contemporary YAs about Black teenagers that are a lot better. I thought there was a lot of potential here, a chance to show how harmful classism can be and the ways it manifests in internalized Blackness via Nandy.
But the author doesn't go there. Lindenwood is a constant punching bag and even the parents don't try and get Nandy or any other characters to see the error in judging a place that seems to be misjudged by the media and surrounding white suburbs. There could have been a come to Jesus moment with the parents too were they realize they raised a spoiled brat who looks down on Black people but nope.
They just think she's annoying and all is eventually forgiven. The only good thing I can say is this was surprisingly low angst when it came to teenage issues such as having sex and drinking. There's no moralizing, the teens just do it and they don't agonize or second guess their choices which did feel refreshing and realistic.
Kate Olson. I came in here planning to give this book 5 gushing stars. The entire time I was reading I kept thinking of who I wanted to tell to read it and why. And then I came here to review it. Last Book Marauder. I am so sad that this book just did not work for me. It had everything going for it: beautiful cover, enemies-to-lovers, young adult. However, in spite of all of that, it felt like a chore to finish this. Nandy is one of the worst characters I have ever read.
She is a selfish, entitled, spoiled, rich girl and I never really came around to liking her. The reader is told many times that Nandy is actually very sweet and welcoming and incredibly involved in her school and her neighborhood - but we never see that. We only see her whine about every tiny thing that doesn't go exactly her way.
Nandy also becomes incredibly possessive over Trice even though she has a boyfriend and her best friend likes him. She does become slightly more tolerable after the first half of the book, but she never lives up to this character she was painted to be.
If she has all these amazing qualities, as I reader, I want to see her exhibiting them. The writing also felt a little inconsistent to me. Several times the author wrote absolutely beautiful paragraphs about race, adoption, and friendships.
Then have her seventeen year old characters say things like "jump street" or complain about being embarrassed because Trice was having his hair braided outside and her house "ain't the hood. They have this pretty intense connection from when they were kids, then she is a massive brat to him when he comes to stay with her family, they patch it up and become friends for, like, a page, then she hates him again and is even more bratty, and then they are in love.
It was just too much. Plus, the actual plot if the book was unoriginal and pretty bland in a majority of the book. The minor conflicts were incredibly repetitive and the major conflict was just glossed over. There is also a lot of mentions of religion, but for no real purpose.
It doesn't play a real role in the story, but is referenced many times. I kept expecting it to mean something in the end With all that said, I did like several things from this book. I already mentioned that parts of the writing were done well. I loved that the author touched on boys dealing with their emotions, loss, and abuse.
I also really enjoyed Trice's character. Learning about his past and watching him grow and heal was done very well. I loved his appreciation for his heritage and sharing that with the Smith's. Zoe Stewart Zoe's All Booked. Also by Whitney D. Grandison: The Right Side of Reckless. When they're stuck under one roof, the house may not be big enough for their hate When Tyson Trice finds himself tossed into the affluent coastal community of Pacific Hills, he's ready for the questions, the stares and the feeling of not belonging in the posh suburb.
After recovering from being shot and surviving the mean streets of Lindenwood, he doesn't care about anyone or anything. He doesn't even care how the rest of his life will play out. In Pacific Hills, image is everything.
Something that, as the resident golden girl, Nandy Smith knows all too well. She's spent most of her life building the pristine image it takes to fit in. After learning that her parents are taking in a teen boy, Nandy fears her summer plans, as well as her reputation, will go up in flames. It's the start of summer vacation, and the last thing Nandy needs is some juvenile delinquent from the 'Wood crashing into her world.
Stuck together in close quarters, Trice and Nandy are in for some long summer nights. 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. Grandison will be available Jun 08, Sparks fly in this edgy own voices novel, perfect for fans of Sandhya Menon, S. Ali, and Kristina Forest.
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