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The Shortest Distance Between Love & Hate

3.09  ·  Rating details ·  344 ratings  ·  75 reviews
A teen girl starting at a new school is torn between long-held loyalties and a bright new love in this irresistible new YA contemporary romance from the author of A Little Something Different.

Paisley is really looking forward to college. She is ready to take charge of her destiny and embrace some new experiences! Finding a hot guy to make out with at her first ever college
Hardcover, 311 pages
Published July 9th 2019 by Swoon Reads
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Mar 30, 2020 rated it did not like it
Well, turns out my feelings on this book were much closer to the “hate” end of the spectrum. In fact they were so far to that side they almost fell off it entirely.

Enemies to lovers is my favorite romance trope and to see it DISRESPECTED like this makes my very blood boil!!!

This book follows Paige and Carter, who meet each other at a party during college freshman orientation, except actually they’re not meeting each other because they went to middle school together. During which Carter bullied t
Althea | themoonwholistens ☾
Jun 08, 2019 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: fans of Jennifer E. Smith and Kasie West
”This is like Cinderella minus the glass slipper.” ”He’s my Cinderella.”

FORMAT READ: eBook (Kindle)
SIMILAR VIBES: Jennifer E. Smith or Kasie West books
READ FOR: cute & giggly story

*All of my reviews are as spoiler-free as possible unless states otherwise*
*Thank you to Xpresso Tours, Macmillan Children's Publishing Group, and Sandy Hall for sending me an ARC to review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.*


The beginning and the end are hones
julianna ➹
Aug 20, 2019 rated it it was ok
Shelves: review-to-come
[shows up at a witch's hut] I want something that will make me forget I ever read this book

review :) to :) come <3
Sep 23, 2019 rated it really liked it
This was a quick and easy book to read about Paisley and Carter. They meet at a college party before classes begin. They really like each other, but Paisley does not remember knowing Carter in middle school. Carter was a bully and she hated him. When she realizes that Carter is the person from middle school, she refuses to speak to him again. Unfortunately they live in the same dorm, have classes together and even work at the same gym. Then the pranks begin and honestly the pranks go on for enti ...more
Hana Bilqisthi
Aug 18, 2019 rated it it was ok
It is really page turner and quick read.
I really love the first three chapter.
It got interesting premise that made me curious and it set in college 😍😍
I was asking myself "why people did not talk and rave about this book?! It is so good"

Then it went downhill.
But I did not like Carter neither Paisley relationship. Their relationship felt like toxic relationship for me. They both often quick to judge and have problem at managing their emotion.

I hate how Carter think he can treat people badly when
Candyce Kirk
Jul 07, 2019 rated it liked it
As a big fan of the enemies to lovers trope, I was excited for this book. Our main characters Paisley and Cartner knew each other in middle school, but haven't seen each other since. When they run into each other at their first week of college, there is a spark. Even though they don't realize who they've just seen after many years.

The Shortest Distance Between Love & Hate starts off really cute. I love the little pranks and can even understand the feeling Paisley has to get even. Carter takes it
Jun 17, 2019 rated it liked it
The Shortest Distance Between Love & Hate was an ok read. It is a young adult contemporary romance standalone by Sandy Hall. I wanted to love this book so much. It has so many elements that are big winners to me. I love a hate to love dynamic. In fact, it is one of my favorite. And I did really enjoy some aspects of this story, but there were also some character issues that detracted from my enjoyment. Do let me break down what I liked and what I didn't like as much.

Let's start with what I like
Oct 31, 2019 marked it as the-nope-wagon  ·  review of another edition
Not interesting
Oct 04, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2019
I had a great time reading this! It was cute and funny and made me a little frustrated sometimes with Paisley and Carter and I just ate it up. Paisley meets Carter in her college orientation and has an immediate connection with him. Then, she realizes he was her best friend's bully in middle school and decides to get a little revenge on his behalf. Some of their pranks were pretty funny, but Paisley goes too far a couple times and I felt bad for Carter. On the other hand, Carter can be a real je ...more
Lindsay Montague
Jul 02, 2019 rated it it was ok
Shelves: ya, 2019-releases
This was a very quick read, so quick that I read it in one sitting. But being a quick read isn't always a good thing.

Right away I was excited to see that it was set in college. There are not enough YA books that take place in college. I loved the beginning of this book. We jumped right into the story with our two main characters at their first college party during orientation weekend for school. They are soon thrust into a whirlwind romance that only lasts a few days before our female lead, Pais
Feb 11, 2020 rated it it was ok
longest 311 pages of my life
Sage Elizabeth
Nov 18, 2018 marked it as to-read
i’ve been excited about this book for a while but now the plot, the title, and the cover has completely changed. does anyone know if she’s still going to the (best) worst scenario or what the title really was.
Tressa (Wishful Endings)
2.5 Stars

THE SHORTEST DISTANCE BETWEEN LOVE & HATE is a roller-coaster ride of a romance. It's aptly named as the characters fluctuate from love to hate as they try to work out past and present issues. Full of pranks, friendships, family, and romance, with interesting characters readers will be able to relate to. Young adult and new adult readers who like their stories messy and drama filled with older characters may enjoy this one.

I'm going to start with a bit of a disclaimer... I felt this was
Katherine Paschal
Jul 08, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: contemp-romance, teen
He doesn’t have any effect on me; he doesn’t matter. That’s my new motto. So what if we have classes together and work together and live in the same dorm? None of that matters. The universe isn’t trying to tell me something. Why would the universe be talking to me anyway? Doesn’t it have more important things to do?

I absolutely loved Carter, he was a really complicated character who fully understood his flaws and mistakes and was willing to own them any way he needed to. He experienced growth an
Cyndi Becker
Jul 09, 2019 rated it really liked it
The Shortest Distance Between Love and Hate is a sweet feel-good YA romance that left me feeling a little lighter and a little more hopeful. It serves as a great reminder about the innocence of new connections and a time in life when it's okay to be silly and slightly less than logical. Sandy Hall is a new to me author who I know I'll read more from in the future ( as I already have a book or 2 from her collection).

First-year college students Paisley and Carter start out on the right foot with
Jul 28, 2020 rated it really liked it
Well this was really, really cute!!
I received an ARC from the publisher via a friend, with no obligation to leave a personal review.

I generally always enjoy Swoon Reads books on some level, because I am such a huge fan of YA romance, and YA contemporary romance in particular. I love other genres, too, of course, and YA fantasy might even be my favorite, but I am never NOT in the mood for YA contemporary romance.

So I did enjoy this book on that very basic level, but unfortunately, in other ways it really fell flat.

The main thing i
Nov 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This book will pull at your heart strings and so much more. I loved the push and pull feel of the romance between Carter and Paisley and thought the author did a great job of keeping both perspectives alive. College stories are always the best but Hall did a fantastic job of telling a story that was not predictable.
Jan 11, 2020 rated it it was ok
2.5 stars. The characters were too immature for my liking, but there were some funny moments.

The prank war was cute, I enjoyed the first hlf of story but all those dramas near the end were too much and dragging.
Mariam Ahmed
Jun 03, 2020 rated it it was ok
I didn't like this book as much as I thought I would. I was so done with it by the end, it was a struggle to finish it. It started out really good, I was into it. Then, it got repetitive, like I was reading the same paragraph over, and over, and over again. It was the question: Will they or won't they? And obviously, they will, because, duh. But I didn't understand why the love interests even liked each other, they were both annoying and whiney. I never got ANY sensory details, NO character deve ...more
Jan 30, 2020 rated it it was ok
I really wanted to like this book, but for some reason it just didn't deliver for me. Coming fresh off the heels of Katherine Fleet's The Sound of Drowning, I really wanted a book that wasn't going to be heavy or overly emotional. I chose this one to read next because it sounded cute and light-hearted, but I found myself being incredibly annoyed by these characters and wanting them both to grow up a little. Of course, I understand this book was not meant for me, and I'm likely showing my age by ...more
Lauren the Book Slayer
devoured The Shortest Distance Between Love & Hate in one sitting. Partially because of its smaller page count, and mostly because the plot was immediately absorbing, and the dialogue easy to follow.

My favorite character was Carter, because he was perfectly flawed. He had a past full of bad behavior and decisions, but he really strived to change, and redeem himself throughout The Shortest Distance Between Love & Hate. I also loved his relationship with his sister. She was really supportive and
Shalini | Book Rambler
Jul 21, 2019 rated it did not like it
It started out okay but as it continued I lost interest in the story very soon. The same old enemies(middle-school bully) to lovers trope is in play but it wasn't written well.

Thanks to Netgalley and the publisher for providing me with an ARC in exchange for an honest review.
Aug 15, 2019 rated it it was ok
The girl is annoying af. I rolled my eyes so hard that I saw my skull.
As several other reviewers indicated, the beginning and the ending of this book are especially appealing. Some of the parts in the middle seemed a bit bogged down and more complicated than they needed to be, but I ended up enjoying this one. Who doesn't enjoy a book in which the love interests start off hot and heavy but quickly part and then spend considerable time getting back to where they were or exploring the possibilities of a romance? As I read this one, I made a note to myself that peopl ...more
Book Unicorn
Aug 29, 2019 rated it it was ok
I finished reading 'The Shortest Distance Between Love & Hate' by Sandy Hall and it kinda fell short of my expectations. .
When I first read the synopsis I was super excited. I'm a sucker for hate to love relationships and being YA was the cherry on top. The story opened to a banging, HOT start and a lot happened in the first chapter. Basically like 70% of the story happened. And then it fell flat. .
For the most part of the story, there's a prank war thing going down where the female & the male
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Jeffrey G
Sep 06, 2020 rated it it was ok
This overlong book is a very fresh take on the enemies to lovers trope. It is unusual for someone to actually do something new with this cliche, so I laud the author for the effort. However, this book is waaaaay too long for its material, could have been cut by 30% or maybe more. Editors, where were you?

Here is a book where the cliche of alternating POV's really doesn't work. We know too much on both ends of the relationship, so we are never in any suspense over how the partners feel or where th
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(I received a free eARC from NetGalley and Xpresso Book tours for a voluntary and honest review. All thoughts and opinions are my own)

Book review: The shortest distance between love and hate by Sandy Hall (3.5 stars)

The shortest distance between love and hate by Sandy Hall
Genre: YA, Contemporary, Romance
Rating: 3.5/5 stars

(Synopsis from Goodreads)
A teen girl starting at a new school is torn between long-held loyalties and a bright new love.

Paisley is really looking forward to college. She is
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