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A Love Hate Thing

3.40  ·  Rating details ·  169 ratings  ·  98 reviews
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
Kindle Edition, 448 pages
Published January 7th 2020 by Inkyard Press
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Whitney D. Grandison has written a compelling debut. This was kind of a mash up of the friends to lovers/enemies to lovers trope. 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. You don’t need to be a ...more
Kayla Brunson
Jan 01, 2020 marked it as dnf
DNF. I can’t read anymore of this. It’s 2020, can we please have books about black teens where the characters aren’t stereotypical.
Ms. 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 2019.

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 trite writing. Except this book is set in 2020. You'd never be able to tell with all the references to the
"A LOVE HATE THING" BY Whitney D. Grandison

I thoroughly enjoyed this heartwarming read about Tyson Trice and Nandy Smith. 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
Aug 17, 2019 marked it as to-read
As a fan of the hate-to-love trope, I'm ready for a book that has both 'love' and 'hate' in the title.
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
rae ✌️
You were my Neverland.

I received an ARC from Netgalley and Harlequin TEEN in exchange for an honest review.

wow whitney grandison, way to come out swingin' with your debut! this was an absolute roller-coaster ride start to finish, and lowkey felt like i was watching a season of a delicious teen drama (and now reading the acknowledgements and seeing grandison was greatly inspired by the OC, it totally clicks!)

this love story is about two teenagers from completely opposite worlds. trice was
* I received an arc of this from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review *

Neither of these characters were redeemable to me. The relationship felt forced and fake. The internalized racism was hard to read and didn’t seem to get any better as the book went on.

Out main character, Trice, has to move in with a random family that his parents were friends with, after his family all passed away. Turns out it was a family that he went to visit for two years between the ages of 5 and 7 while his
Jessica | Booked J
Feb 02, 2020 rated it liked it
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As always, a copy of this book was provided by the authors in exchange for my honest review. This does not effect my opinion in any way.

We are always taught to never judge a book by its cover. Still, you have to admire that gorgeous and colourful illustration set up on A Love Hate Thing. While part of my interest was sparked by its gorgeous artwork, the majority of my interest came on after reading the synopsis. It definitely had the
Lorrea - WhatChaReadin'?
When Tyson Trice reappears in Nandy Smith's life 10 years after she had last seen him, she knew right away, he wasn't that same seven year old boy she used to play with. Trice is coming to live with the Smith's after the tragic death of his parents. He is angry and hurting and this is the last place he wants to be. But will he be able to come out of his funk and find the friendship he once had with Nandy? Will he be able to step away from his old life and try to build a new one with these people ...more
Sep 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Tyson Trice, you deserve happiness and a love more consuming than the deepest ocean

Review to come.

EDIT to include review - Sept 21, 2019

It was eminent. It stood against time. The love I felt for Queen was the closest I would ever feel for another person next to my mother. Looking into Queen's dark eyes, I felt peace and calm. I had found my kingdom. I was home.

CW: murder, domestic violence/abuse, child abuse, classism, racial stereotyping

Wow. It's been a while since I read a teen romance
Read my spoiler-free review and an exclusive excerpt on my blog, illbefinealone reads.

This was an exceptionally enjoyable read for me.
I really liked the characters. Trice was so perfectly developed and brought to the page. Nandy seemed to be set as an opposite to Trice, and I really liked their interactions. A lot in this book was well executed. I really enjoyed the dynamics between the characters, as well as the writing. The plot was okay, but the connection I felt to the characters allowed me
My emotions are all over the place.
First read of 2020 and it's a 5 star read that's gonna be hard to top in the YA/Romance department.! THIS is what I call a NOVEL.!
A Love Hate Thing reads like a movie. I could see it all in my head.

Nandy and Tyson.
just. ugh. Love. It's not love at first site. It's a slow burn. It's hate to love.
And I know that's so many people's favorite thing, but it's never been mines.
But if more hate-to-love stories are done like this?!
I'm all in.

A beautiful, tragic,
3.5 rounded up! A Love Hate Thing tells the story of a boy and girl, both friends at a young age, but 10 years removed from one another and on completely different paths. Nandy has grown up privileged and her life is filled with cotillions and popularity. Trice on the other hand has grown up in Lindenwood, a rough and tough urban city with a bad reputation. As far as Nandy is concerned, everyone from Lindenwood is a hardened criminal and thug who can't be trusted. This means that she is both ...more
Whitney D. Grandison writes very enjoyably about friendship and love in this coming of age story.

After recovering from being shot, seventeen-year-old Tyson Trice finds himself living with the well-off Smith family – Maxine (Max) and Parker their daughter, Nandy and adopted Thai son, Jordy. Having spent most of his life, so far, surviving the rough streets of Lindenwood, Trice, as he likes to be known, doesn’t care about anyone or anything. Meanwhile privileged Nandy has spent most of her young
Glorimar Irizarry
Dec 18, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: book-reviewed
Reviewed for a Book Nerd, a Bookseller, and a Bibliophile
ARC received through Netgally.

SO Whitney D. Grandison just gained a new fan, I am all about Tyson Trice and Nandy Smith! This was such a great story of a young man rebuilding himself after suffering such tragic events. In the beginning of this book Nandy annoyed the hell out of me and my heart broke for Tyson, but this is what had me hooked and I needed to know why was Nandy so mean to Tyson and what had Tyson gone through that he
Sharonda Isadora
Dec 27, 2019 rated it it was ok
Shelves: young-adult, romance
This book is a terribly, stereotypical written book. And that is sad considering that there are two black teenagers as the main protagonists in this story.

Tyson Trice was written as the stereotypical “hood” boy who loses “everything” and is moved into an affluent white space even though the family he now lives with is black. Tired plot.

Nandy, sigh. I didn’t like this girl. Spoiled rotten judgmental heffa. She reminded me of that black girl that was on Doctor Phil “Im not like the rest of those
I received this book as a part of the Winter 2020 Harlequin Trade Publishing Blog Tour for Inkyard Press! Thank you to Kelly deVos, Harlequin Books, Inkyard Press & NetGalley for a copy of this novel in exchange for an honest review.

There was a lot about A Love Hate Thing that I enjoyed and a lot that I was just so/so about.

To start, Trice was a character that I was very much able to feel emotions for. His story was extreme and tough to hear, and I'm glad that I was able to see his
Dec 24, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
(Disclaimer: I received this book from Netgalley. This has not impacted my review which is unbiased and honest.)

A Love Hate Thing is a story about friendship and love. Both Tyson and Nandy have their expectations of how they think the other will be. A Love Hate Thing is about our ability to see beyond the image in front of us. To fight our prejudices and memories. I enjoyed the dual POV format of A Love Hate Thing. It allows the reader to witness events from each character's point of view,
Jan 06, 2020 marked it as dnf
I only got a few chapters into this book before I stopped reading. The main character, Nandy, was over-the-top spoiled. I also thought it was kind of weird that the reason Trice was moved to a richer neighborhood was to get away from drugs and violence. Yet, one of the first places we see Nandy is at a party with her rich friends were they are all UNDERAGE and drugs and alcohol are in ample supply. Nope, not for me.
Genesis Sheli (Whispering Chapters)
This debut was a wonderful roller-coaster! As most of you know, enemies-to-lovers is my favorite trope in the world, so it's no surprise I wanted to snatch this one up.

I didn't look the same. I didn't act the same. I wasn't the same. And I didn't care.

Nandy Smith is ready for her summer to begin. Nothing could ruin her summer, until her parents bring in a boy from Lindenwood, the bad and shady part of town. Once she finds out he's the same boy who would spend summers with her, she feels angry
Leelynn (Sometimes Leelynn Reads) ❤
Disclaimer: I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own. Thank you to Harlequin Trade Publishing, Netgalley, and Inkyard Press for this free copy. All quotes in this review are taken from the Advanced Reader Copy and may change in final publication.

Man. I was really hurt reading this one, yet again. I swear, does Inkyard Press specialize in writing some hard core YA contemporary books meant to break you down and make you see the tough side
Dec 18, 2019 rated it liked it
**I received a copy of this via the publisher in exchange for an honest review**

The last place seventeen year old Tyson Trice wants to spend his summer is in the wealthy community of Pacific Hills with a family he hasn't seen in ten years. Coming from the rough streets of Lindenwood, he knows he's in for nothing but stares and judgments, but after recovering from a gunshot wound and losing his family, Tyson doesn't really care about much. Especially not reconnecting with his childhood friend,
Jan 01, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book was sent to me in ebook form by NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. As always with NetGalley, the cover and description are what really drew me to this book!

This book wrecked me towards the end and I'm not sure I've fully recovered yet. It was definitely a rollercoaster and in some ways a little like Gossip Girl with all of the drama the teenagers get up to. (It's definitely an "unsupervised teens with money" type of book if you're a Bad on Paper podcast fan.)

For a debut
Sep 19, 2019 rated it really liked it
My Review
What happens when the poor kid finds himself living the dream?

When Tyson Trice’s father killed his mother, injured Trice, and turned the gun on himself, it rocked the foundation of Trice’s world. Suddenly he found himself staying with a family in an expensive subdivision at his dying grandfather’s bequest.

The Smiths are good people, but they can’t possibly understand what it was like to grow up in an abusive household on the wrong side of the tracks. Trice tries to fit in, for the sake
Stephanie Brown
Dec 28, 2019 rated it really liked it
Great debut by Whitney D. Grandison. I
Enjoyed this YA love story. It has fun moments but it also has deeper, darker moments. There should definitely be some Trigger warnings due to family violence, physical abuse, gun violence.
Nandy has her summer planned when her parents let her know that they are taking in a 17 year old from a city with a bad reputation. She doesn’t want him to spoil her plans and she is afraid of him being a thug.
She doesn’t realize that it an old family friend that she knew
Jan 07, 2020 rated it really liked it
I feel like I have no idea where I'm going in life anymore. The page is unwritten, and that scares me, but I'm going to be strong and face it head on with a pen, not a pencil. Mistakes are bound to happen, but that's life - you grow and you earn from it. Hurt, that's inevitable, and so is growth. You have to let yourself grow and be happy - you can't wallow in this state that you're in.

A good debut! A Love Hate Thing definitely surprised me. Going into it, I was expected a typical Love-Hate
Sharina Welch
Nov 22, 2019 rated it really liked it
*Thanks to Netgalley and Inkyard for providing me with an advance reader's copy in exchange for an honest review.

This book made me laugh, cry, grin like a fool and root for Nandy and Trice.
A coming of age novel that tackles hard hitting subjects.

After his father commits a murder/suicide, Tyson Trice is sent to live with the Smiths, old friends of his grandfather.

Nandy, the Smith's daughter, doesn't want Trice to live there. Who knows what he did that got him shot? And what kind of person he
Mary Bronson
Wow, this book was very well written and I enjoyed the plot and characters of the story. I liked how it was through 2 different points of views, Trice who is from a rough part of town called Lindenwood and Nandy who is a rich girl from Pacific Hills. After Trice gets shot and almost dies he is sent to live with family friends in Pacific Hill. The last time he was there he was 9 years old and was best friends with Nandy. Now that he is back things begin out rough, but things get better towards ...more
Jan 13, 2020 rated it really liked it
*I received a copy of the book from the publisher through NetGalley.

I don't read a ton of contemporary YA but the premise of this one piqued my interest and I wanted to check it out. It was definitely a compelling story that delved into subjects such as stereotypes, perceived status, racism and more. I can't speak to the accuracy of the representation, but I really enjoyed the progression of the story and characters. There were characters that I wish we'd had more of an insight into, as they
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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.