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A Love Hate Thing

3.48  ·  Rating details ·  106 ratings  ·  79 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
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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.
    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.
    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
    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
    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
    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
    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
    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,
    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
    rachel ☾
    Review copy provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

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    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 literally didn't care if he lived or died.

    What I appreciated about the book that it was a love
    The Artisan Geek
    Nov 29, 2019 marked it as to-read
    A black ya contemporary romance??

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    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
    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
    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
    **Review will be posted on my blog on 1/12/20**

    **2.5 Stars**

    Thank you to Inkyard Press and NetGalley for giving me a chance to read this eARC.

    Nandy is the most popular girl in town and she’s preparing for her big cotillion debut when a boy name Trice comes to live with her and her family. Trice is from a rougher neighborhood, one that Nandy and the rest of her crew looks down upon. Trice has pretty much lost everything and now lives in an affluent town where he stands out like a sore thumb. Will
    Jan 09, 2020 rated it liked it
    Shelves: arc, netgalley, kindle
    2.5 stars

    This author is new to me, and though it seems she does have an internet following, it looks like she’s new to the published author’s game. So, I’ll do my best to explain how reading this story went for me. Because it was a roller coaster.

    Parts of this book were amazing. I absolutely adore Trice and, for the most part, Nandy’s family. Nandy…not so much. I just couldn’t seem to connect with her character, her personality seemed all over the place. I understand putting up a front, being
    Brooke Banks
    I received this book for free from Harper Collins in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.I'm such a sucker for a good rom-com, like 10 Things I Hate About You and To All The Boys I've Loved Before. Now, we've got A Love Hate Thing by Whitney D. Grandison. Two childhood friend reunite under the same roof and everything seems set against them, including each other, but as they say, there's a thin line between love and hate.
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    Maggie Boyd
    Jan 07, 2020 rated it really liked it
    The Blind Side meets The O.C. in A Love Hate Thing, a love story, coming of age story and examination of what and how much we owe to the communities we come from.

    Tyson Trice, called Trice, hasn’t seen the Smiths in ten years, but a series of tragedies has him leaving the dangerous streets of his hometown of Lindenwood and moving in with the family in the posh community of Pacific Heights. He doesn’t plan to stay long, just until he turns eighteen in six months and can head home where he won’t
    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
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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.