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A Love Hate Thing

3.38  ·  Rating details ·  1,257 ratings  ·  292 reviews
When they’re stuck under one roof, the house may not be big enough for their hate…or their love.

Despite having been shot, Tyson Trice has survived the mean streets of Lindenwood, so nothing can faze him—not even being tossed into the affluent coastal community of Pacific Hills.

Nandy Smith, the golden girl of Pacific Hills, is not pleased when she hears her parents are tak
Kindle Edition, 448 pages
Published January 7th 2020 by Inkyard Press
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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.
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 ro ...more
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 writing. Except this book is set in 2020. You'd never be able to tell with all the references to the early
"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 f
It's Jess✨
Jan 27, 2020 rated it it was ok
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.

- The concept of two black people from different walks of life falling in love is rare to have especially highlighting two intelligent black teens.
- I liked how the female relationships were not affected by the boys.
- The representation of adaption was beautiful!
- The family bonds displayed were amazing
- Loved that most of the men/boys handled
Feb 06, 2021 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
2.75/5 Stars

I wanted to like this book so much, but I ended up considering it a novel with a lot of potential that could have been explored more.

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 Paci
Yna the Mood Reader
Feb 18, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: audiobook
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.

📚 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.

First off, let us applaud the beautiful cover of this book. I
Kate Olson
Jul 06, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: aoc, young-adult
So ..... I came in here planning to give this book 5 gushing stars.

I picked it up from a random pile of books I had purchased for my HS library and inhaled it in a day - didn’t read reviews before. 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. And saw some scathing reviews - all of them about issues I literally I didn’t see in the book. So, since some of those were written by Black reviewers and I always value #ownvoic
Vicky Again
I had really high hopes for this one, but it ended up falling a little short for me.

Personally, I found the framing around Pacific Hills as a great community that everyone aspires to live in to be...uncomfortable? deceiving? It's a rich neighborhood, and even as a semi-diverse one, I found it weird that it was being framed as a good place. One that is good to all the people who live there. Because real rich neighborhoods like Pacific Hills, complete with cotillion and deb balls, can get pretty r
* 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 gran
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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 n
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
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,
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
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. ...more
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 w
Feb 17, 2020 rated it it was ok
Thank you to Netgalley & Inkyard Press for providing me with a copy of A Love Hate Thing in exchange for an honest review!

Nandy Smith: Let’s get the elephant out of the room real quick — Nandy Smith is officially on my list of least favorite fictional characters. It would be completely different if she started off as a spoiled and entitled brat, and gradually changed throughout the read — but there’s not one point where I felt her character was redeemed. Sure, there’s a time where she, I guess,
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
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
Clockwork bibliophile
Thank you Netgalley for sending me a complementary arc of this book.

I will give this book 2.5 stars. I really really wanted to enjoy this book. I thought it would have a nice enemies to lovers romance. But it just bored me. The relationship felt very forced and I was not invested in it at all. Even their bickering felt completely pointless - a lot of it didn’t even make sense. I didn’t care for Nandy’s character. She was very annoying and judgemental. Trice was a better character and it was inte
Moon Love
3.5 stars!

I thought this book was great, except for the love story between Trice and Nandy. It didn't feel organic to me. I mean yes, they had a bond as children, but ten years later the way they went from being virtual strangers to more seemed fast and rather random.

There are some complicated themes that were handled well by Whitney D. Grandison. I am hoping this might be the first book in a series, as there are other characters I would love to read more of!
Nov 18, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition

Started off great, ended great. That middle section could have been left out and easily shaved 100-150 pages off the total page count.
May 29, 2020 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
**2.5 stars**

Taken from my discord rant:
__And it’s a black teen romance that could have been amazing but literally is driven by unoriginal stereotypes, suffers from “telling not showing” and reads a little choppy in places. Like the bare bones premise is fine but the execution makes me wanna cry at the unmet potential__

Sigh. There be the end of my May 2020 reads.
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 angr
Jun 19, 2020 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: dnf, romance, ya

I could not get through this, and I credit that to the juvenile writing. Apparently, Whitney D. Grandison has written books on Wattpad and it shows. This is exactly what I envision when I think about a Wattpad book; the writing is that of a Wattpad book, the stunted teen dialogue is what you'd find in, you guessed it, a Wattpad book.

A love Hate Thing suffers from the author telling us and not showing us. Immediately after we're introduced to a character, or in a new environment, we get ba
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 ups ...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 l
Sofie |
Mar 15, 2021 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: wattpad readers
I'm such a sucker for those cartoon covers, and enemies to lovers is my SHIT, but this is now my second DNF of the year. Oof.

A Love Hate Thing reads like a 2003 Wattpad story that the author edited together into some semblance of a manuscript.

A Love Hate Thing follows a guy, Tyson Trice, a guy from the ~wrong side of the tracks~ who had to hustle to survive and has a secret heart of gold, as goes to live with a rich, hoity-toity family after his grandpa dies because... his grandpa used to be the
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 litera
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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.

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