A Love Hate Thing
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 ...more
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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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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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 ...more
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, ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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, ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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, ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
A good debut! A Love Hate Thing definitely surprised me. Going into it, I was expected a typical Love-Hate ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
This was a solid read and kept me engaged. I did roll my eyes at Nan, she was a tamer version of Cher a la Clueless, but less self-aware. Trice's character was far more interesting.
What I didn't like:
- The character development was lacking. The author fell back on stereotypical representations that were flat and did not resonate with the complexity of today's society.
- The drama and ...more