A Love Hate Thing

A Nivel by Whitney D. Grandison

Description: When Tyson Trice finds himself tossed into the affluent coastal community of Pacific Hills, he’s ready for the questions, the stares and the feeling of not belonging in the posh suburb. Not that he cares. After recovering from being shot and surviving the mean streets of Lindenwood, he doesn’t care about anyone or anything. He doesn’t even care how the rest of his life will play out. In Pacific Hills, image is everything. Something that, as the resident golden girl, Nandy Smith knows all too well. She’s spent most of her life building the pristine image it takes to fit in. After learning that her parents are taking in a teen boy, Nandy fears her summer plans, as well as her reputation, will go up in flames. It’s the start of summer vacation, and the last thing Nandy needs is some juvenile delinquent from the ’Wood crashing into her world. Stuck together in close quarters, Trice and Nandy are in for some long summer nights. Only, with the ever-present pull back to the Lindenwood streets, it’ll be a wonder if Trice makes it through this summer at all.

First of all I would like to thank Harper Collins Canada for sending me a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review!

I really thought I was gonna like this book! Unfortunately this book fell really flat for me. I was confused if this was supposed to be set in the past or if it was a current thing? There were so many references to the early 2000’s movies and songs and terms that I feel like it was meant to be back then, but other things contradicted that thought and made it seem like it was a current date book, so that was all quite confusing…my only other possible conclusion to that particular issue is that maybe the author was a teenager in the early 2000’s and doesn’t know any teenagers and assumes that’s still what teenagers are into/how they interact? In which case I’ll let that whole thing slide… now about the story, there wasn’t much of a plot..there was an intense backstory, yes. But as for moving the story forward in any general direction, there wasn’t really much to help that. After the intense backstory happens he moves in with them.. and a whole lot of nothing really happens, and the little that does happen is blatantly obvious. There’s a lot of side characters to keep straight that really didn’t have much of a part of the story so at the end a lot of them felt quite pointless. And the ones that were in the story were boring, self absorbed or just annoying.. I just, wasn’t a fan of this book.

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