A Love Hate Thing Audible Audiobook – Unabridged
"If you love a good enemies-to-lovers trope, run - don’t walk - to the nearest bookstore or library near you." (BuzzFeed)
"I couldn’t put it down!" (New York Times best-selling author Simone Elkeles)
When Tyson Trice finds himself tossed into the wealthy community of Pacific Hills, he expects not to belong. Not that he cares. After recovering from being shot and surviving the rough streets of Lindenwood, he doesn’t care about anyone or anything.
Golden girl Nandy Smith has spent most of her life building the pristine image it takes to make it in Pacific Hills. After learning that her parents are taking in a troubled teen boy, Nandy fears her summer plans and her reputation will go up in flames.
The wall between their bedrooms feels as thin as the line between love and hate. But their growing attraction won't be denied. Soon Trice is bringing Nandy out of her shell and Nandy's trying to melt the ice around Trice's heart. But with the ever-present pull back to Lindenwood, it’ll be a wonder if Trice makes it through this summer at all.
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|Listening Length||13 hours and 15 minutes|
|Author||Whitney D. Grandison|
|Narrator||Adenrele Ojo, Barrie Buckner|
|Whispersync for Voice||Ready|
|Audible.com Release Date||January 07, 2020|
|Best Sellers Rank||
#127,722 in Audible Books & Originals (See Top 100 in Audible Books & Originals)
#158 in Fiction on Racism & Discrimination for Teens
#270 in Multicultural Fiction for Teens
#271 in Contemporary Romance for Teens
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The characters start out being amazing. Everyone is vivid with personality, even the side characters at first. I adored Trice. He more than anyone else kept me reading to the end. The author did a great job of making him tough to the point of being a little scary as an enticement (enticement because it is clearly a romance, and thus his soft side was bound to come out eventually). It was a sold 4 star book at this point.
I enjoyed Trice’s interactions with Nandy and her family and the uncomfortable situation he found himself in. I even liked Nandy’s negative reaction to him and how awful she is. It was fun at first.
However, at the 15% mark or so all of that began to wear off and the story started to feel like it was going in circles. Then at the 25% mark Trice and Nandy have a five minute conversation and Nandy becomes a totally different person. While the change is explained, the whole thing felt abrupt, unnatural, and convenient. From this point on the circling around and around from Point A to Point B to Point C and then back to Point A, became more and more obvious. I kept putting the book down as boring and walking away. I bumped it down to a DNF 1 star.
But I still liked Trice so I kept picking I up. The story does get better in places. The writing is solid, at times I down-right enjoyed it. Fun things happen between Nandy and Trice, the group of friends get interesting, and we get more understanding of everyone’s various problems. I got back up to not quite 3 stars, but maybe 2.95.
Then Nandy does another abrupt about face at the 45%ish mark deciding she loathes Trice and turns into a she-witch. This is again explained (only after pages and pages of her being awful to him), but the explanation feels convenient rather than real. The book never really recovered for me after this.
And what’s worse it gets boring. Because the circling and circling and circling around keeps happening. I stopped reading the inner monologues because they were always the same. Literally, you could swap out their places in the book and they would all still work. Then I started skipping the dialogue for the same reason. Same conversations over and over and over again.
It got tiring and there didn’t really seem to be any sense of plot.
I put the book down more often. But I decided I wanted to know how it ends (even though I already knew. The set up was kind of obvious and while there was a couple of twists, they weren’t exciting twists. There were also several loaded-pistols-on-the-shelf that never got picked up - ugh).
Once I finished it (and it was as predictable as expected), I had a light-bulb moment: This book is structured like a soap opera. You know how something happens in a soap opera and then each character goes to very other character and they discuss it all in detail? And most of the soap opera is close up of faces while they talk rather than anything actually happening? That’s what this felt like.
It hurt the characters. Nandy ended up being unlikeable. She was mean to her friends even as she endlessly insisted on what a nice person she was and how much volunteering she did. Trice was constantly going up to people and saying ‘Can we Talk?’ so that he and Nandy (or his group of guy friends or his group of friends from Lindwood) were endlessssslllllllyyyyyy talking about their feelings. Really? It was so out of character to the hard-edged, dangerous, no-touch boy of the beginning.
So in the end, this is a pass for me. Lots of promise, not so great execution. 2 Stars rather than 1 for the beginning and because I did finish it.
What I love most about her writing, particularly this book, is whatever part of the world you live, the US, CAN, T&T etc it is grounded in reality. You can look within your communities and see these characters. You can look within yourself. It's crazily easy to enjoy, love and learn after having a Whitney D. Grandison experience.