A Love Hate Thing

A Love Hate Thing

by Whitney D. Grandison


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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 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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781335016041
Publisher: Inkyard Press
Publication date: 01/07/2020
Edition description: Original
Pages: 464
Sales rank: 124,849
Product dimensions: 5.60(w) x 8.30(h) x 1.60(d)
Age Range: 13 - 17 Years

About the Author

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 an audience of over fifteen million dedicated readers. 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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A Love Hate Thing 3.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 14 reviews.
Anonymous 3 days ago
I tried and tried to get through this book, but I didn't even make it half way. I'm not sure why-but it just did not get my interest.
astoldbybex 8 days ago
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, tries to be nicer, but the moment Trice says anything that upsets her, she goes back to being the Nandy that we met at the beginning. She also has huge jealousy issues and wants Trice to herself & this is while she has her boyfriend, Chad. The moment her best friend showed that she had an interest in Trice, and Trice seemed decently happy for once — Nandy made sure to swoop in and ruin it. & then we have her judgment of Trice. She freaked out when he was sitting on her steps getting his braided hair because apparently that’s not a thing they do in Pacific Hills. Throughout the read, she continued to look down on him; mainly because of him being from Lindenwood. Tyson Trice: I’m not going to speak too much about the stereotyping that occurs in this book (& wow, it’s a Mess), but please check out other reviews on here that discuss it! In the end, he was the only lead I cared about. & granted, there were times when he drove me insane as well. However, I did root for him throughout the read & he is the only thing making this book okay. Nandy & Trice: If it wasn’t already clear with my Nandy opinions, I did not care for this ship at all. It was incredibly off-and-on & kept going back between love-and-hate, which okay I get it, it’s in the title of the book, but holy heck did it switch to hate over the smallest & dumbest things. They were constantly triggering each other throughout the read. Plus, there is 0 chemistry at all. & no, I don’t care that they ‘loved’ each other at the age of seven. It’s weird and I hate it. Religion Mentions: There’s a lot of mention of God in A Love Hate Thing, which cool — total respect, dude. However, it was pointless & in the end, didn’t even mean anything at all. After what Trice dealt with, he ended up losing his faith, and now everyone wants to tell him that they hope he finds his way back. It just felt so incredibly out-of-place in this book. Cringe Dialogue & Pop-Culture References: To put it simply, the dialogue is le cringe. As for pop culture references, I was here for it. But that was because I’m pushing 30 & know perfectly well what they’re referencing. But, y’all???? If I was the age that this book was marketed for, I probably would have been so lost. But I would like to give the shoutout to both leads musical tastes because I too love Kendrick Lamar and Lana del Ray. A Drag: My final complaint & note on A Love Hate Thing is that it felt incredibly too long. I almost DNF’ed multiple times.
kozbisa 13 days ago
Rating: 3.5 Stars I loved the idea of two childhood friends reuniting after many years, but I have to be honest, the star of this story was Trice for me. Although I did like seeing Nandy's opinion of Trice evolve, I was more interested in watching Trice adjust to his new life in the hills. Trice grew up comfortable, but in an abusive home. Being with the Smith's was like being in a whole new world for him. Mr. and Mrs. Smith were very present, loving, and supportive. Trice quickly made some friends in the Hills too, but he resisted giving in to his new life and all the possibilities that came with it. He had some hard lessons to learn, when it came to his former life back in the Wood, but that was all part of his journey. I struggled a little with the pacing, but I was very invested in Trice and wanted to know how things would turn out for him. Overall, this was an engaging story of family, friendship, and moving on from your past.
Anonymous 3 months ago
This book is intended for a YA audience and I think YA readers that enjoy a hate to love romance with lots of drama will have fun with this story. For adults that enjoy reading YA, you may want to skip this one.
Yolanda Margolin 3 months ago
2.5 Stars 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 Nandy keep her cool when Trice threatens to throw her off her game? Think of The O.C. or Laguna Beach, because A Love Hate Thing is drama-filled. What I Liked: *Trice’s story is emotional and I felt for him. How do you go from having your whole family killed to moving to a rich neighborhood and having a completely new life? I liked the glimpse we get of his Lindenwood life. Trice as a character is a cool kid, it doesn’t seem like much phases him about the lifestyle in Pacific Hills. He is a very interesting character – he is smart and has a talent for writing yet the dark side of his Lindenwood past haunts him. *The difference between Pacific Hills and Lindenwood is magnified in this story. Nothing in Nandy’s perfect life in Pacific Hills comes close to being anything as significant as what Trice has had to go through. The author did a good job with depicting the two different towns and how Nandy and Trice represented their neighborhoods. Nandy is the queen of her group and Trice comes in reminding her sometimes appearances does not matter at all. *The Smiths are good people with big hearts. I’m glad Trice had someone to take him in even though Nandy was so inhospitable at first. As for his past in Lindenwood, I’m glad Prophet set him straight about making most of his second chance in life. Things That Made Me Go Hmm: *Personally, for me – this story had too much Pacific Hills drama. I felt like Trice’s story was so strong, but when it came to Nandy and her friends I had to skip a lot of it because it seemed so trivial. It was like night and day in the book and though Trice’s story drew me in – Nandy’s turned me off. *Nandy is so unwelcoming towards Trice in the beginning. Can we say two-faced? She’s miss popular, queen of Pacific Hills, and supposedly so nice to everyone…except Trice, because he cramped her style? When she finally realized she’s being a Queen B towards Trice and decides to be nice to him – I was so over it. The enemies to lovers trope in this story was a love hate thing. But Nandy has a boyfriend and it’s a relationship for status basically so I was not feeling her and Trice getting together. *Triggers/Warnings: Violence, and lots of cursing in this book- but it’s real-talk especially when Trice is around his boys in Lindenwood. Final Thoughts: Sadly, this book wasn’t for me. I loved getting to know Trice and see his character grow while dealing with the changes in his life, but I did not connect to Nandy at all. I skimmed a lot of the book after I was forty percent in because I thought a lot of the high school drama was so silly compared to what Trice was going through. I’m pretty sure there will be many people that would enjoy this book, but for me it fell a little flat.
The-Broke-Book-Bank 4 months ago
Ooooooo this is so good! A Love Hate Thing is a modern rom com with all the hallmarks of making a great movie. It’s also a love letter for late 90s/00s pop culture. They met as children, so a lot of their initial connection is rooted in that nostalgia and it’s celebrated. I don’t think it’s too old or dated. The timeline works for when they were kids and it makes sense. I do think Gen Z’s have more appreciation for Millenial pop culture than Millenials for Boomers, so there isn’t going to as drastic a change in references yet. Plus, there’s plenty of current pop culture as well so it’s a good mix. I totally got why Nandi and Tyson bumped heads and fought. I can’t STAND when the conflict doesn’t make sense or can be solved with a talk. They did talk. Then things changed, they fought, and talked again. It’s not always smooth and easy sailing for love, which is always good to see in fiction. I’m tired of the instant clicking couple, TBH. I looooove the supporting cast of friends. I read in the author’s note my two favorites were inspired by The OC, which totally makes sense. Such a sucker for everyone in here, actaully. When the shy girl stepped up & started dancing on Travis?? SO PROUD. Literally met her for like 5 pages, but my heart swelled. Kyle, my sweet nerdy, Kyle *squee* I’m so down with more Pacific Hills teen drama and just more from Grandison generally.
MiyukiNightShade 4 months ago
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 of life? Because this is not the first book that has done that to me and it certainly won’t be the last if I see their pattern. That darn Inkyard Press! And I mean that with all the love possible. The first thing that really had me on edge about this book before I even started it was that our main guy Tyson recently got shot and was basically living in the streets in an unsafe environment. Why? Because I feel like that is such a norm these days for young black men, and I didn’t want to have to see that being portrayed in a “fiction” novel. But I mean, if I can’t handle what’s happening in real life – which I absolutely hate that this happens and I can’t do anything about it that will make a difference for everyone, which sucks – then can I even handle it in fiction? Should I complain about it? Which don’t get me wrong, I’m not complaining about having a character with a real background that is in the real world, that isn’t a cookie cutter back story that we got a lot of times with contemporary novels back in the day, but I just want to see some stories without black men or women having to come from suffering into a life of happiness or love. Let them have happiness, let them have love, without having to fight from the very bottom to get it. And I get it. Tyson’s life is troubled, but HE himself is not trouble. I think that’s where I get upset with Nandy’s misconception about him in the beginning, when her parents take him in. Like, thank gosh Nandy’s family took Tyson in so he could be away from that kind of environment, but that doesn’t make him a bad person, or someone that’s full of trouble, and I’m kind of ashamed that that was the first impression before it was the first impression, if that makes sense. Sure, having another person in your house that you aren’t used to is going to mess up your flow because you already have a system, but that doesn’t make that person TROUBLE. Ugh I don’t know, that just hurt me because I could imagine my own brother being in Tyson’s situation if we grew up differently, and I wouldn’t want someone saying that he was trouble because of what he had to go through. Plus are your summer plans really more important than someone’s livelihood? Priorities, Nandy.
JillJemmett 4 months ago
This is a great modern romance. I loved that Nandy and Tyson came from two completely different worlds, yet they made such a good couple. Nandy is from Pacific Hills, which is a wealthy community. Tyson came from Lindenhood, where he was involved with dangerous people. They still found common ground, though they had very different upbringings. The story was fast paced. Though it was long, there were so many ups and downs, so I was always kept guessing as to what would happen next. There was loads of tension between Nandy and Tyson, so I kept wondering if and hoping that they would get together. I was a little confused about the ending. I had an ARC of the book, so it may have been different in the final edition. My copy had it ending in the middle of a conversation. I’m not sure if that’s what was supposed to happen because it was kind of abrupt. I really enjoyed this book! Thank you HarperCollins for providing a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
Nursebookie 4 months ago
"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 for her family taking in a troubled boy Tyson. I found the story to be heartfelt and emotional. I enjoy a the to love relationship where the attraction is undeniable. I found that over the time reading this lengthy book, I did form an attachment for the characters especially reading about Tyson's troubled past. Overall, I was satisfied with the ending and this was a great love story that Grandison was able to execute. I enjoyed this read very much!
lavenderbird21 4 months ago
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, emotional love story that tugged at my heart strings and totally Blew Me AWAY.! I was shocked, blown away, laughing, in tears, just all over the place.! Everytime I put it down I was drawn right back in because I just had to know what happens next?! (I Know it's a Really good book when I start telling people around me about it and I was shouting about A Love Hate Thing from the rooftops nearly.!) Every character was fleshed out. Even the side characters got complete stories and personalities. And I just loved so many characters in the end. I need More.! I need this to be a movie that I can watch over and over again and again.! Yes to diversity.! Yes to being honest and real about teen's sex lives.! As I said before, Yes to fleshing out All the characters.! Yes to Tyson's entire life story.! Yes to Travis being so friggin hilarious and awesome (he's my favorite.!) Yes to so many inspirational quotes throughout.! Yes to two POV's.! And Yes to having a playlist in the back that I'm gonna keep on repeat for awhile especially whenever I think back to Trandy.
MkMason 4 months ago
**Thank you to Inkyard Press, Netgalley, and Whitney D. Grandison for a copy of this ebook in exchange for an honest review** Tyson Trice recently underwent a terrible family tragedy, which has left him broken and confused living with the family of a childhood friend he hasn't seen in 10 years. He is from Lindenwood, a notoriously dangerous area of town, and is now living in Pacific Hills - the rich area. He sticks out like a sore thumb, and he knows it. Nandy is not happy her parents decided to take Tyson in after 10 years, she has perfected her Pacific Hills Queen image and wants nothing that will tarnish that. Also, Tyson is not the 7 year old boy she remembers, this Tyson is hard and scary - and she wants none of that in her life. Tyson and Nandy go through a whole lot in this novel, and it really is a tale of learning to look past prejudice and bias while recovering from personal loss. This story is not simple or easy, but it's theirs. It is important to see how far Tyson is able to come back from the brink, and what Nandy can do to grow past her misconceptions. Both learn from each other throughout the novel, even if they aren't on good terms. A Love Hate Thing reminded me of the movie The Blind Side. Rich family takes in an underprivileged boy from a rough background. It's not exactly a 1:1 comparison because there's no sports involved and the family knew Tyson before he was taken in - but the gist of it was similar. Similar acceptance themes in the affluent community is seen, and I almost think the side character's interactions with Tyson were more important that Nandy's. It's easy to assume Nandy will come around and break barriers (because she's a MC) but to have the side character's also noticeably learn from the experience was fun. This book is LONG. Almost 500 pages focused on Tyson and Nandy's summer before senior year of high school. There were times that I felt the book continued on past what it needed to, or parts of it could be cut out. It just felt like too much. The story is told in alternating chapters between Tyson and Nandy's POV - so you get different side characters depending on who's POV you're reading at the time - but they do all overlap. I love contemporaries that have a romance component, and especially love when part of it is told from the male (or alternate) partner's perspective. I feel like it rounds out the book to get both sides. Go check out A Love Hate Thing by Whitney D. Grandison, her debut novel!
CCholger 4 months ago
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 what others expect you to be and act how others expect you to act, especially as a teenager and young adult. Those weren’t the things that confused me about Nandy. It had more to do with her inner thoughts and feelings. Part of me wondered if the author did this on purpose because of how angst-ridden teenagers can be. Let’s face it, that’s a confusing time and we don’t even understand ourselves when going through that stage in life. Yet, for how smart and well-liked Nandy was in her community, she was just so blind to certain things…especially her boyfriend, Chad. The cast of characters, more specifically the other teens in Pacific Hills, were a lot of fun. I could see the teen rom-com come to life in my mind’s eye. (Take note: there are some gritty things that happen in this story, hence my R rating. It’s not all light summer fun.) There were your quiet nerds, your super friendly geeks, the rich douche bags, the misunderstood rich girls, etc., etc. For the most part, these characters were fleshed out enough that they didn’t seem to be caricatures, they were true players in the story. When it comes to Trice’s “before” life, the life he left behind Lindenwood, the author did a wonderful job of painting the picture. The inflections and speech patterns, her description of the houses and families. Beautiful poetry. Of course, I hated when Trice went there. I would get a hollow pit in my stomach waiting for the other shoe to drop. That just means the author did her job in her writing. All that being said, there were a lot of things that were repetitive in this story. I would find myself falling into the story just to be yanked out and finding myself skimming out of boredom due to the characters going over and over the same issues. On top of that, a lot of their thoughts and actions were contradictory to what had come before. So, there would be sections of this story that I was all in, and sections that I was just waiting to get to something interesting again. I can definitely see this author’s potential. With some experience and time, I predict she will write amazing stories. She has a voice I haven’t read often, and I mean that as a great compliment. While I’m not giving this one a super high rating, I am looking forward to seeing more from her in the future. **I received an ARC of this book courtesy of Net Galley and the publisher. All opinions expressed in this review are my own and given freely**
LaurenLS 4 months ago
Whitney D. Grandison’s ‘A Love Hate Thing’ is a coming-of-age tale revolving around a girl named Nandy and a boy named Trice. Childhood playmates, Nandy and Trice haven’t seen each other for ten years. When Trice suddenly moves in with Nandy’s family, he’s changed, and so has Nandy. As they both try to adjust to their new normal, they’ll rediscover the friendship they once had, plus a whole lot more. There are a lot of things I liked about this novel, one of which is how it takes on socioeconomic issues, domestic violence, trauma, and the importance of family. That said, I just did not understand the flip-flopping of Nandy’s behavior. She was so hot and cold with Trice, and there wasn’t enough exposition to help me understand her motivations and feelings. In fact, because of this, I found myself rooting for Trice and Shayne more than I did for Trice and Nandy. There were also a few time jumps between chapters that left me feeling confused as to where the characters were at emotionally. In my opinion, sometimes there needed to be a Trice chapter instead of a Nandy chapter, and vice versa. It’s a good story, I just was left wanting more character development and more depth. There are some really beautiful moments in the book, and I would have liked to see more moments like that. **Thanks to NetGalley for providing me with an ARC in exchange for my honest review.**
Anonymous 4 months ago
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, Nandy Smith, whose family has taken him in. Golden girl Nandy has it all laid out for her: she has the perfect boyfriend, the perfect grades, the perfect friends, and the last thing she needs is a thug from the 'Wood ruining the reputation she's taken so long to build. The more time the two spend bickering the more the tension and underlying feelings they have for one another grows. As the pair start to rekindle their friendship, Tyson helps bring Nandy back out of her shell, and Nandy tries to show Tyson that holding onto his anger will do nothing but hurt him more in the end. As they try to navigate through their new way of life, the ever-present pull back to Lindenwood may prove too much for Tyson to resist. I was a huge fan of The OC back in high school/college and this gave me all the same vibes. There was all the needless drama and overreactions that you'd expect in an early '00s teen drama, as well as its predictability. While I did enjoy it, I was able to tell where the story was going before it got there, so that dropped it down a bit for me. I did really like Tyson and how complex he was. He goes through so much in this, and I love how he sought refuge in his writing. Nandy starts off being a bit of a spoiled brat, but eventually gains a whole new understanding and perspective of her world which was nice character growth. Their romance didn't blow me away, but it was cute. I also really liked the side characters, and would love to read a spin off about Shayne and Kyle. All in all, if you're craving a teen drama in your life, check this one out.