I Loved It!
Holy crap Tijan has done it again! If you are looking for an angsty new adult read, pick up Hate To Love You today! This book had me hooked from beginning to end! From the moment I saw the cover and read the blurb of this book I knew I needed to read it, and I would have one-clicked it, even if it was it wasn’t by Tijan, who I read anything by. Shay and Kennedy’s story is an absolute must read.
Kennedy is a character that you will want to love and hate from the moment you meet her. She’s rough around the edges, but as you get to know her and more about her past you’ll understand why she is the way she is, and will come to love her more and more. She only lets a few people in, and when she lets you in, she is very protective of those people. So when Shay comes barging into her life, she is not happy about it. He’s everything she said she would stay away from, and she immediately hates him, but Shay has a way of breaking down her walls and I loved everything about it. With the help of Linde, Shay is able to help break Kennedy down more and more. Linde is a safe friend for Kennedy, but there is an attraction between Shay and Kennedy that even though she wants to hate him, she can’t seem to stay away from him.
When things start to heat up between them, I loved how she said they couldn’t talk about it, because you knew that Shay wanted to broadcast it out there, but Kennedy wasn’t having any of it, and my heart actually hurt for Shay for how she treated him at times. She took her past hurts out on him which wasn’t fair to Shay, but he more than made up for all the pain that Kennedy had been through.
Not only do we see Kennedy go through A LOT with Shay but we also see her find a great group of friends, some that you may not have expected her to be friends with in the beginning of this book when you first meet them. When one of the girls goes through something horrific, how Kennedy deals with it and how she was there for her was beautiful and really showed what type of person Kennedy was, and really strengthened the bond that some of these girls had. When Kennedy also went through something traumatic as well, seeing how Shay and others reacted to it and how they were there for her was amazing and really showed that you don’t need a huge group of people to be in your friend circle, but the ones who really care, those are the ones that matter, and will do anything for you. The support she received and the love that they showed her was amazing. When she finally came out of hiding the reaction she got brought tears to my eyes.
This was a beautifully written love story, but also a story of self discovery and friendship. I loved watching Kennedy grow throughout this book, and seeing the friendships form. Shay and Kennedy are perfect for one another and I loved watching them go from Hate, to tolerate, to like, to love. It was a long journey for them, with many bumps and bruises along the way, but in the end, it was a perfect story. I fell in love with them and all of the characters. I really didn’t want to say goodbye to them or the secondary characters in this book and I can only hope we can see Casey, Kristina, Linde and others in future books by Tijan one day. If you are looking for an angsty book to dive into that’s full of laughs, tears, and steam, I highly suggest one-licking Hate To Love You by Tijan today!