WHY I READ IT
Tijan’s writing has always been something that speaks to me on another level. The depth of her characters and storylines amaze me every time.
WHAT I RATED IT
WHAT IT’S ABOUT
Rule #1: No hot guys.
It might sound ridiculous. I get it. It kind of is, but college was supposed to be my sanctuary. It was my place to start over. The rumors, the whispers, and the jealousy I endured through high school would all be gone.
No one would know me at college.
Rule #2: No drama.
I’d major in pre-law. I’d make a few loyal friends. Everything would be easy breezy. No one was going to use me or hurt me. I wouldn’t let them.
Rule #3: New year. New place. New me.
And all because of Shay Coleman.
Football captain and quarterback, he was the big guy on campus. The cocky guy in my political science class with a smirk. I hated him on sight . . .
. . . and he was about to break all my rules.
If you’ve ever read a book written by Tijan then you know she’s a heavy hitter. Her books are never light and fluffy. There is always a deeper underlying story that twists, turns, and keeps you guessing from beginning until the very end. (Though even then, you’re still trying to put the puzzle together.) Her stories have meaning beyond what most can see, she shows an uglier side of life that people tend to ignore or avoid. She brings these things to the forefront and makes you sit up and take notice. That’s why I love her writing—it’s never sugar coated, it’s never easy, but it’s always honest.
Hate To Love You is not your typical loner-meets-popular-boy-and-sparks-fly novel. In fact, as consuming and heated as their story was, it wasn’t the focal point of this book for me. Don’t get me wrong, I loved every second of the back and forth, what will they do next?aspect of their relationship, but the part that really made me take notice was what was going on around them and how they dealt with it. This story was filled with the darker side of college life that people down play, deny, or just plan ignore. This book hits on these issues and forces you to think about them. I LOVE when a book makes me stop and think. What would I have done in that situation? Would I have been strong or would I have broken? What would I do if someone I loved faced this?
Love, lust, family, addiction, friendship, obsession, entitlement, anger, shame, strength, power, popularity, beauty, fear, hate, acceptance. Your mind will be in turmoil as you experience all the emotions this book will invoke in you. You will think about this book long after you’ve read it. You’ll beg your friends to read it so you’ll have someone to talk to about it, you’ll probably even message the author and beg her for more. This wasn’t just a book, it wasn’t just a love story, it was a journey that everyone should take.