Published by Entangled: Crush on March 2, 2020
Genres: Young Adult, contemporary, Romance
Source: ecopy from Author
I hate you, Fuller James.
I hate your floppy hair and your lopsided grin and those laughing blue eyes that always seem to be laughing at me.
I hate that you’re the most popular guy in school and I’m still the girl who sneezed and spit out her retainer on someone at a middle school dance. It’s just such a cliché.
I hate that I’m being forced to tutor you in English and keep it a secret from everyone. Because otherwise it might put our basketball team’s chances at winning State in jeopardy, and even though I hate you, I love basketball.
I hate that it seems like you’re keeping a secret from me…and that the more time we spend together, the less I feel like I’m on solid ground. Because I’m starting to realize there’s so much more to you than meets the eye. Underneath it all, you’re real.
But what I hate most is that I really don’t hate you at all.
I Hate You, Fuller James is a standalone young adult contemporary romance by Kelly Anne Blount. I really enjoyed this book. It was exactly what I was looking for at the moment, which is a lighthearted fun romance that made me smile. I Hate You, Fuller James was filled with great characters and a heartwarming relationship. I think it is perfect for fans sweet romances reminiscent of early 2000s teen rom coms, which are pretty much my favorite feel good movies.
In I Hate You, Fuller James we meet out main characters Wren and Fuller. (obviously) I loved Wren, and I really, really loved that her Grandfather who has Alzheimer’s was living with her family. That was an unexpected element of the story that I really loved. In fact, both Wren and Fuller’s families play a decent size role in the plot of this book, which I really appreciated. I loved seeing happy family units represented in young adult high school contemporaries, because we don’t get to witness that too often. Yes, each family had struggles, but they faced them together.
The plot of I Hate You, Fuller James had plenty of classic elements that I enjoy reading in YA romances like Tutoring, high school mean girls and bets, but the storyline did not feel overdone. Particularly with the bet aspect, it was a new take on the trope. Instead of a fake relationship trope- this book has a a fake bet trope. Wren is super smart, so when the star basketball player on her uncles high school basketball team is failing English, he enlists Wren to help tutor him in private. Not wanting to upset the team that Fuller might not be able to play, they have to keep the arrangement under wraps. Watching Wren progress from vehemently hating Fuller James to becoming friends with him was a wonderful progression that made me laugh, made me smile and just made me flat out happy.
If you can’t get enough of young adult contemporary romances, then you will want to check out I Hate You, Fuller James. This is a well done spin with plenty of classic elements that left me smiling and satisfied. I really enjoyed this book and I can’t wait to read more from Kelly Anne Blount. I think you will fall for Fuller James!
Reading this book contributed to these challenges:
- 2020 New Release Challenge
- Contemporary Romance Reading Challenge 2020