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.
Title: I Hate You, Fuller James
Author: Kelly Anne Blount
Publication Date: March 2, 2020
Publisher: Entangled: Crush
I really, really liked this book! There were only a few ratings on Goodreads for this book and they were pretty average so I didn’t have high expectations. I was surprised to find that they were totally wrong! This book was a short, contemporary romance and totally worth the time.
It started out strong with a food fight (love!) and continued to hold my interest the entire time. This book is told from 2 POVs: Wren Carter’s and Fuller James’. It was a lot of fun to see the changes in both Wren and Fuller as they explored new relationships and tried to fix the past.
Wren was a wonderful breath of fresh air for me. So often in enemies-to-lovers books, the girl just seems to fall in love with the guy straight away, no matter what’s happened between them in the past. I liked that Wren stood her ground. There was a lot of tension between the two of them for a good amount of time and I appreciated that. They have some nice moments here and there, but she doesn’t just fall for him because he’s cute and popular.
I also really enjoyed getting to know some of the “side” characters. We got to know Wren’s grandpa and Fuller’s younger brother on top of Wren and Fuller. Both of those characters added an extra depth to the plotline and made me appreciate the main characters’ family dynamics even more.
One thing that I think could have been better was the relationships between Wren and her friends. She has two guy best friends, Dae and Brandon, but we don’t really get to know them. We see them interact with Wren a decent amount, but we don’t really get to know them. I know the book isn’t about them, but I would have liked to know a little more about their past, or maybe some interests they had. We get to know some things here and there about them, but I think it could have been stronger.
Overall, it was a great read! My preference is usually slow burn relationships (which this wasn’t), but I found that I didn’t really care in this book. I recommend this book for anyone who enjoys enemies-to-lovers, contemporary romances.