I Hate You, Fuller James by Kelly Anne Blount
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.
March 2nd 2020 by Entangled: Crush
While this was a cute hate to love romance, I found that it was also about family and friendship. The side characters were easy to love. Well, most of them. Not everyone.
Wren had been picked on since 7th grade when her retainer flew out of her mouth at a dance. Her best friend, Marissa, turned on her and started dating the most popular guy at school, Fuller James. Wren had two best friends in high school, Dae and Brandon. I seriously wanted them as best friends, too. They were so caring and loyal. Wren wasn’t really ok with being picked on, but she was happy with her little group. Wren was a really strong character with way too much responsibility for a teen in high school. I loved everything about her.
Fuller and Marissa had recently broken up. Again. He is the star of the basketball team and needed a full scholarship for college, but he was failing AP Lit. Wren was forced to tutor Fuller in order to get his grade up enough to play in the first game. I was not a fan of Fuller or his friends. Luckily Fuller grew on me later in the book. The coach told Fuller to keep the tutoring secret, so he made a bet with his friend Marc that would give him an excuse to be around Wren a lot.
It didn’t take long for Fuller to start looking at Wren in a different way. She brought out the good in him. He could be normal around her, not the cocky jock he was around everyone else. Wren started to see Fuller differently, too. They started to bond over sick family members. Wren’s grandpa had dementia and Fuller’s brother had brittle bone disease. They started spending more time together. Fuller decided to apologize for making fun of Wren, but he didn’t tell her about the bet. He just felt that she would never talk to him again and he was falling for her.
As you can guess, the secret about the bet came out and things did not go well. Fuller got help from a lot of different people, including his brother, to try to win Wren back.
I gave this book 4 stars. Thank you to Entangled Teen for my review copy.
Warnings for bullying, dementia, brittle bone disease, and a super mean girl.
Have you read I Hate You, Fuller James? Is it on your TBR? Do you enjoy reading light contemporary?