I HATE YOU, FULLER JAMES

I HATE YOU, FULLER JAMES            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.
 


MY REVIEW:

     What a delightful read.  The characters were rich and full of life.  Each showed depth and emotion.  There was a nice balance of sadness and joy as well as humor.
     I thought the friendship presented between Wren with both Brandon a longtime friend and Dae a more resent friend was a great refreshing mix.  I loved how protective they were of her but when she said she wanted to handle her disagreement with Fuller, Brandon backed off and said, “Okay.”
     But he did have a talk with Fuller to make it.  Right.  Toward the end giving him the benefit of the doubt even they were both clearly not happy with him.  Yet, knew Wren doesn’t trust easily so there were redeeming qualities in Fuller they needed to check out on her behalf.  Because she loved him, and they love her.
     Two characters that were just the sweetest and made it enjoyable were grandpa and Hudson.  I loved them a lot.  Characters truly disliked…
     Principal and coach/uncle for bullying and stating “Boys will be boys” when she was not happy in the past about the player's actions in the past.
     TyShaun and Marc for being mean and hazing Fuller at all but to do it in front of Wren was in horrible taste.  For TyShaun to tell Marissa about it, some friend he is.  Don’t even get me started on Marissa.
     So, yeah, a lot to keep you interested and on your toes.  You won’t want to miss this YA book.  I give this: 5++++ stars.  Provided by netgalley.com.  Follow us at www.1rad-readerreviews.com.

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