The Boy I Hate
Publication Date: August 12, 2017
Genres: New Adult, Romance
Samantha Smiles and Renee Montgomery have been best friends for over a decade. They’ve shared laughs, secrets, and a mutual hatred for one person: Tristan Montgomery, Renee’s older brother. He was the guy every girl wanted, and every guy wanted to be, and it wasn’t uncommon they’d befriend his little sister just to get closer to him. Which was exactly how Samantha became Renee’s saving grace. She was the only girl Renee could trust not to fall in love with her older brother.
Until the one night Samantha spent with him alone, leaving her questioning everything she’d ever known about the blond headed heart-throb.
Years later, Renee asks Samantha to be her maid of honor. With no other option, Samantha is forced to drive cross-country with the focus of their teenage ire.
He was her first kiss.
Her only secret.
Can Samantha survive the trip cross-country with the reckless Tristan Montgomery? The guy who did what he wanted, whenever he wanted, without worry for tomorrow? Or will she discover a different side of him. One that’s sweet, funny, and maybe a little bit vulnerable. And fall completely and helplessly in love for the first time in her adult life with the one man who could cause her to lose her best friend forever?
I loved how the author portrayed Sammie’s struggle with her career. I think women in their 20s can totally relate with the pressure of finding a stable job as opposed to pursuing their passion. She was at that point in her life when it seems like all her best laid plans in life were at a standstill. With her best friend moving to New York a few months back, she no longer had a steady support system that she can rely on. Plus, her career-driven boyfriend is not so reliable either.
It was really amazing to see how her road trip to New York with Tristan has put her life in perspective. It also gave her a chance to give The Boy She Hates another chance. After six long years of separation, both of them have matured enough to finally admit their feelings for each other. Realizing how toxic her relationship was with her ex-boyfriend was just another icing on the cake. I think she forced herself to be attracted to Steven 6 years ago just because her romance with Tristan didn’t pan out. And due to her own insecurities, she didn’t want to admit to herself that being with Steven is not right for her.
Overall, The Boy I Hate is one great romance that showed how the characters have developed from lovestruck teens to mature adults in the span of six years. Despite the odds, they still found a way to find their way back to each other.