|I am ashamed to say this but Hated You Then is the first book I had read from M. Robinson, although my book friends have highly recommended her, I just haven’t found to time to read any of her books, so when an ARC for Hated You Then came up I jumped at the chance to read this author and I cannot believe I haven’t read this author before!!
Hated You Then is M. Robinson’s new duet ‘Love Hurts’ and it is titled perfectly! We meet Jackson and Harley in this book and we soon learn that they walk that thin line of hate and love. This book is told in from dual POV and we are introduced to the characters are age 6. As the story goes on, we see theses characters at different stages in their lives but the one constant theme we see is their hate for one another.
I loved seeing these characters grow throughout the story and how their interactions/banter changed as they aged. Their constant bickering gave some awesome laugh out moments and I could perfectly picture these characters in my mind.
Haley with her potty mouth and kick ass attitude, often stole the show. She is so funny and not shy from speaking her mind, even at a young age. She’ll not shy away from proving anyone wrong, especially Jackson!
But for me Jackson, stole my heart! His story was gut wrenching, you see him trying to adjust to the loss of someone close and how this changes his interactions with some characters. His angry, while justified, was often directed at the wrong person but you could see this young man trying his best to navigate through his grief. I shed tears for his heartbreak!
Overall, this was a great book. It offered plenty of angst, laughter and sadness. It is a great YA book and you can see the dedicated the author has to making her characters and storyline relatable. It will be interesting and probably heart breaking to see what happens in Love You Now, book two. Hated You Then for me was the perfect introduction to M. Robinson’s style of writing and I will definitely be reading more of her book asap.