Review: The Shortest Distance Between Love & Hate

The Shortest Distance Between Love & Hate

Title: The Shortest Distance Between Love & Hate
Author: Sandy Hall
Publication Date: July 9th 2019
Genre: Contemporary
Format: ebook
Rating: ★


Paisley is really looking forward to college. She is ready to take charge of her destiny and embrace some new experiences! Finding a hot guy to make out with at her first ever college party seems like a great start…until her best friend informs her that mystery guy is actually Carter Schmitt, Paisley’s sworn enemy who basically ruined their lives in middle school.

So much for new people and exciting new experiences. Oh well. Paisley will just pretend he doesn’t exist. Of course that would be easier if Carter, AKA her super-hot-sworn-enemy, hadn’t ended up in three of her classes AND the same work study. Is it too late to rethink this college thing?

I debated for a long time over whether or not I should post this review. I have never given a book one star. I try not to read books that I’ll give low reviews. However my sister brought this book to my attention and I started reading it. From the beginning I wasn’t really enjoying it and my dislike only continued to grow. I didn’t DNF this because I one don’t like not finishing books and two I wanted to know this ended. Spoiler alert it ended terribly.


Our main characters are Paisley and Carter. By the end of the book I hated both equally.

First off Paisley who’s an immature little bitch. She had no morals or a sense of being a good person whatsoever. She thought that everything she was doing to Carter was warranted because he was bully when they were kids. Even though Carter apologized multiple times and was actively trying to be a better person, Paisley was still an immature fuck. I hated her bitch ass and I’m not sorry about it.

Carter in the beginning was better than his love interest and I liked him. I thought he was a better character than Paisley but boy was I wrong. In the last quarter of the book he was a dumb fuck and I just started hating him. He could’ve had it all but he had to go and ruin it.


The writing style was okay. There were some parts that were cringey but overall it was bearable. The writing was the only thing that I didn’t completely hate.

Oh boy, let’s talk plot. The plot of this book was a complete mess and I didn’t understand how anyone could think the way the plot unfolded was in any way, shape or form good. I lost braincells trying to figure out the plot of this book. The characters did things that didn’t make sense and was really childish at times. These characters were supposed to be in college but the way they were acting made them seem like they were just starting high school. The ending was such a disaster too and it left me feeling very irritated.

Overall Thoughts

This book was a shitstorm. The characters sucked. The plot sucked and the writing wasn’t that great either. The book didn’t make sense whatsoever and was just a mess that I shouldn’t have read. Writing this review and thinking about the book is just making me upset all over again but it’s fine. I’m happy to be getting my feelings out about this book. If you can’t tell by now I don’t recommend this book. Just stay away from it. There are a bunch of other better contemporaries than this one.

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