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Peek Inside I Hate You, Fuller James

I hate the most popular guy in school, and that I’m having to secretly tutor him. I hate that he’s actually smart and kind. And I hate that the more time I talk to him, the less I hate him.

I Hate You, Fuller James

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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.


I Hate You, Fuller James, was a super-fast, light, cute, and fun read!  It balanced out heavy topics, with lightness, humor, friendship, and first love.  This was a story that sucked me right in, and gave me great characters, and a real, relatable, and emotional reading experience.” -A Bookish Escape

“Kelly Anne Blount’s ‘I Hate You, Fuller James’ is the perfect blend of witty and sweet. It’s fast-paced, surprisingly empathetic, and is begging to be made into a movie.” -Lauren S., Goodreads

“This book was quick to read, entertaining, and full of character development and cute high school student fun. Loved it!” -Ashley H., Goodreads

“A fun and cute hate-to-love romance, which delivered many smiles and swoons for me.” -We Live and Breathe Books

“It gave me everything I was looking for: smiles, tummy tingles, and some genuine emotion.” -Celebrity Readers Blog

“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.” -Char L., Goodreads

“I definitely recommend this book if you’re looking for a cute romantic contemporary that melts your heart.” Aubrey E., NetGalley

“I thoroughly enjoyed I Hate You, Fuller James by Kelly Anne Blount. It’s the perfect quick, feel-good read. I highly recommend it for rom-com fans.” -Aya M. Productions

Additional Details

ISBN: 9781640638440
Release Date: Mar 2, 2020
Page Count: 400
Imprint: teen crush
Genre: contemporary, young adult
Tropes: coming of age/family/social issues, enemies to lovers

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By D.M. February 15, 2020

I hate you, Fuller James is a classic tale. Boy meets girl. Girl has a difference of opinion with friend. One becomes popular and the others smart.

Wrens future is already looking promising. All she has to do is survive the wicked tournaments of high school. When shes asked to tutor the one perso... ...more

By Susan's Reviews February 26, 2020

My thanks to the author, publisher and NetGalley for a free ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review.

I enjoyed this clean YA novel. It follows the usual "nerdy high schooler tutors playboy jock" trope, so there wasn't much new here. The thoughtless jock (Fuller James) redeems himself by... ...more

By Vanessa February 29, 2020

Disclaimer: I received an Advance Reader Copy at no cost from the publisher/author. All opinions in my review are my own.

This was an adorable and fun story that I enjoyed very much. This is a story that will undoubtedly put a smile on your face.

The characters were very relatable. The author did... ...more

By Sophie February 17, 2020

I received an Advance Reader Copy from the publisher, via NetGalley. This in no way impacted on my view.

Ever since Wren was in middle school, she has been ostracised by most of her year, especially her ex best friend, Marissa, who dropped her as soon as the most popular boy in school, Fuller Jame... ...more

By Emily March 02, 2020

Wren Carter has been tormented by highschool basketball star Fuller James for years. In fact he was the reason she had a nickname that she hated and when his latest antics has her retaliating for a brief moment she finds herself having to tutor Fuller in their AP Literature class. Wren would rath... ...more

By Kristi Housman February 13, 2020

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... ...more

By Elaine March 12, 2020

This is a high school romance featuring Wren, who is quiet, caring, kind, clever and has been subject to teasing and bullying for years at school. The main perpetrator of it all is Fuller James, the star basketball player who seems to get away with anything, including leading many of the pranks a... ...more

By Samantha (WLABB) March 02, 2020

Wren has hated Fuller James since he came between her and her best friend, AND bestowed that awful nickname on her - Wrentainer. She managed to hate him from afar for the past five years, but as a punishment for launching a handful of mashed potatoes at her nemesis, she was forced to tutor him. A... ...more

By Lenore March 02, 2020

I received a free copy through NetGalley in exchange for an honest and unbiased review/opinion.

4 stars I love these Crush line of books, I always gravitate towards them when Im looking for something fairly light and easy to read. Which is not to say they n... ...more

By Kim Reads March 04, 2020

4.5 stars

Dear Fuller James,

As you know, you are one of the lead characters in Kelly Anne Blounts I Hate You, Fuller James. I read the blurb for your story and I thought, Yeah. This is something I can really get into. I then saw the cover for the book. My first reaction was, I like it. I might eve... ...more

By Shirley March 04, 2020

Original review

This book was provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review. Thank you Entangled: Crush!

I Hate You, Fuller James
is a standalone Contemporary Romance about Wren and Fuller.

I Hate You, Fuller James is the first book Ive read by Kelly Anne Blount and wont be the last one... ...more

By Becky March 05, 2020

3.5 stars

Ok first off, how perfect is this cover?! It is a beauty! Second, if that synopsis doesnt give you 10 Things I Hate About You vibes (and you KNOW that is my FAVOURITE movie!!) then I dont know what will!

This is your typical jock-gets-tutored-by-the-nerd-but-then-they-see-there-is-so-much... ...more

By Suz February 27, 2020

He was the reason Id given up on being friends with girls after Marissa, Courtney, and practically every other girl in my class started making fun of me. I couldnt trust that my own gender wouldnt throw me under the bus the next time a guy like Fuller James gave them the opportunity.*

Wren cant st... ...more

By S.M. March 07, 2020

**I received a free copy of this book to read and review for Wicked Reads.**

This is a new author to me and I have to say I absolutely loved this read. I don't read a ton of YA but this one pulled me in from the first page.

We've all seen the this premise before the nerdy girl forced to tutor the... ...more

By Rachel March 10, 2020

3.5 ⭐

Wrentainer. A stupid nickname that stuck since middle school. Given by none other than Fuller James. When Wren has to secretly tutor the most popular guy in school (yup, you guessed it- Fuller) in order for him to play the seasons opening game, shes pleasantly surprised to see a different s... ...more

By Meghan February 13, 2020

This book was received as an ARC from Entangled Publishing, LLC - Entangled: Crush in exchange for an honest review. Opinions and thoughts expressed in this review are completely my own.

This was a treat to read. As I kept reading it, I could not help but be reminded of 10 Things I Hate About You... ...more

By Kate March 22, 2020

really cute young adult, solid debut with strong writing ...more

By Karen March 02, 2020

Good high school story ...more

By Colleen's Conclusions March 02, 2020

One Tree Hill meets Ten Things I Hate about you....

I hate you, Fuller James was a mixture of Ten Things I hate about you and One Tree Hill. It was a cute, fluffy sports romance and I do like the nerd and a jock trope.

I really loved Wrens best friends, they were both so protective and loyal to her... ...more

By Lindy February 19, 2020

My Thoughts:

When I read the synopsis and saw the cute cover for I Hate You, Fuller James, I expected a fun, and cute story. However, I got so much more! I must admit that at the beginning of the story I didn't know if I would enjoy it, because James came across as immature for being a senior in h... ...more

By Tara March 02, 2020

This was an adorable and fun story that I thoroughly enjoyed. This is a story that will undoubtedly put a smile on your face. The pages just flew by.

The characters were very relatable. The author did a great job of showing their personalities through the writing. Both Wren and Fuller had a lot... ...more

By Lauren February 20, 2020

Kelly Anne Blounts I Hate You, Fuller James is the perfect blend of witty and sweet. Its fast-paced, surprisingly empathetic, and is begging to be made into a movie.

Wren Carter hates Fuller James. Shes hated him ever since he embarrassed her at the seventh grade dance and dubbed her Wrentainer.... ...more

By Char (1RadReader59) February 18, 2020

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... ...more

By Shay April 07, 2020

I really liked it! There were a few things that irked me, but overall, I really liked it.

Wren was cute. I like that she was whole she wanted to be. She knew she was a bit nerdy and didn't let others put her down about that.

I'm a bit conflicted on my feelings about Fuller. Obviously, what he did... ...more

By Becky March 10, 2020

Reviewed on my blog, Becky on Books, on 3/10/20.

Cute and fun!

I really liked Fuller and Wren's story. The change in him from his first scene to the last was a bit extreme, but at the same time it was what readers were hoping for and we saw reasons for it, so it didn't seem too out of the realm of... ...more

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Kelly Anne Blount

About the author

USA Today Best Selling Author

Kelly Anne Blount

KELLY ANNE BLOUNT is a USA Today bestselling author of young adult novels. When she’s not writing, she’s probably lost in a book, watching Twilight, snuggling her five furry rescues, or having an adventure with her handsome husband and their darling daughter. After living in a palace in Scotland, across from the Caribbean Sea, and in the snowy land of Wisconsin, Kelly and her family reside in beautiful Asheville, North Carolina. Kelly loves connecting with readers on social media! Stop by and say, “Hi!” or ask a question. You can find her everywhere @KellyAnneBlount.

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