A review by allyexa
The Hate Project, by Kris Ripper

emotional hopeful reflective medium-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? Character
  • Strong character development? Yes
  • Loveable characters? Yes
  • Diverse cast of characters? Yes
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? Yes


I picked up this book after seeing a review flutter by somewhere, because the overview seemed interesting. And as much as I had hoped to just breeze through a predictable romance, I ended up treasuring this tale. Sure, there were some of my favorite tropes (enemies to lovers, meddling snarky grandma), but here also was a main character with severe anxiety paired with a snappy dark humor. His love/hate interest tried to appear at first as an emotionless asshole, but the genius plot device had them literally sorting through years of his and his family’s history. So my heart went out to both of them, and I had to keep reading and reading. But also I didn’t want to read too fast, because the writing was hilarious and smart and full of every insight I didn’t know I needed. 
Strangely, I did try reading the first book in this series, which told the romance of two other people in Oscar’s friend group, but it just didn’t interest me. But this second book stood great on its own.