⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ This grew on me big time

Enemies

You know, I wasn’t sure I was loving this in the beginning. With a title like “Enemies,” I was expecting it to be intense from the start, with a slow build from hate to love. That’s really not how this story goes, and I am completely okay with that, because it is beautifully written. This is much more a story about grief and pushing past the things in life that have hurt you. Our hero doesn’t enter the scene until about 20% of the way in, but once he does, I fell for this book – and him.

The story follows Dusty, a college student who has just transferred to a new school following a mysterious “incident” back home. She’s sort of a social outcast, and finds herself living with the Mean Girls of the school in a party house, which is the opposite of what she was hoping for. The move is good for her in some ways, but she knows exactly one person in town… and hates him. Stone and Dusty were neighbors growing up, friends until middle school when things changed. Now the only thing Dusty feels for Stone is hate, and it doesn’t help that he’s turned into a football superstar who doesn’t seem to like her any more than she does him. As Dusty’s life continues to spiral out of control, her one anchor is the guy she swore she’d hate forever.

The writing style is so unique, flowing easily and reading very quickly. It’s angsty and emotional with some heavy moments that are broken up by the chemistry and history between Stone and Dusty. My biggest complaint about the book – and it is kind of a big one – is that there’s not enough Stone. 95% of the book is told from Dusty’s perspective, so Stone’s feelings are left up to the reader’s interpretation. It’s very much Dusty’s book, but Stone is really what made me love the story. My 5-star rating leaned towards a 4 at times because I just wanted MORE Stone, but ultimately the story was just too good not to give it the highest mark. I’ll definitely be reading more by this author in the future, because it was poignant, intense, and emotional with a relationship that’s complex but still worth fighting for.

Enemies by Tijan. My rating: 5 of 5 stars

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