She's the girl he doesn't want but has to have
Fear is just an emotion that I know I cannot shakeSarah Danes was the new girl at Maddison High School and was was running from her past. The scars she carried constantly reminded her of what she'd suffered, but she was determined to move on. If only the boy who ruled the school corridors didn't hate her so much.
I played, I taunted, and I went in for the killAdam Hudson was the Captain of the school football team and the boy that every girl in the school wanted. He was also the one they feared, but now Sarah Danes was in his sights. Now she was the girl he wanted to break - before she broke him.
Girl meets boy
Girl hates boy
Boy hates girl
And we all know what happens next…Hate Struck a story of secrets, lies and fear
This book is based in a British high school and ends on a cliffhanger and may contain triggers with mentions of suicide, rape and violence. There are also some scenes of bullying
4.5 I did not see that coming stars 😯
Nikki took the plunge and wrote something different to her usual Rom-com and it paid off. I love the fact that Nikki Ashton who is a British author keeps it British, the people, the places, the mannerisms, the vocabulary.
Hate Struck is a bully romance, the characters, the High school are based in the North of England.
Straight away even in the prologue you are thrust into the darkness that parts of this book contains when Sarah's mother discovers her daughter after she had tried to commit suicide, then the nightmare of discovering her daughter had also been sexually abused by a school teacher.
I thought this part of the book although gripping would have been more effective told in first person from her mother, her thoughts and feelings, the anguish, from her point of view, however it was told in third person so it felt more like a story and didn't pull you in as much with the character.
The rest of the book is told in Sarah or Adam's pov.
Both characters have a backstory of abuse, Adam was the victim of physical abuse by one of her mother's boyfriends from the age of nine which continued until he was old enough to defend himself. Adam is an angry teen with a huge chip on his shoulder, his mother's failings to protect him are still a sore point and he continues to hold a grudge and can't let go from what he endured in his childhood.
The bullied evolves into a bully.
This is Adams story and although his actions are at times vulgar especially with girls, he's also the kind of character you grow to like as he begins to change as the story develops and his relationship with Sarah changes to one of kindred spirits, to understanding, to more.
There's a twist of fate in Hate Struck, it's sweet then it suddenly turns bitter and the cliffhanger is one I definitely didn't see coming.
I will be eagerly awaiting the conclusion to Adam and Sarah's story.