4/27/2021 0 Comments
The Hate Project by Kris Ripper
Happy Book Birthday to this gem of a book! The Hate Project was so awkward, sweet, funny and completely unique! I loved Oscar’s dark sense of humor and the unsentimental way this book dealt with mental health issues. And ‘The Motherfuckers’ were the best group of friends/found family ever!
This is the second novel in The Love Study series about a college group of friends calling themselves ‘The Motherfuckers’, but it can well be read as a standalone as each book focuses on different persons from the group and their problems and relationships. This time, focus was on Oscar, who is dealing with some serious issues with anxiety and depression, and who is terrified of relationships. When he gets fired from his job, one of the Motherfuckers set him up to help his friend Jack clean out his grandparent’s house, which is a lot of work considering that the grandfather was a hoarder. Jack also has some serios emotional baggage with trust issues after a bad divorce, and the two men develops a grumpy, frenemies, bickering relationship spiced with some extra benefits… but what should be just casual sex soon develops into something more that threatens Oscar carefully built-up walls to keep him functioning.
The Hate Project was such a sweet, funny, and incredibly unique story! I loved the unsentimental way in which Oscar’s mental health problems were described and how he was allowed to be totally himself at all times; grumpy, acting out, getting panic attacks and lacking social skills, but still being such an adorable and wonderful person and having such a strong network of supporting friends in The Motherfuckers. And Jack stole my heart from the very start. Not to mention his grandmother, Evelyn was hilarious, strong-willed and simply amazing!
The writing style was very light and easy even though the story dealt with a lot of heavy topics, and the dark sense of humor and the bickering between all characters made it such an enjoyable and fun read. Some things that Oscar did were so awkward, and sometimes I wanted to shake some sense in him and stop him from throwing away what’s good in his life, but this was part of what made this story so real, refreshing and addictive.
All in all, this is one of the sweetest stories about the love of found families I’ve ever read. It’s also such a real and honest story about navigating life with social anxiety, depression and mental health treatments. But most of all, it’s a heartwarming story about finding love, friends and happiness. Even if it presents itself in a grumpy way…
Thank you to Carina Press and NetGalley for the ARC and blog tour invitation for this wonderful book! All opinions are my own and I am leaving my honest review voluntarily.
4.5 adorkable stars rounding up to 5
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