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The Shortest Distance Between Love & Hate


What happens when you fall in love with your worst enemy?

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Paisley and Carter are on the fast-track to becoming a couple. The two met at a party first week of freshman year and immediately hit it off. But things take a left-turn when Paisley finds out she’s crossed paths with Carter before: He used to viciously bully her best friend, Henry, in middle school. Love story OVER. But fate has other plans…

Can Paisley enact revenge on Carter on her friend’s behalf? Can Carter convince Paisley he’s not really that bad of a guy?

In The Shortest Distance Between Love and Hate, Sandy Hall has created a delightful battle of wills between two teenagers who discover that there’s a thin line between two of our most powerful emotions.


I can’t stop thinking about that kiss.

It was a whopper of a kiss. Full of electricity and chemistry. The kind of thing you usually only hear about in movies.

But I guess it was a one-time thing. I need to come to terms with the fact that Paisley and I aren’t destined to be together.

When it’s time to leave, she doesn’t even look at me. Just gathers her things and heads out the door.

I do the same, making sure to stay ten paces behind her the whole walk to the dorm.

I guess that’s what this has come to.


"Well, this was a roller coaster of emotions. ... I was all in from the first till the last page." —Diary of a Wannabe Writer

"Who doesn’t love a good enemies-to-lover romance? ... A fun and enjoyable read." —Kourtni Reads

"The Shortest Distance Between Love & Hate caught my attention because it's a college-set YA, which is honestly something we need more of. ... [Will] have you laughing out loud." —Magical Reads

Sandy Hall:

"Told from the perspectives of a diverse group of seniors... Hall adeptly balances seven different voices without using stereotypical teen tropes. ... Highly recommended for all teen collections." —School Library Journal on A Prom to Remember

“Romance with a twist.” —Booklist on A Little Something Different

"It’s sweet. It’s adorable. It’s full of emotions. It’s one of the best romances I’ve ever read, and I’ll be reading this one again multiple times." —Here's to Happy Endings on Been Here All Along

“Fun and original, [Signs Point to Yes] has an authentic teen voice with plenty of charm.” —School Library Journal on Signs Point to Yes