The Hating Game. Sally Thorne. Romance/Adult/Contemporary. 384 pages. 2016. 5 stars.
“The trick is to find that one person who can give it back as good as they can take it.”
1) An opponent or rival whom a person cannot best or overcome;
2) A person’s undoing;
3) Joshua Templeman.
Lucy Hutton and Joshua Templeman hate each other. Not dislike. Not begrudgingly tolerate. Hate. And they have no problem displaying their feelings through a series of ritualistic passive aggressive maneuvers as they sit across from each other, executive assistants to co-CEOs of a publishing company. Lucy can’t understand Joshua’s joyless, uptight, meticulous approach to his job. Joshua is clearly baffled by Lucy’s overly bright clothes, quirkiness, and Pollyanna attitude.
Now up for the same promotion, their battle of wills has come to a head and Lucy refuses to back down when their latest game could cost her her dream job…But the tension between Lucy and Joshua has also reached its boiling point, and Lucy is discovering that maybe she doesn’t hate Joshua. And maybe, he doesn’t hate her either. Or maybe this is just another game.
Holy crap. Where do I even begin with this review? I think I should put a warning that this review is going to be a bumbling mess because AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA I’m still on a high from this book.
This book would be great for those who loved Rainbowl Rowell, Stephenie Perkins, Morgan Matson, and other cute contemporary romance books!! The Hating Game is everything I ever wanted in a contemporary book. It features characters that piss each other off to no end, they’re coworkers at a publishing company, their arguments are the funniest things I’ve read in a very long time, and the romance totally won me over. I had a feeling that the tension in this book would be worth the build up because it. was. so. good.
Can we start by admiring Lucy Hutton? I love her character so much. She’s quirky, lovable, funsize (she’s 5 feet tall!), and exactly what Joshua Templeman needed. They have the best arguments
“What are you imagining? Your expression is filthy.”
“Strangling you. Bare hands.” I can barely get the words out. I’m huskier than a phone-sex operator after a double shift.
“So that’s your kink.” His eyes are going dark.
“Only where you’re concerned.”
“I’ll drive for a bit.” I hold out my hand.
He shakes his head. “You’re my guest. I’ll drive. You’re tired.”
“Oh, I’m your guest now?” I put as much menace as I can into my walk and he puts both hands behind his back. I smile at him and he smiles back. I’m surprised the pinprick stars above us don’t explode into silver powder. The sadness I caught in his eyes is burned away by a spark of amusement.
“My hostage. My blackmailed, unwilling captive. Stockholm Shortcake.”
Lucy also has a really unique vocabulary as shown below:
“I want to know what’s going on in your brain. I want to juice your head like a lemon.”
I couldn’t find a single thing I hated about this book
except Danny and Anthony. Everything was heartwarming to read and put the biggest smile of my face. Joshua Templeman managed to steal my heart with his weekly shirt codes and planner marks and his cute face and oh my god writing all this makes me want to reread this book all over again. Every girl will want their own Joshua Templeman after reading this, I guarantee it.
I love the Games they play in this book. They play the Staring Game, The Mirror Game, the HR Game, the Or-Something Game, the How You Doing Game, and so on and so forth! It was very fitting for the title to be named after a game that they played as well.
The plot surprisingly doesn’t center around sex at all. With so many books sporting this common trope, it usually takes one path and one path alone (read as: s e x). The Hating Game took a deeper approach to the story as Lucy and Joshua have to compete for a position they both want. We see them bring out different sides of each other without the added factor of sex. We also get to learn about their families!
The writing style was fun and not at all stressful to read. I was able to finish the book within a day, which says a lot given that this is a full-length novel. I couldn’t put it down! I read it every chance I could get. This book was that addicting.
I am so shocked that this is Sally Thorne’s first novel. I’m excited to read more of her work! I immediately marked The Comfort Zone in my to-read shelf after finishing The Hating Game. I can’t wait I can’t wait I can’t wait!