Author: Sally Thorne
Genre: Contemporary Romance / New Adult
Published: August 9, 2016
Description: 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.
Overall thoughts: I really enjoyed The Hating Game. I tried to read it a few months ago but couldn’t get past the first few pages. The beginning was a lot of background information and I was more interested in other books at the time so I put it down. But I am so, beyond happy that I picked it back up because I loved it. The Hating Game has easily become one of my favorite contemporary novels of all time. (And snaps to Sally Thorne because it’s her debut novel!!!!)
Although, The Hating Game clearly plays into the enemies-to-lovers trope, it doesn’t feel cliche. At all. They “hate” each other but it feels real. I didn’t think the “hate” was irrational and annoying like in similar books that I’ve read. Their banter and communication made the dislike feel natural and understandable to the reader. Plus, who didn’t love the hilarious banter?
Actually, probably the best aspect (in my opinion) about this book is the humor. It was full of witty banter that made me easily fall in love with both the main characters. The dialogue was just so fun to read. This is a book that will definitely make you laugh out loud and has amazing one liners and quotes.
Lucy is an amazing main character. She feels real and I really related with her anxiety and “freaking out” that she deals with throughout the book. I loved how she was driven, ambitious, and confident. However, she was also insecure, lonely, and anxious. She felt like a fully developed character — like someone you truly could meet in real life. Not to mention Lucy’s clothes and smurf collection were just great to read. She was kinda nerdy but in the best way.
Of course, Josh was a great, complex character as well. I loved learning about him as Lucy did, layer by layer. He was flawed but that made me like him more. He was a great balance to Lucy and easily become one of my top #bookboyfriends.
If you’re considering purchasing The Hating Game or are in the market for a great contemporary read… what are you waiting for?! You won’t regret it. It’s a book filled with complex characters, witty banter, and a few plot twists along the way.