The Hating Game by Sally Thorne | Review

Rating: 5/5 STARS

Pages: 348 Pages

Release Date: 9th August 2016

Goodreads Review: here

Goodreads Blurb:

Nemesis (n.)
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 manoeuvres 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.


I’m not a big contemporary fan. I make this clear by the fact most contemporaries I read get low ratings, not because I didn’t enjoy them but because I got bored of the plot or the romance. The thing is, The Hating Game wasn’t like that at all. I have read this book three times. It is an absolute masterpiece, truly. The fact that this is debut novel as well? Unbelievable.

The story follows Lucy, a tiny girl who is undeniably silly. We follow Lucy through her rivalry with her colleague, Josh (the author has said she pictures him as Liam Hemsworth and swoon). Josh is everything I want and more in a man – which is saying something because your girl has some high standards.

Josh and Lucy both work for publishing companies who were required to merge in order to avoid going out of business completely. The companies were vastly different – one being straight edge and another being more carefree. It is at this publishing company we meet Josh and Lucy, encountering their hate for each other.

The classic hate to love trope follows and I am absolute trash for a well-executed trope (which, this definitely is). This book incorporates that with silly moments, oh so many gloriously silly moments, and sweet moments (still swooning).

Josh is the epitome of the perfect man, with his nickname for Lucy being shortcake and his terrible mustard coloured shirt, what isn’t to love? Lucy can be a little oblivious in some parts which can be a tad annoying, but gosh, I just can’t get enough of this book!

Honestly, Sally Thorne has become an auto-buy because of this particular book. I highly recommend you get your hands on a copy because the sweet moments are perfect when you’re trying to defeat a slump.


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