So, what’s it about?
First Lines Fridays is a weekly — obviously — feature for book lovers hosted by Wandering Words where we dare to ask: What if instead of judging a book by its cover, its author, or its prestige, we judged it by its opening lines? It is a meme that allows us to explore the world of fiction.
I myself judge books by their author, cover, and notoriety. So, seeing people do this challenge for months has had me pick up some pretty amazing books.
How it works?
- Pick a book off your shelf (it could be a current read or on your TBR) and open to the first page.
- Copy the first few lines, but don’t provide any other details about the book just yet — let’s see if it hooks the reader in!
- Finally…reveal the book!
I have a theory. Hating someone feels disturbingly similar to being in love with them. I’ve had a lot of time to compare love and hate, and these are my observations.
The book is The Hating Game by Sally Thorne.
My Rating: ★★★★★
Genre: new adult, contemporary, romance
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.
Even if you hate contemporary novels you need to trust me when I say you’ll love this one. I absolutely adore Sally Thorne, her personality is quirky and her tweets have me giggling. She is also one of the most humble people and truly seems shocked by how popular her book is. I rarely give contemporary books five stars and I very rarely re-read them, both of which I have done for The Hating Game. It is such an adorable book and I need a guy in my life like the love interest (seriously, Joshua Templeman where are you?)
Seriously, pick this up. It will pull you out of whatever slump you may be slipping into.
Happy reading everyone!
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