Title: The Hating Game
Author: Sally Thorne
Genre: Fiction / Chick Lit /Romance Pages: 387
First published: 2016
Edition: Kindle e-book
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.
So I finally read the world’s favourite chick lit book. Did I like it? Yes. Did I love it? No, and here’s why.
First, the positives. I do like the hate-to-love trope when it’s well done and in this book it is done pretty well. I thought the office setting was pretty fun and the character felt pretty well developed. They felt pretty real. I liked the contrasts between our two main characters, Josh and Lucy.
I think where it did not quite work for me was the interaction between the two characters. Too many times I rolled my eyes at the dialogue or their actions. It was simply too cringey for me at times. Neither Lucy nor Josh’s behaviour made that much sense to me and that was a little frustrating.
I think for me this book suffered from the hype. I had seen it everywhere getting rave reviews and it set my expectations very high. In all honestly, I did enjoy this book; it was a good time, but it did not blow my mind.
5 out of 7 stars