REVIEW: The Hating Game by Sally Thorne

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“Both love and hate are mirror versions of the same game - and you háve to win. Why? Your heart and your ego. Trust me, I should know.”

Back of the book blurb:

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.

Chase's thoughts:

Publication Date: August 9, 2016
Publisher: William Morrow
Pages: 363
ISBN: 9780062439598

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My rating:

“Books were, and always would be, something a little magic and something to respect.”

            The Hating Game by Sally Thorne is one of the best books I’ve ever read. I feel like we should start there. I have so many things I want to say about this book, and I’m not sure I’ll be able to get them all out eloquently. I kind of just want to scream at everyone to read this book. I want to physically put this book in my loved one’s hands and watch them read it.

            Lucy Hutton and Joshua Templeman are sworn enemies. Ever since Lucy’s first day of work where Joshua looked her up and down and then looked at the window, they’ve been out to get each other. They play ridiculous games with each other, and according to Lucy, the first person to laugh, or cry, loses. And when a promotion is on the horizon, the stakes are as high as ever.

“I type my password: IHATEJOSHUA4EV@. My previous passwords have all been variations on how much I hate Joshua. For Ever. His password is almost certainly IHateLucinda4Eva.”

            One of the best things about this book is its sharp wit and humor. I laughed so much during The Hating Game, I’m sure it sounded weird when the house was quiet and all you could hear was me laughing in my bedroom. Lucy Hutton is an incredible protagonist who might not take things too seriously, especially when it comes to love, but she has a heart of gold and a beautiful brain. I want to be her best friend.

            It’s funny, because like I said, Lucy doesn’t take things too seriously and it can be extremely frustrating and I’m just like… oh my god. Is that how people see me when I joke about literally everything?

“I’m probably not good at a lot of things, but I will try to be.”

            Oh, Joshua Templeman. You’re now one of my top book boyfriends. Josh is tall, masculine, and absolutely amazing. And the best part about him? It’s so easy to tell that he doesn’t hate Lucy Hutton. Not one bit. Not even at all. Sally Thorne does an incredible job of Lucy and Josh figuring out their relationship because they both have hang ups and it’s just… wow. It never gets annoying and it’s always entertaining.

            There’s this one line that Josh says at the end of the book, and I can’t wait for you guys to read it because it instantly made me sob. It was just the perfect thing to say and ugh. I need me a Josh Templeman. Where you at?!

“I want to know what’s going on in your brain. I want to juice your head like a lemon.”

            Sally Thorne is an expert at showing the thin line between love and hate. She gets that each require an incredible amount of passion. The enemies to lovers trope is one of my favorites and The Hating Game pulled it off with elegance and beauty.

            Please, please pick up The Hating Game. If I had known about this book sooner, I would’ve bought it as soon as it came out. I’m just so happy that I found it. I will forever cherish it and I want all of you to do the same.

Happy Reading!
The Wandereader

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