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The Hating Game

3.5  ·  Rating Details ·  523 Ratings  ·  90 Reviews
When Mattie Johns agrees to star on a dating game show to save her ailing recruitment business, she's confident she'll sail through to the end without letting down the perma-guard she's perfected from years of her love 'em and leave 'em dating strategy.

After all, what can go wrong with dating a few losers and hanging out long enough to pick up a juicy 200,000 prize? Plent
Paperback, 320 pages
Published March 9th 2011 by Prospera (first published November 15th 2010)
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Stacia (the 2010 club)
Jul 29, 2012 Stacia (the 2010 club) marked it as did-not-finish
Shelves: chick-lit
Chick Lit, it's nothing personal, but we have to break up.

As much as I would love to be able to read and enjoy every single genre in existence, it's obviously not possible. I'm finding that I'm just not a chick lit kind of girl. I gave it my best shot. There is something about this particular style of story-telling which fails to grab my interest.

I mean, I honestly can't explain why I wouldn't enjoy a story where a woman is conned into participating on a dating game show in which her ex-boyfr
Gabriela Lessa
Nov 25, 2010 Gabriela Lessa rated it really liked it
Talli Roland's "The Hating Game" is all you could expect from a good romantic comedy: fun, light, sweet and highly entertaining. Her story-telling is great (kudos for the stats on the beginning of each chapter, which are hilarious), her characters are lovable and her wit and quick pace turn this book into a real page-turner. It's a must-read for anyone who loves authors like Sophie Kinsella, Helen Fielding and Marian Keyes.
Alexandra Shostak
Dec 03, 2010 Alexandra Shostak rated it it was amazing
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Watch out, Shopaholic, you have some serious competition.

Mattie Johns is in a serious financial bind. After being cheated on by her ex-boyfriend Kyle, the bastard stole most of her small business' clients, leaving her near to bankruptcy. So when a new reality dating show approaches her about appearing on TV, she jumps at the chance to win the 200,000 pound prize money. But what the show doesn't tell Mattie is that rather than dating f
Joanna St. James
Dec 01, 2010 Joanna St. James rated it it was amazing
Mattie takes the word Man- Eater to a different level, in my mind she is now being referred to as the nutcracker. She is like the best of us, hard in the face of unwelcome surprises and betrayal.
Flung into a world of exes and reality TV you can only imagine how hard she will fight back when her back is against the wall, the true test of her strength is revealed when she has to face up to her own flaws and stop whipping others into shape.

Talli Roland has captured the essence of her characters and
Jan 07, 2011 D.J. rated it it was amazing
I was offered the opportunity to read a pre-release copy and found it to be a fabulous indulgence in a The Devil Wears Prada meets The Dating Game sort of way. If you are the sort of person who loves reading while wearing your comfiest clothes, as you sip champagne and work your way through a box of chocolates, then you will love The Hating Game. Treat yourself to a copy of The Hating Game because you're worth it.
Mar 07, 2011 Leah rated it it was amazing
When man-eater Mattie Johns agrees to star on a dating game show to save her ailing recruitment business, she’s confident she’ll sail through to the end without letting down the perma-guard she’s perfected from years of her love ‘em and leave ‘em dating strategy. After all, what can go wrong with dating a few losers and hanging out long enough to pick up a juicy £50,000 prize? Plenty, Mattie discovers, when it’s revealed that the contestants are four of her very unhappy exes. Can Mattie confront ...more
Glynis Smy
Feb 10, 2011 Glynis Smy rated it it was amazing
Jane Green and Sophie Kinsella move over, Talli Roland is in the house!

I do not read many Chick Lit books, but when I have picked up a Green or Kinsella book I have enjoyed them. Having read so many rave reviews about the ebook, The Hating Game by Talli Roland, I decided to buy a copy. I downloaded Kindle for the PC and bought myself a copy of the ebook straight away. (The paperback is out in a couple of months).
The cover is vibrant and begs to be read.

Mattie Johns is a career minded high flying
Jessica Bell
Nov 15, 2010 Jessica Bell rated it really liked it
Talli Roland = Nick Hornby with boobs. 'The Hating Game' knocked my socks right off, and replaced them with a comfy warm foot bath. Reading this book was just as good as a Friday night with pizza, chick flick, and full body massage all at once.

And it wasn't only entertaining. It was different than other chick lit books I've read. It was different because the main character, Mattie, wasn't someone a reader would easily warm to or root for. I didn't get all teary-eyed, or hate what was being done
Nov 28, 2010 Jude rated it it was amazing
Think Blind Date meets Big Brother meets I'm a Celebrity and you've pretty much got the idea of the sort of game show hell Mattie Johns finds herself in.

She's asked to do some embarrassing things during the course of the game show. You expect her to refuse, but she's so determined to save her business she just takes a deep breath and gets on with it. Albeit, with some fabulous putdowns to anyone who annoys her.

I thought I knew how the story was going to unfold but I was wrong-footed by something
Theresa Milstein
Jan 22, 2011 Theresa Milstein rated it it was amazing
"`IF I GET PNEUMONIA, HE'S GOING to pay,' Mattie Johns muttered as she gripped the chains of the dunk- tank swing and looked down into the murky water."

The first scene already had me laughing so I was hooked. The story unfolds seamlessly. When I began the book, it was a busy time for me but I made time to read. I finished it in four days.

At first I found Mattie unlikeable. But even in the beginning, I could detect her vulnerability within her uncompromising exterior. This is a woman who wants
Stephen Tremp
Jun 09, 2011 Stephen Tremp rated it it was amazing
we begin with self-published author extraordinaire Talli Roland and her debut novel The Hating Game, which is also the first Chic Lit book I’ve ever read. Coming into this, I did not know what to expect. Honestly, I was hooked from the beginning. There was never a dull moment. This was a character driven comedy that could easily be made into a two-hour movie for the Hallmark Channel.

The characters were about as diverse as one could imagine. They reached out of the pages and engaged the reader. I
Jennifer Daiker
Jan 30, 2011 Jennifer Daiker rated it it was amazing
Mattie Johns is crumbling to pieces, a man-eater by nature she has sworn of guy after guy before it gets to serious, burned by her last ex she finds not only her heart falling to the ground but her business.

A solution walks into her office, a proposition that Mattie will not refuse. Go on a dating show and win the prize money to save her company. Nothing is as simple as it seems, she soon finds out she's not dating just anyone, she's dating her exes.

Talli Roland left nothing to chance, her writ
Jan 14, 2015 Len rated it it was amazing
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A captivating, unputdownable book! Mattie Johns is an enthralling character that may appear to be tough and vicious outside, a man-eater, and unhappy human being...but I think every woman needs a little bit of that toughness, of her confidence and poise, a vision of strength and inner power even if the reality is she is crumbling inside. Even when she's losing an argument, she makes sure she says something smart in the end, even if it's only a one-word 'Whatever!' You'll both love and hate her, ...more
What a totally refreshing read! A different approach to romance, with the back drop of a reality TV show as the plot.

I really enjoyed this book. It had great pacing, sharp, witty writing and by the end I didn't want to put it down. The author has a great way with words. This story had me giggling, and cringing at the poor things Mattie had to endure.

Mattie is one tough cookie with a chip on her shoulder (if you ask me) but I still found myself empathising with her, realising her mum's brainwash
Jo Schaffer
May 29, 2011 Jo Schaffer rated it really liked it
This was a very fun read! Snarky, hip, humorous,romantic--a page turner! On top of being entertaining I thought it took an insightful look into the heart of someone with "daddy issues" and how it affects her dating, while also making a satirical poke at the "reality TV" epidemic and what we consider "good drama" and the extremes that some shows will go to just for ratings.
I definitely recommend this to anyone who wants an enjoyable read laced with thought provoking "reality".
Karly Kirkpatrick
Dec 07, 2010 Karly Kirkpatrick rated it really liked it
I haven't indulged in chicklit/romantic comedy style books in awhile, but this made me remember why I enjoyed them so much! The Hating Game was very unique, I loved the reality-show based plot and the characters were a lot of fun. And I'm always a fan of books set in England. Well written and a great read, I highly recommend!
Nov 12, 2010 Ann rated it it was amazing
What a delightful read. I was gripped instantly! Anxious to find out what trials and tribulations where in store for Mattie Johns with the turning of each page.

A very cleverly written book filled with witty sarcasm and just the right amount of tenderness. I read this book in three sittings. I would recommend this book to anyone!!!
Jun 03, 2010 Karen marked it as to-read
Oh so exciting to have the cover! And now that I know about the Book Depository I can buy it right off.
Jun 24, 2011 FreeMrBates rated it really liked it
The only sane person in this books was poor Kyle. LOL
Reviewed at

As embarrassing as it is, I’ve always quite liked reality television. If it involves a group of weirdos desperately clinging to their 15 minutes of fame, it’s likely that I’ll be hooked… so when I stumbled upon The Hating Game, a book based around a reality TV show, I couldn’t resist.

The story centres around Mattie Johns, a shrewd business woman who is having a bit of a crisis. Her recruitment company is failing and she’s facing bankruptcy – all thanks to her cheat
Dec 01, 2010 LindyLouMac rated it it was amazing
Talli Roland is a very enterprising young woman that totally understands the importance of publicity. She obviously realises that it is just not enough in the competitive world of publishing to sit back on your laurels and think how well you have done to get a book published! No this young lady has gone out of her way to promote her first novel ‘The Hating Game’, for this alone I hope it succeeds. She writes a blog called Talli Roland is a Goodreads author has a Facebook Page and is also to be ...more
J.L. Campbell
Sep 02, 2011 J.L. Campbell rated it it was amazing
A cash strapped businesswoman gets the chance to be on a dating game show, which will save her from financial ruin. The twist on The Hating Game is that all of the men are her ex-lovers. The main character goes through hell and high water to salvage her business, but discovers that money is not always the bottom line.

Mattie Johns is a tough-as-nails character, who isn’t easy to like. I got past her orneriness because of how much I laughed while reading The Hating Game. She’s mean – no doubt abou
Wee Shubba's World
Orginal Review: Thoughts of a Mad Hatter!

The Hating Game is a great spin on reality TV. I can admit I love reality Tv shows. So this book really appealed to. Talli has took the simple dating game show and twisted it into something fun, exciting and yet dangerous.

The story follows Mattie (our main character). Mattie is almost bankrupt and is getting desperate, so when Nate appears in her office one to with an offer she can't refuse she signed up for a reailty TV show, Thinking it will be an easy
Feb 17, 2011 Jonita rated it really liked it
Mattie Johns prides herself on the fact that she doesn't need a man to survive. She has a strict love- 'em- and- leave- 'em personal philosophy that has worked quite well for her in the past. However when her business starts crumbling because an ex-boyfriend has stolen most of her clients and the bills start piling up, Mattie signs up to be on a dating show where she just has to stick it out for two weeks in order to become the winner of 200,000 GBP. What Mattie doesn't count on is the fact that ...more
Lydia Laceby
Originally Reviewed at Novel Escapes

Rated 3.5 Star

I had anticipated reading The Hating Game since being contacted by Talli Roland about reviewing her debut novel. Loving almost anything reality TV related, the premise of this novel intrigued me and I couldn’t wait to sink my teeth into it, and I wasn’t disappointed. This novel was fast paced, easy to read and frequently amusing. I was eager to discover what was going to happen and was rooting for Mattie to figure everything out.

At times I loved
Lucy Felthouse
Sep 05, 2013 Lucy Felthouse rated it really liked it
When Mattie Johns’ ex left her and took most of the clients of her recruitment business, he put her in real financial trouble. Mattie works hard to get things back on an even keel, but unfortunately, it just doesn’t look like it’s going to happen. Not without a miracle.

So when a TV executive-type comes along, offering Mattie the chance to be on a dating show with prize money of 200,000, she can’t refuse. She has no interest in the dating itself, as she’s off men for good, but the money would sol
May 17, 2011 Agi rated it really liked it
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I have waited soooo long to get this book in my hands, and when I finally got it(thank you, Talli!!!)I was not dissapointed. Although it's a kind of chick lit a little bit different from this what I am used to. Nevertheless, it's interesting. I was never a fan of any reality show, it's just not my world, and reading about it, and how it is organized, and what are the producents doing just to get the viewers, got ma a goose bump. I had some problems to get to warm to Mattie at the beginning, but ...more
Nikki Bywater
Feb 26, 2012 Nikki Bywater rated it it was amazing
Mattie Johns runs a recruitment agency, but things are not going too well for her. When she broke up from her ex Kyle Cook, he had taken almost half her clients when he had set up his own agency. Business was now so bad that Mattie is about to go bankrupt.

Then when Mattie is approached to appear and take part in a brand new TV reality show and is told that the price money is two hundred grand. Mattie sees this as the answer to all her problems and agrees to take part.

Little does Mattie know that
Lucie Wheeler
Feb 04, 2011 Lucie Wheeler rated it it was amazing
What a refreshing read.

Previous to reading The Hating Game, I had been an avid follower of Talli Roland on her blog page. Just by reading her blog you can tell instantly that she has a way with words and is a fantastic writer. I was very much looking forward to reading her debut novel and, well, I was not at all disappointed.

Main character Mattie Johns is a strong, confident woman with a few personal issues. She is in dire financial trouble and is offered the chance to participate in a reality
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Talli Roland writes fun, romantic fiction. Born and raised in Canada, Talli now lives in London, where she savours the great cultural life (coffee and wine).

Despite training as a journalist, Talli soon found she preferred making up her own stories--complete with happy endings. Talli's debut novel The Hating Game was short-listed for Best Romantic Read at the UK's Festival of Romance, while her sec
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