The Hating Game
1) An opponent or rival whom a person cannot best or overcome
2) A person's undoing
3) Joshua Templeman
Lucy Hutton has always been certain that the nice girl can get the corner office. She prides herself on being loved by everyone at work - except for imposing, impeccably attired Joshua Templeman.
Trapped in a shared office, they've become entrenched in an addict...more
I honestly think 'The Hating Game”' is that kind of book anyone would enjoy – wonderfully written is a very entertaining way, griping from the very beginning and perfect if you love enemies to lovers stories. I’ve read many books with this trope, so trust me when I say Sally Thorne’s debut novel was a great one. More than great actually. It was fabulous! It was fan, entertaining and so refreshing. Needless to say, I devoured this little gem from start to finish.
Warning I'm about to swear a whole fucking lot!
I am so pissed at this book and at all the people who got this book a average 4.24 rating on Goodreads. How!?! Is the author bribing people? Has she held your loved ones hostage!?
The novel follows the relationship of Lucy and Josh rivals in life and the "workplace." I put workplace in brackets because the two leads rarely do anything but stare at each other and play immature games in the same vain as 2 year old boy pulling the hair of a g ...more
Re-read 5/25/19: Realized I hadn't re-read this in 2019 and obvs had to remedy that. I love this book so damn much that I could probably recite it in my sleep. Swooney swoon swoon.
Re-read 12/30/18: I had a mighty need to re-read this so it would be my last read of the year and I clea ...more
I'm currently at work and I cannot, for the life of me, stop thinking about this book. It's only been a day, but I thought about it constantly before I went to bed, whilst in bed. I thought about it on my way to work and now, whilst I'm at work.
It is safe to say that this book will be going on my all-time favourites list. I feel like it's been a while since I loved a book so ferociously, where I t ...more
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Because, in the scheme of things, this book going from a 4.5 star read rounded up to a 3 star read is not all that consequential.
And yet it may be the end of everything, for me, personally, on a personal level.
I DON ...more
Cliche A: the hate-to-love relationship
This is a trope that CAN be done well. If there's a fresh spin. And the characters were likable. Josh was *gasp* secretly in love with her all along, but instead of doing something radical like being nice, he embarks on a third-grader's idea of wooing women. He figuratively flicks boogers in her hair and breaks her crayons.
Cliche B: the sick scene from every shoujo manga
Our plucky heroine is dangerous ...more
What did I love about The Hating Game? Everything. I loved everything about this book. There is nothing better than finishing a book by an author you’ve never read and having this flying high feeling. I feel freaking giddy right now. I listened to the audio and I couldn’t wipe the smile off my face. I got asked why I was in such a good mood more than once over the few days I listened to it. That, my friends, is an epic book!
What do you do when you’re the nice girl at the office w ...more
Full review on my Blog: The Dacian She-Wolf 🐺
I’ve been debating so hard on rating this book because I am really not into chick-lit novels (like, almost at all) and I feel conflicted every time I have to rate one, even though I read the bloody book on my own free will.
But, Jesus, I’m busted now, so what’s the point in hiding behind a finger?
I enjoyed this so fucking much that I just can’t deny it.
I don’t know what’s gotten into me one day, I woke up normally, had an online course that ...more
Causing pleasant feelings of happiness (and silly, stupid tears you can't stop).
By all means, it was not a sad book. On the contrary, The Hating Game was a funny, sweet, adorable, intoxicating office romance about two sworn enemies that fell in love. And I'm crying because it filled me with so much joy, and hope and love my body can barely contain!
“Both love and hate are mirror versions of the same game-and you have to win. Why? Your heart and your ego.”
Josh is ...more
In fact, I loved it so much I started to wonder:
Apparently, I'm really late to The Hating Game party.
Did my friends just not tell me about this one, or did this come out while I was undergoing all that laser hair removal? Dark times, dark times...
At any rate, I ran across this in my ongoing quest to find funny romances that make my heart go pi ...more
i promise to have and hold this book (often taking it off the bookshelf and flipping through it pages), from this day forward, for better or worse (when other books may tempt me or try to lead me astray), for richer or poorer (when i can afford new books, i will reread this first), i promise to love and cherish (it will always have a 5 stars rating), till death do us part.
"I wish I could use my thumbs to pull his mouth into a huge deranged grin. As the police drag me out in handcuffs I'll be screeching, Smile, goddamn you."
Imagine being so riled by someone that you end up thinking things like the above on a near-hourly basis. That is the kind of relationship the male and female lead in this book have with each other. They're the executive assistants to the joint heads of their company, and are forced to share cubicle space right outside their offic ...more
"Strangling you. Bare hands." I can barely get the words out. I'm huskier than a phone-sex operator after a double shift.
"So that's your kink." His eyes are going dark.
Oh, boy did I love those two!! XD
I mean who wouldn’t enjoy reading banter like that? It was amazing and I couldn’t wait to read more about them! I swear their conversations were addicting and I loved the way Lucy narrated the story. I mean seriously! THAT GIRL!!! *lol*
“I’m huski ...more
I just finished reading this book for the second time and aklsjdlakjsa. It was SO GOOD. Lucy and Josh are literally the cutest and I listened to the audiobook this time (which was absolutely fantastic by the way) and ALKSJDLKAJS. THIS STORY IS SO CUTE. I had a smile on my face the entire time I was reading and I love their witty banter and the fact that they work in publis ...more
MY DREAM CAST 😍
I didn't love this. No. I need a stronger word than love.
Obsessed? Infatuated? Giddy? Whatever, take your pick. But Oh My Joshua, I am crazy for everything about this book. The writing, the humor, the lust, the sexual tension, the emotion, the slow delicious burn. This is probably the best enemies to lovers story I have ever read.
Lucy Hutton and Josh Templeman work ...more
📚 1st Reading, August 2017 — 5 Stars
🎧 2nd Reading, February 2020 — 5 Stars
🎧 3rd Reading, September 2020 — 5 Stars
My fangirling might make you cringe, but please don’t rain on my parade. I LOVE THIS BOOK SO MUCH I COULD CRY. And I’m shamelessly admitting that I literally did. The last chapter was so sweet I smiled so big my cheeks hurt. I didn’t mean to get all corny and mushy, but I JUST FEEL LIKE MY HEART IS SO FULL AND I’M ABOUT TO PUKE RAINBOWS.
How is it fair that in all the history of my nin ...more
“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.
Love and hate are visceral.”
Sometimes (but rarely) when I finish a book, I think:
I’d love to read this again.
Like, right now.
Is it too early to already start a reread?
Well, but I want to.
(My tbr-shelf is probably hating me right now)
But... It was so freaking perfect. ♥️
If you want to have a feel-nice-boo ...more
I've been seeing The Hating Game plastered across my Goodreads feed for well over a year now and avoided it solely due to my phase of being constantly disappointed by the majorly hyped books. I could just about slap myself silly for pushing this aside for so many months, because it was worth the hype and much more. While a little slow in the first few chapters, the story quickly takes off once the scene is set and I'm forced to admit something-I have a serious obsession with love to hat ...more
The story revolves around Lucy Hutton and Joshua Templeman, two executive assistants forced together when rival publishing companies merge, making their respective bosses co-CEOs. They spend their days antagonizing each other and verbally sparring. I laughed my ass off listening to thei ...more
Even better the second time reading. Josh and Lucy are too cute and so much fun to hang with. Sigh.
There's a new kid on the Rom-Com scene and her name is Sally Thorne. Holy molly!
This book...aww...this book.
Firstly, the dialogue was insane. Freaking insane. No word was misplaced or unwarranted. All were perfectly placed.
Secondly, the plot. Simple yet riveting. Two colleagues who seemingly can't abide each other but ah.. Thorne makes the premise so fresh you can't but cheer
Re-read #2 (9/2/2019) Hands down the best rom-com book I’ve ever read!! This book brings joy to my life.
I LOVE IT SO FREAKIN MUCH!!
5 shortcake stars!
”I should mention that the ultimate aim of all ...more
The Hating Game gets all the praise in the world. I wanted to see what's up, why is this book so popular, why does everyone love it so much. I found out it had a hate/love relationship plus an enemies to lovers trope as well. I loved those ones so so much.
But The Hating Game became The Problematic Game.
First of all: Since the very first start, our main protagonist, Lucy, comes off as very fatphobic. And she is, you f ...more
I wouldn’t say I fell madly in love with it like most people did but it was fun. That’s about it.
Let me preface this by saying that I wanted to (really) love it. I truly and genuinely did but the fact of the matter is that fluffy contemporary romance novels just aren’t my thing. I tried.
If given the choice, I’d always go for plot-driven books-at least for the most part- ...more
Every book needs to take notes from the way this romance is written. It's exactly the type of detailing that I crave in books like this and i'm SO thrilled I finally got the chance to read this and add to my list of new favorites, even though it wasn't perfect.
The beginning of this book needs to be fleshed out a lot more. We’re told that Lucy haaates Josh, but there’s nothing substantial to back that up, and she kinda just tells the reader HE’S HORRIBLE AND ANNOYING AND I’VE HATED HIM F ...more
"I want to know what's going on in your brain. I want to juice your head like a lemon."
➦This is Sally Thorne's debut novel and I have to say - job well done! I love romcoms and this one certainly hit the spot. A book about two co-workers battling it out in the office. You see, there is an opening for a job which they both want. Let the games begin.
"-What are you imagining? Your expression is filthy."
"-Stangling you. Bare hands."
➦Lucy is a sweetheart and a people pleaser. ...more
I'm not going to write a full review for this, but I do wanna say that one thing in particular really bothered me throughout the entire novel and really, ruined it ...more
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