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Loathe at First Sight

3.18  ·  Rating details ·  2,354 ratings  ·  639 reviews
Melody Joo is thrilled to land her dream job as a video game producer, but her new position comes with its share of challenges. Namely, an insufferable CEO and a team that consists of mostly male co-workers who make the term “misogyny” pale in comparison to their obnoxious comments. Then there’s the infuriating—yet distractingly handsome—MBA intern Nolan MacKenzie, a.k.a. ...more
Paperback, 368 pages
Published August 18th 2020 by Avon
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I actually really enjoyed this! I will say don’t go into this book expecting it to be fully romance & a hate to love story because honestly I don’t think it is.
It’s more about a woman working in a field dominated by men & having to prove herself time and time again. It’s got a ton of misogyny in it and honestly horrible men but you will root for the main character, Melody to stick it to these men over and over.
It does have some romance in it but it’s not the forefront of the book at all, I thi
destiny ♡⚔♡ [howling libraries]
DNF @ 51%

The good: this story has a realistic portrayal of what life is like for many women, especially women of color, in the game development industry, even down to the ways the women themselves are almost always blamed for the harassment they receive.

The bad: I didn't enjoy the writing itself, Melody's character, the total lack of chemistry between Mel and Nolan, or Melody's parents being raging assholes for comedic effort (like when she calls them out on being rude to Liftr/Uber drivers
Nilufer Ozmekik
May 18, 2020 rated it it was ok
I think I got why the author named this book like this: because a few chapters later I started to loathe the chapters I’m reading and wanted to put those male colleagues into spit bath. I haven't read something hateful and irritating for so long!

This is my second rodeo with the author! (She only wrote two books so that means I looked like a devoted fan! But both books are received as ARC copies. I was so lucky I guess!) I had hard time to connect with Perfect Escape’s characters and post-apocaly
CWs under the spoiler tag. I strongly believe that CWs will help readers prepare for the potentially upsetting content. If you don't want spoilery details, I think it's important to know that racist/misogynistic online harassment is a significant subplot (if not the central storyline) of LOATHE AT FIRST SIGHT.

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Nenia ✨️ I yeet my books back and forth ✨️ Campbell
An enemies to lovers romance ABOUT VIDEOGAMES????!!!!!!!!



May 18, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2020-releases
September 19, 2020: This is what happens when a book isn't marketed correctly. I'm a little disappointed but the humour and discussions in this story are worth giving it some positive points. Review to come some day.

May 19, 2020: I'm ready to see how Melody navigates this misogynistic world of working for video games. Thank you, Books Forward for the digital review copy!
Katie B
3.5 stars

I think reading a few reviews before I started this one helped as I had a heads up this book wasn't going to be a strong enemies to lovers romance so I was able to change my expectations a bit. And while there were some definite issues, overall my feelings are more positive than negative about the book.

Melody Joo has recently landed a job as a video game producer. This is her first time working in the industry and her job is even more difficult given how sexism runs rampant at the compa
Sep 29, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: romance, asian
I received an ARC of this book for free from Books Forward in exchange for an honest review.

So first off, this book is Own Voices (Korean American). I was happy to see that since this book is about gaming, which is typically a white male dominated field.

The title of the book is a little misleading. Loathe at First Sight implies that this is an enemies to lovers romantic comedy. In actuality, there was not much of that. The romantic storyline was not the main focus of the book and the two chara
Larry H
Aug 22, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arc
3.5 stars.

When your workplace is in chaos, the last thing you can handle is a workplace romance. At least that's the case in Suzanne Park's fun rom-com, Loathe at First Sight .

Melody Joo thinks she’s landed the perfect job as a producer at a video game company, but she learns quickly how wrong she is. The CEO is a petulant jerk, her male coworkers are sexist (and a bit racist), and there’s even a handsome yet insufferable intern, who happens to be the boss’ nephew and seems to get all of the
Suzanne Park
Jul 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
Lily Herman
May 14, 2020 rated it it was ok
I hope you've got your morning brew and a comfy chair because I have lots! to! say!

Suzanne Park's Loathe at First Sight is an interesting journey into the world of video game production. It's obvious that Park did a ton of research into how that the mechanics of that industry work, and Melody Joo was a really fun, self-aware, and pithy protagonist.

I'd say the biggest problem with this one has nothing to do with the book itself but the marketing. Between the title and the official description, it
Janet Rundquist
Feb 16, 2020 rated it it was amazing
So much to love about this book. I loved Melody so much, who works her butt off to prove herself in a profession dominated by white males: the gaming industry. It was easy to share all of the emotions of frustration and anger of the racist, misogynistic environment of Melody's workplace because it was all spot on. And then, those victory moments came when I wanted to high five Melody because she is all kinds of smart, savvy, and funny. TBH, I think the title is misleading because while there is ...more
Lacey (laceybooklovers)
Enemies to lovers? Video games? Office romance? I need.
Aug 07, 2020 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ugh
I so wanted to love Loathe at First Sight, a rom-com/chick-lit read featuring a Korean American mc *and* set in the cutthroat (and renowned den of toxic masculinity) set in the gaming development community. But everything felt so scripted: the mc is quirky! but also kind of a doormat who has to learn to really stand up for herself with her friends, family, her job, and herself! It's like every box of stereotypes you could check was brought out and crossed off and what could have and should have ...more
dnf @ 30% | not for me.

I feel like I was click-baited by the marketing for this book... I went in expecting an enemies-to-lovers office romance (you can tell just from the title alone...) but it wasn't that at all. It had so much potential too, it's so nice to have a Korean-American female character (Melody Joo) navigating a male-dominated industry, but I couldn't keep reading because I found some content upsetting which hindered me from enjoying the book.

So far, I wasn't liking any of the char
anna ✩
May 07, 2020 rated it it was ok
I'm so sad to only be giving this book 2 stars, I was genuinely so excited for it and always thought I would love it. An enemies to lovers story featuring a female Korean-American main character who works as a video game producer sounded right up my alley and like something that we definitely needed in the book world.

However, I feel Loathe at First Sight can be a bit misleading at first glance. Despite having the perfect enemies to lovers title, it isn't really an enemies to lovers story. In fa
Jan 19, 2021 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
2.5/5 Stars

This wasn't a bad book, I actually appreciated how many important themes it deals with, but it's just not what I was looking for.

I went into this book thinking it was going to be a romance set in the workplace, which in this case is a video game company. Well, it wasn't exactly that. The novel is very focused on work and it explores themes such as double standards, how women are perceived in the gaming world, and also stalking. I believe these parts were very well done and even thoug
Feb 08, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Besides being funny and romantic, which it absolutely is, LOATHE AT FIRST SIGHT gives us a smart heroine who's easy to love. Melody Joo is a video game producer new to her job at Seventeen Studios. Early on, she jokes with a female coworker about fighting the patriarchy by making a video game about male strippers in a post-apocalyptic world. Although she was only kidding, before she knows it, the idea's been passed to the board of Seventeen Studios, and it's quickly named their next big thing. M ...more
Read to 55% and then skipped to 85% and read to the end.

I loved that cover and the synopsis and expected an idiots to lovers office romance with banter galore. This was none of those things.

I liked Melody well enough. She’s sassy and tenacious. I’m not really sure why she got into the gaming industry as there are a few mentions of her not playing or being “a noob”. I guess she just wanted to try it? Nolan felt like a cardboard cutout. He read like a teenager, when he’s a year older than Melody
Whitney Schneider
Aug 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I read an early version of this book and loved it! It’s an empowering read with charming characters and a lot of comedy! I couldn’t help but root for Melody as she tackled creating a video game in her male-dominated workplace. Suzanne Park does a great job of creating a realistic character anyone can identify with, and she kept me laughing the entire time. I can’t wait for this to hit shelves so I can read it again!
Fadwa (Word Wonders)
DNF @ 35%

I really really tried, but this is yet another book that did not work for me this month. I wanted to love it but the MC's voice as well as the way she perceives/talks about everyone around her starting getting on my nerves. This book just wasn't for me, I guess.
Guylou (Two Dogs and a Book)
Loathe at First Sight

📚 Hello Book Friends! LOATHED AT FIRST SIGHT by Suzanne Park was a fun read. I love the main character Melody Joo. She is a strong, quirky, mouthy woman, and yet, she has her insecure moments. The story is about her trying to make it in the video gaming world and being repeatedly thrown under the bus by her boss. She will face many adversities because she is a thriving woman in a man dominated industry, but she does not give up. Add to the mix an office romance, overbearing parents, and the resp

I was really excited to start Loathe at First Sight by Suzanne Park because 1 - there aren't many books (especially romance) centered around the gaming industry, and 2 - I love a good romcom, especially around the holidays. But the romance kind of takes a backseat in this story, and it is really more about sexism and misogyny in the workplace. I really couldn't believe everything that Melody had to put up with, and I felt so bad for her throughout the book. There is definitely some humor th
CW (The Quiet Pond) ✨
This definitely had an unsteady start for me, but over time... I actually found myself enjoying it, interested to see what would happen next.

- Follows Melody, a video game producer who has to grapple with misogyny and sexism in the gaming industry when producing a joke-turned-high-profile game - all while slowly falling in love with her company's intern.
- This is an entertaining book that also challenges sexism, misogyny, trolling, and what it means to succeed as a woman of colour in a very whit
Feb 19, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I was so excited to receive an early copy of this book and it did not disappoint! I laughed...a LOT. Suzanne Park's novel is effortlessly funny and entertaining, while also fully immersing readers in the world of tech & gaming (the good and the terrible). I couldn't help but root for Melody, who was brave and messy and wonderful. My heart ached reading about the alarming sexism and racism she experienced simply by trying to do her job. There were some turns at the end I didn't see coming. I look ...more
Jen Ryland
Aug 12, 2020 marked it as setting-aside-for-now  ·  review of another edition
Like Suzanne Park's recent YA, The Perfect Escape, Loathe at First Sight isn't really as advertised. (I liked The Perfect Escape even though it really had nothing at all to do with zombies, which was okay with me.)

Loathe at First Sight? That title + this cover suggests to me a hate-to-love rom com.

A mismatch between a book's cover and description vs its actual content is not super helpful for matching the book with the right reader. Or giving a reader the right expectations.

To me, Loathe at Fir
May 01, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Fast-paced and funny, LOATHE AT FIRST SIGHT is a rom-com that doesn't shy away from serious issues. The protagonist Melody is a new employee at a gaming company who often finds herself trotted out for the company's diversity initiatives, both because she's a woman and because of her Korean heritage. When she becomes lead producer on a game catering to women gamers (a game that she came up with as a satiric joke), she quickly becomes the target of an online smear campaign. The abuse leveled again ...more
laurel [the suspected bibliophile]
Trigger Warning: Sexism, Racism, Harassment, Doxxing, Discrimination

Melody Joo has made a drastic career change, leaping the opportunity to get into the world of video game producing. But she's not prepared for the level of intersectional racism and misogyny leveled at her from all sides—from her famous boss to her coworkers to her team. When a joke idea to a female coworker is overheard and stolen by her boss as a last-ditch effort to the higher ups, Melody is thrown into the game as lead produ
A Million Books
May 02, 2020 rated it it was ok
Shelves: romance, 2020
TW: Doxxing, toxic work environment, harassment, online bullying

I had HUGE hopes for this book. The gaming industry + a cute romance + a game that sounded absolutely amazing + defeating sexism in an industry where it is rampant? SIGN ME UP!

I dove in almost as soon as I got an eARC from the wonderful folks at HarperCollins International - I simply couldn't resist.


1) Melody's parents were HORRIBLE, and she was
Isabel (The Reader & The Chef)
*Huge thanks to Books Forward PR for the eARC! All opinions are my own.*

Suzanne Park has officially become one of my favorite contemporary authors, I loved reading Loathe At First Sight! ❤️✨ It was funny, witty, feminist, nerdy and just absolutely amazing. I had recently read The Perfect Escape (also from Suzanne) and I enjoyed reading it so much that I was thrilled to find out about her next work: Loathe At First Sight.

Omg, where do I begin?!! Melody is so cool, a true inspiration. When she nai
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Suzanne Park is a Korean-American writer who was born and raised in Tennessee. In her former life as a stand-up comedian, she was a finalist in the Oxygen Network's "Girls Behaving Badly" talent search, and appeared on BET's "Coming to the Stage." Suzanne was also the winner of the Seattle Sierra Mist Comedy Competition, and was a semi-finalist in NBC's "Stand Up For Diversity" showcase in San Fra ...more

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