The Hating GameBook: The Hating Game
Author: Sally Thorne
Format: Paperback
Source: Library
Publisher: William Morrow Paperbacks / HarperCollins Canada
Release Date: August 9, 2016
Genre:  Contemporary Romance


My rating: 5 stars FAVOURITE BOOK OF 2017 SO FAR!



Nemesis (n.)
1) An opponent or rival whom a person cannot best or overcome;
2) A person’s undoing;
3) Joshua Templeman.

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.


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This book was hyped. I saw it on Facebook and Twitter and Instagram. Months after I started seeing the hype, I finally requested it from my library.

It was worth the hype.

It really was. I borrowed it from the library and am planning on buying a copy for myself so I can read it again before summer is over. This book is full of wonderful moments, scenes that work perfectly to enhance the story and build the characters’ awareness of themselves and each other. The dialogue is snappy, bright, and masterfully blended.

The Hating Game is hands-down my favourite read of 2017 so far. It was hilarious. It was sweet. It was romantic. It was smart. It was witty. It was perfectly paced.

Shall I go on?

Lucy sits across from Joshua and despises him. They watch each other Monday through Friday, nine to five. Their companies merged and they are forced to work alongside one another for bosses who hate each other too. They have completely different working styles. Lucy is loved by all. Joshua is hated by all. It’s the perfect set up for a fantastic romantic comedy. What happens when the game changes? A wonderful, satisfying romance.

Full of well-developed characters with fun quirks, The Hating Game is worth whatever price you have to pay to have it on your shelf. I loved Lucy. I loved Joshua. I  loved the misunderstandings and the stupid arguments. This book is a perfect romantic comedy, complete with hilarious backfiring plans, tender moments, and sneaky surprises. Along with the comedy, the characters grow and develop.

I could not put this book down. I kept sneaking glances at it while waiting impatiently for my lunch break. I read it while my husband drove us to work in the morning, and I read it when I should have been doing things like folding laundry.

If you haven’t read The Hating Game  yet, don’t wait, go pick it up now. I’m going to.

Have you read The Hating Game? What did you think?

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