The Hating Game by Sally Thorne
William Morrow: August 9, 2016
Source: Free From Publisher
The Hating Game is an absolutely delightful contemporary romance, which is an unusual pick for me, but one I do not regret since it is one of the best contemporary romance novels that I’ve read in a long time. If you’re in the mood for something light yet smart and sassy, The Hatting Game is a must read.
Lucy Hutton and Joshua Templeman work together. Both are assistants to two CEOs of a publishing house that has merged and it was not an amicable amalgamation. For Lucy and Josh it was pretty much hate at first sight. Lucy tried to befriend Josh and when that didn’t work, the hating game was born. When you sit across from your mortal enemy each and every day it’s quite natural to turn your mutual animosity into a childish game. However, things start to change when both Lucy and Josh are considered for a new position within the company. The best person might win, but it just might be at the expense of a newfound romance.
What to say about The Hating Game? There is so much to love about this book. It’s funny (the exchanges between Josh and Lucy are fab), it’s romantic, and it’s set in a publishing house. I can’t do the book justice on how much fun I had reading this book. I need more books like this one in my life. A big part of what makes The Hating Game a fun read is the character of Lucy. Since the book is narrated exclusively in Lucy’s perspective she needed to be a strong yet perceptive character, and this is exactly the kind of character that she is. Lucy’s quirky and emotional, which is the exact opposite to the seemingly robotic Josh. Soon both readers and Lucy come to realize that there’s more to Josh than initially apparent. Josh might not be a ray of sunshine but he’s there for Lucy when it counts.
What strikes me as odd now that I’ve finished the book is the fact that there wasn’t much happening in the book. Other than the competition for the job, there isn’t a lot of plot driving the momentum of the book forward. And that’s okay. The author really focuses on the character of Lucy and her interactions with Josh and it is their relationship, in it’s ups and downs, that keeps the book flowing. I was never bored while reading The Hating Game and I loved that the author really focused on how and why Lucy’s perspective of Josh changed throughout the book. The Hating Game is a more subtle romance than most, mainly because readers have no real idea of what’s going on in Josh’s head, but instead of coming across as lacking, I found the romance to be rather fleshed out. This is exactly the kind of romance that I want to read about.
If you’re looking for a lighthearted and funny read look no further than The Hating Game. While the premise might sound childish, the content is anything but. Sally Thorne will be an author to watch for.
If you liked Josh’s more icy persona as well as the one-person p.o.v. that Thorne writes in, I highly recommend checking out All I Ever Wanted by Kristan Higgins. Higgins’ romance feature a likable woman whom forms a tendre for a straitlaced veterinarian. The road to romance is not a smooth one, but it is a funny one.
If you liked the character of Lucy you will find much to appreciate of Sophie Kinsella’s Emma in Can You Keep a Secret? This is a fun and charming contemporary romance and while the hero isn’t quite a Josh, the overall tone of the story reminds me of The Hating Game.