The Hating Game – Sally Thorne
Genre: Chick-lit, Romance, Humour, Contemporary
Pages: 363
Release Date: September 2017
Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️.5/5

Lucy Hutton is the executive assistant to one of the co-CEOs at Bexley and Gamin, a recently merged publishing company. Her co-worker and ‘nemesis’, Joshua Templeman, is the executive assistant to the other co-CEO. Just like the two publishing companies, Lucy and Joshua are complete opposites. Lucy is a Gamin at heart, sweet, caring, people pleaser. Joshua is on the other end of the spectrum, hostile, a little intimidating and he just doesn’t care what anybody thinks of him. The two of them spend their days hating each other, purposely trying to irritate each other with their petty games, each game being a chance to score points against the other person.
In Lucy’s mind the only way to stop this competition is to win, so when their bosses announce that there is an upcoming promotion Lucy is determined to get it…but so is Joshua. They are both more than qualified for the job, which only intensifies their competition. They both have their eye on the prize, but there can only be one winner. Whoever loses will resign, better to resign then have your enemy become your new boss, according to Lucy. But after a confusing, intense kiss in an elevator, everything becomes much more complicated.

This book was a really cute, quick read. I liked the writing style, I thought it was funny and witty. I enjoyed the pace of the book. I feel like the author, Sally Thorne, wrote the hate to love trope nicely. She made sure the relationship between the characters wasn’t so fast paced that the story seemed unrealistic but not too slow that the story fell flat or the reader got bored. It was a slow burning relationship that kept me intrigued throughout. I enjoyed that the story wasn’t just about romance and I like the family elements that were involved, especially Joshua’s family. I also enjoyed how you learn about the characters below the surface, not just about their romantic relationship, you learn about each others family, past relationships and their childhood which I enjoyed reading about.

The story was told from Lucy’s point of view and I really liked her character, I found her to be charming, funny and very melodramatic which added to the humour of the story. I found that the writing style added to Lucy’s dramatic character through the use of exaggerated smilies and metaphors to describe simple things.

‘when the urge to laugh almost knocks me over like an ocean wave’ (pg. 40)

I equally enjoyed Josh’s character, I liked his whole ‘I don’t give a f—k’ vibe and I found it funny how irritating Lucy found him. I liked how well both characters worked together and I thought that the transition from hate to love was very smooth and even when they hated each other, their energies bounced off each other very well and the dialogue always flowed nicely. I like that Lucy is more or less the only person who really understands Josh and I like how Josh gives Lucy confidence.

Overall, I found this book to be very quick, light-hearted, cute and it got me out of a reading slump :). It was filled with many laugh out loud moments and I would recommend this book if you enjoy a fun romance.

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