The Hating Game – Sally Thorne
Genre: Chick-lit, Romance, Humour, Contemporary
Release Date: September 2017
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.
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.