Book review: The Hating Game by Sally Thorne

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Author: Sally Thorne

Publication Date: August 9, 2016

Publisher: William Morrow Paperbacks

Pages: 363 pp.

Format: Paperback


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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.

“I love him so much it’s like a thread piercing me. Punching holes. Dragging through. Stitching loves me. I’ll never robe able to untangle myself from this feeling. The color of love is surely this robin’s-egg blue.”

There might be spoilers ahead, read at your own risk. 🙂

Lucy Hutton and Joshua Templeman has been a rival since the merger of B & G publishing. They always compete for each other that it became an everyday habit to annoy every move they made.

Lucy HATES Joshua Templeman for being a strict person. Lucy noticed everything about him. His polo patterns, his eyes, and even spying him every time Joshua puts a mark to his planner. While Joshua hates Lucy for being such a nice woman to everyone. He hates her red lipstick, the way she dresses and even he annoys her by giving a nickname shortcake to Lucy.

But, as the competition became firm, they didn’t expect that it would become a reason to know each other.

The Hating Game by Sally Thorne was a really funny read to start. Their banters and their staring game were my favorite. Lucy being a talkative person, her wisecrack words towards Joshua was really funny. In addition to Joshua, though he was a silent type guy, but when he retaliates to Lucy, it was really memorable.

But, the Hating Game started to blur as the story went on. As soon as the announcement of who will become the new COO of the company, their jeering was still there. The competition became high, but it abated as they have their first kissed.

For the characters of Lucy and Joshua, they were both lovable so I couldn’t say any more to them.

And one thing, the last few chapters has been like a little boring.

Yes, a little bit boring. You read it right.

I expected the last few chapters to be like these:

1. Lucy will be able to go to her family. Because to be honest, I really want to meet her family especially her “cool” Dad.
2. To see the competition or presentations of Lucy and Joshua and who will really be the chosen COO.

Though I expected really big to this book, I still enjoy it even if I was not that really satisfied with the ending.



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