Alex’s Review of “The Hating Game” by Sally Thorne

About Alex’s Review of “The Hating Game” on The Book Brontosaurus

I didn’t know anything about Sally Thorne or “The Hating Game” but it kept popping up all over my social media and I felt like it was a sign if I kept seeing it every where I looked.” – Alex

Book Cover of The Hating Game

Book Information:

Title: The Hating Game
Author: Sally Thorne
Page Count: 369
Release Date: August 9, 2016
Publisher: HarperCollins


“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.”

Overall Rating and Review Blurb

5 Tree Star Rating
The Hating Game get 5 Tree Stars.
I adore this book and it got me out a pretty big reading slump that I was having. Get ready to fall in love with Lucy and Josh.

Readabilty: 5
Plot: 5
Characters: 5
Wow Factor: 5

Book Review for “The Hating Game”

First Impressions (First Chapter Thoughts)

I had a bit of a book hangover from “Crescent City” and was having a bit of a hard time getting into anything until suddenly this book kept popping up on TikTok and bookstagram. I gotta say I was pretty intrigued as this is an enemies to lovers book which is right up my alley. This book had me hooked from the start. I wanted to learn all about why Lucy and Joshua hated each other. The banter between the two was already so good and it was only the first chapter. I already knew I was going to love them.

Thoughts While Reading

Once I started this book there was no stopping me. It’s the type of book you stay up way too late to finish. I loved the way that Sally Thorne wrote her scenes and the detail in them made me feel like I was really there experiencing things with Lucy and Josh.

“Books were, and always would be, something a little magic and something to respect.”

“The Hating Game”, Sally Thorne

Anytime the protagonist has a love for books like me, I always feel like I can relate to them more. We share a common appreciation for the finer things in life. (Books, the finest things). Seeing Lucy work at a publishing company made my heart so happy. Growing up I wanted to work with books and a publishing company would have been amazing. 

“The plight of the little humans. There is no dignity for us in this oversize world.” 

“The Hating Game”, Sally Thorne

At a whopping 4’ 11”, I related to Lucy so much. Not only did she love books as much as I did but she was also short! Josh was a giant,  just like my husband who doesn’t have short girl problems. Never able to reach the top shelf.

“The energy that usually lashes ineffectively inside each of us now has a conduit, forming a loop of electricity between us, cycling through me, into him. My heart is glowing in my chest like a bulb, flashing brighter with each movement of his lips.”

“The Hating Game”, Sally Thorne

The romance in this book was swoon worthy. As someone who is shy and anxious I loved learning that Josh was also really shy and that Lucy got him out of his shell and pushed him. The slow build to them falling in love was totally worth it. 

Final Thoughts

All in all this book made me fall in love with Lucy and Josh while leaving me very happy by the end of it. This will definitely be reread very soon because I loved it so much.  I would recommend it to anyone in the mood for a great contemporary romance.

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