The Hating Game

The Hating Game

Book - 2016
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For Lucy Hutton and Joshua Templeman, executive assistants to the CEOs of newly merged Bexley-Gamin Publishing, it's hate-at-first-sight. So begins a series of daily passive-aggressive maneuvers, including the staring game, the mirror game, and the HR game, each played with the intensity of the Hunger Games. Their mutual antipathy grows when a new executive position opens at Bexley-Gamin, and both their bosses put their names up for the promotion. Then, the high-stakes games begin! After another 60-hour work week, Lucy logs off her computer and hops on the elevator to head home, as does Joshua. When Joshua hits the emergency button and stops the ride, Lucy is certain her nemesis is going to kill her. Instead, he plants a kiss on her, and Lucy begins to wonder if she really does hate Joshua after all, or if this is yet another game. --
Publisher: New York : William Morrow Paperbacks, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers, [2016]
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9780062439598
Branch Call Number: F Tho


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Sep 28, 2020

Meh...The whole thing felt forced, and the two leads are boneheads. Some cute dialogue, but overall, predictable and lacking tension.

Sep 03, 2020

It took me several days to get past the first chapter and when I finally got to chapter two it was a relief. The main character just drones on and on and on about herself and her coworker, whom she hates. She described her office and the merger in detail and I kept waiting for the story to get to the point. I think I got as far as the fact that she knew what color shirts he was going to wear and how they glared at each other, thinking of ways to get at each other's throats and I was done. I mean, I already know how it ends, and I knew that even before I turned to the last page to see if I was right (I was-big surprise!). Books like these are why I have so many books in my TBR list. On to the next one....

Aug 27, 2020

One of the cutest, sweetest, funniest books I've ever read. I absolutely adore this book. I love the quirkiness of both characters, their humorous banter, and their chemistry. I also appreciate that there aren't the unbelievable misunderstandings or senseless drama that sometimes accompany romance novels. If you need a feel-good read (don't we all right now?), look no further. May Sally Thorne live a long, happy life and continue penning more fun and sexy novels for us to enjoy.

Jun 29, 2020

I have no idea how this book gets such high reviews. What starts out for the first few chapters as cute and quirky, quickly devolves into a one dimensional male character kind of creepily pursuing a very bland female character, and eventually becomes just drawn out sexual tension, not a romance. I don't know...maybe I missed it, but not a fan.

Jun 03, 2020

I loved this book; it was addicting and so hard to put down. It is not a very long book, so if you are looking for a quicker, shorter, romancey, drama, this is the one. Sally Thorne does a really good job developing the two main characters – Joshua Templeman and Lucy Hutton. You can get a really good feel for why someone might say/do something in particular, but the other characters won’t understand, making you get extremely frustrated with them. You know that they hate each other, you know why, but you get to experience so much more as you read the book. Once of the best parts is that there’s an epilogue you just need to read in Thorne’s next book ’99 Percent Mine’ (which I have done another review for). 4/5 stars
@LucindatheGreen of the Hamilton Public Library's Teen Review Board

Feb 06, 2020

Insta recommended

Jan 17, 2020


I love the gorgeous covers of Thorne's novels. They reminded me of some other rom-coms I read so I was attracted to The Hating Game right away. Unfortunately, this novel did not work for me. I was able to finish this story as it was on audiobook. I did not feel the chemistry between the hero and heroine so I wasn't rooting for the two to get together as I usually do. I couldn't relate to Lucy and found myself feeling a bit uncomfortable when she had her inner dialogue about Josh. I wanted to forward some of the scenes. I see it has been optioned for a movie. I will definitely check it out, as I would like to see how much of it stays faithful to the novel. I think Lucy Hale could really bring this character to life if she keeps the balance of confidence and having crush on Joshua. I find the Lucy in the book is too much of everything at once. I did love her in the scenes with Joshua's parents, it was the moment that made finishing this novel worth it. It is why I rated it a 2.5 stars, and would try another book by Thorne.

CCPL_Laura Jan 08, 2020

Thorne has written an intelligent and funny novel with full-fleshed protagonists the reader can root for. Tension in the office leads to romance as sweet Lucy and unnervingly clinical Josh battle for a promotion within the publishing house. Snarky banter, office humor, bookish jokes, and silly mishaps lend to a romp of a debut novel that Sophie Kinsella readers will devour!

Dec 24, 2019

I really enjoyed this book! It was a very funny read.

Dec 07, 2019

The Hating Game is one of my favourite books of all time.
The story follows Lucy and Josh (in Lucy’s POV), two coworkers who have to work beside each other because of the merger their companies made. The two of them despise each other but as the story unfolds, Lucy re-evaluates her feelings for Josh, while Josh opens up to Lucy.
It is a pretty cliché and predictable story but it’s really good. I adore the way Lucy and Josh’s relationship was portrayed and it’s impossible not to root for them to end up together.
Sally Thorne’s writing is great and it was so hard for me to put this book down. I don’t usually like rereading books, but this is one I can read over and over again because of how good it is. Rating: 5/5
@hotlinebliss of the Hamilton Public Library's Teen Review Board

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