Review: The Hating Game by Sally Thorne

Posted February 25, 2017 by Ella in Uncategorized / 5 Comments

Review: The Hating Game by Sally ThorneThe Hating Game by Sally Thorne
Published by Hachette on August 9th 2016
Pages: 363

1) An opponent or rival whom a person cannot best or overcome2) A person's undoing3) Joshua TemplemanLucy Hutton has always been certain that the nice girl can get the corner office. She prides herself on being loved by everyone at work - except for imposing, impeccably attired Joshua Templeman.Trapped in a shared office, they've become entrenched in an addictive, never-ending game of one-upmanship. There's the Staring Game, The Mirror Game, The HR Game. Lucy can't let Joshua beat her at anything - especially when a huge promotion is on offer.If Lucy wins, she'll be Joshua's boss. If she loses, she'll resign. So why is she questioning herself? Maybe she doesn't hate him. And just maybe, he doesn't hate her either. Or maybe this is just another game . . .

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I have so many feelings when it comes to The Hating Game by Sally Thorne! I first read it in August 2016, just after it came out and have reread it least 4 times since then, if not more! It’s one of those books that is at the same time incredibly exciting but so soothing at the same time.

If I had to describe The Hating Game in one sentence it would be, “A hate-hate-hate-love romance set in a Publishing House between two work colleagues that loathe each other.” HELLO IF THAT DOES NOT GRAB YOUR ATTENTION THEN READ THAT SENTENCE AGAIN. I don’t know about you, but while I am really picky about the romance that I read, I will snap up anything that has a hate-love relationship in it. Nothing makes me fangirl more than when I get to spend a whole a whole book (or series!!!!) reading about two people that go from hating or disliking each other to slowly (and normally reluctantly) falling for each other. I LOVE IT!!!

The characters in here are AMAZING. AND SO ADORABLE OMG. <3 Seriously, they’re my absolute preciouses and every time they hurt, I HURT. I related to Lucy the main character so much and I adored how she grew throughout the book. And Josh who is prickly little hedgehog for 95% of the book MADE MY HEART GOO.

And the romance!!! In a nutshell: OH HOW MUCH I LOVE THE ROMANCE. I SHIP I SHIP I SHIP I SHIP I SHIP I SHIP.  Ship, oh I ship. Every #shipping gif that there ever was and will be on the internet I can use to describe my love of the romance. Hey, did I tell you much I loved the romance?! Words CANNOT DESCRIBE the amount of feelings I have over the romance. CANNOT DESCRIBE.

“Truth or Dare,” he says. He always knows the exact right thing to say.
“Coward. Okay, I dare you to eat the entire jar of hot mustard I have in my fridge.”
“I was hoping for a sexy dare.”
“I’ll get you a spoon.”

The humour is so good I was laughing and giggling out loud the whole time I was reading the book. So many times I had to put the book down because I was laughing so hard. 😀 Sally Thorne is the absolute QUEEN at super smooth and snarky dialogue and the many quips between Josh and Lucy had me entertained and laughing the whole time. ALSO IT IS SO QUOTE WORTHY. It took so much restraint not just to copy and paste the whole book into this blog post 😉

“It’s a corporate truth universally acknowledged that workers would rather eat rat skeletons than participate in group activities.”

The writing is delicious enough to EAT.  Please someone a) teach me how to write like the Queen Sally Thorne obviously is, or b) just give me all of Sally’s future books immediately so I can just surround myself in her gorgeous writing forever. And ever. AND EVERRRRRR.

Basically: The Hating Game doesn’t deserve 5-stars…IT DESERVES ALL THE STARS IN EXISTENCE. Sally Thorne is now one of my fav authors and I can’t WAIT for her next book!


Have you read The Hating Game?


5 responses to “Review: The Hating Game by Sally Thorne

  1. Ah, I’ve heard such lovely things about this book – it’s so good to know that you enjoyed it as well! It seems like the perfect beach read, no? Thank you so much for sharing your thoughts, dear Anissa – & wonderful review. xx

  2. Olivia-Savannah

    I really want to read this one! I like the sound of a romance but then there being hate but romance as well 😀 Humor in novels always has me happy, especially when it sounds as good as this romance. And seeing as I want to work in a publishing house one day, I am going to be happy with the setting of the novel!

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