Book Review: The Hating Game

The Hating Game gave me a hangover. Not the I really shouldn’t have had that last glass of wine hangover. A book hangover. I’m not certain who coined the term “book hangover,” but if you look on Pinterest, you’ll find countless images to accompany the following definition:

Reading The Hating Game made me so happy that when it was over, I was legitimately sad.  I was sitting on the couch next to my husband when I finished, and he actually asked me why I was pouting. Pouting. Like a child. I wasn’t ready to leave the world or the characters Sally Thorne created. So, to comfort myself, I pre-ordered 99 Percent Mine on Amazon.

So what you are about to read is a gushing review.

Premise

Lucy hates Joshua Templemen. Really hates him. And he hates her right back. This is unfortunate because they happen to share an office at B&G Publishing after a hostile merger. They spend their days playing a series of games with each other, always trying to get the one-up. As if this weren’t tense enough, they’re both up for the same promotion. But as they battle it out, another kind of tension is suddenly at play…and Lucy finds out just how fine the line is between love and hate.

Prose

I love Sally Thorne’s writing style. The sharp, witty banter between Lucy and Joshua reminds me a little of the lightening fast repartee between characters in Gilmore Girls. She strikes the right balance between description, action, exposition and dialogue. It was a truly effortless read. Beautifully done.

Characters

Lucy is a fantastic heroine. She’s small, but strong. She doesn’t let anyone push her around. But she also has a soft, at times insecure, side that we can all relate to. She’s passionate about her work. Yes, the central story line is about the romance between her and Joshua, but it doesn’t definite her. In short, she feels like someone I would want to be friends with IRL.

For Joshua Templeman, I just have one word. Swoon. I’m not sure if he was intended to be a modern Mr. Darcy, but he fits the type and it works. I’m a sucker for heroes with good looks, a stern exterior, and hidden depth. Joshua Templeman has all these in spades. My favorite thing about Joshua is that he kept me on my toes—I was never quite sure what he was going to do next, what small part of himself he would reveal. If it’s wrong to crush on a fictional character, I don’t want to be right.

Plot

This is a classic hate-to-love tale, though it may have ruined all others for me. It was just fun, from beginning to end. The competition between Lucy and Joshua, his jealousy over another suitor, the Or Something game…sigh. I was compulsively turning pages the entire time I read. I wish there had been an Epilogue, just a hint of what the future held for Lucy and Josh. I will use my imagination to ensure their Happily Ever After.

Verdict

Um, yes, I recommend this book. Go read it immediately. I borrowed The Hating Game from the library, and upon finishing, had to buy my own copy. This is a big deal because I’m trying to seriously limit how many books I accumulate. For me, The Hating Game was a must own.

What are your thoughts? Did you love The Hating Game as much as I did? Will you be reading 99 Percent Mine? Are there any other similar books I should be reading? Let me know your thoughts!

Happy Reading,

Angela