Book Review : The Hating Game by Sally Thorne

This book has long been in my TBR cart.

My reason for keeping it so long? I’m kinda doubting will this book be as good as reviews. But then, one word. Wow.

Genre : Romance, Contemporary
Page : 387 pages
Published : 9th August 2016

Nemesis (n.) 1) An opponent or rival whom a person cannot best or overcome.
2) A person’s undoing
3) Joshua Templeman

Lucy Hutton has always been certain that the nice girl can get the corner office. She’s charming and accommodating and prides herself on being loved by everyone at Bexley & Gamin. Everyone except for coldly efficient, impeccably attired, physically intimidating Joshua Templeman. And the feeling is mutual.

Trapped in a shared office together 40 (OK, 50 or 60) hours a week, they’ve become entrenched in an addictive, ridiculous 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 new promotion goes up for the taking.

If Lucy wins this game, she’ll be Joshua’s boss. If she loses, she’ll resign. So why is she suddenly having steamy dreams about Joshua, and dressing for work like she’s got a hot date? After a perfectly innocent elevator ride ends with an earth-shattering kiss, Lucy starts to wonder whether she’s got Joshua Templeman all wrong.

Maybe Lucy Hutton doesn’t hate Joshua Templeman. And maybe, he doesn’t hate her either. Or maybe this is just another game.

“Watching you pretend to hate the nickname is the best part of my day.”

I am so ready to read this book. I’m currently in need of a sweet escape-reading for two reasons.

1. I have a major book slumps due to bad reading

2. Personal matters which involves me sulking

And this book feels like a gift from heaven.

The Hating Game— The story follows Lucy and Josh, the eternal nemesis, crammed in the office, in the same room for 60 hours a week.

The instant I began my reading, I’m captivated by the lighthearted smartass writing. It’s quirky, funny and adorable. The kind of wiritng that makes you come back reading for more. It’s addcitive.

The next thing I love about this book, is the charming cute little concept.

Imagine two nemesissoon to be lovebirds, placed upon a room for 60 hours a week with endless banter to start with and endless little games, to go through the day, which only understood by those two players— which, made this book all the more cuter than it had already been.

My heart squeeze with love and adoration for Lucy and Josh.

These two are just so unique and adorable in their own way. Did I keep repeating the words adorable and cute? Yes, I did and I do and I’ll keep repeating those words until the end of the reviews. Bare with me readers.


Both Lucy and Josh has been forced working together in one of the major publishing houses— in the very same office room which consist of only Lucy and Josh in the room. First impression did not go so well and hence, started the cold war.

But the cute traits about them, is even if they hated each other, they played games just to annoy each other. For instance, my fravourite— The HR games. Where both chastising (in this case, roasting) each other on what’s banned and what’s not in HR manuals, trying to find each other flaws and sometimes, to really report in on HR.

It’s chaotic but I truly found their banters adorable. And their smart and witty replies made this book the more addictive to get lost on to.

And I love how everything and whatever Lucy or Josh do feels so natural. Everything about this book feels natural and light and lovely. I can’t help but to keep expecting their banters and sometimes, their soft spots for each other.

Let me tell you a quick summarize. I am a very serious person in the office, never violating any rules to begin with. But then. This holy book. Keep calling for me ( I can feel the e-book devil vibes) beckons me to take it and to devour the book during my work hours.

Yep. That’s what I do.

I sneak reading during work hours, in the bathroom, in the bus. In anywhere I could get my hands on the book.  I savour those moments, reading, smiling, giggling by my own. I hope no one notice I’m a freak.

Smiles just come naturally for me whenever I read this book.

As a reader who rarely reads romance, I find this book charming and lovely. Also, enemy to lovers trope is totally my jam. It’s one of the many reasons I added this book into my TBR cart. And I could say, Lucy and Josh nailed it.

Another fun fact. I rarely loves predictable story lines. But this book just kinda break the curse for me. It’s for sure cliche, with a light predictable story lines but it ain’t cringy— which is a plus point. And for me, this book offers a good kind of cliche, it’s addictive. Everything about this book (including Lucy and Josh) is addictive and the chemistry is dreamy.

Perhaps the story line is not that complex and complicated but I truly in love with this book and of course it’s highly recommended on my part.

“I have a theory. Hating someone feels disturbingly similar to being in love with them. I’ve had a lot of time to compare love and hate, and these are my observations.
Love and hate are visceral.”

Author: Celine

4 thoughts on “Book Review : The Hating Game by Sally Thorne

    1. I know right! the immense love I have for this book when I read it😭❤️ as for the movie, I’ve just watch the trailers. I don’t think I’ll be watching the movies anytime soon but I’m absolutely happy to hear you enjoy the movie!❤️

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