The Hating Game (Sally Thorne)


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.


What an adorable read. And not only was it adorable, the entire book had me in complete stitches. Straight up cackling and snorting. And. It even a single boring moment. I can hardly believe this is the author’s debut novel but man, she knocked it out of the park.


I want to note that very rarely do I ever read a book and think “wow! This would make a great movie!” But I mean it wholeheartedly with The Hating Game. This book would make a kick ass movie.

With that being said, one of the things I really enjoyed about this story was the author keeps you on your toes and constantly waiting and wanting and wanting but let me tell you what…



So worth it! I was not disappointed at all with Josh and Lucy’s relationship or the pacing of it. The dynamic of the two was so satisfying to me I could have read about them for hours on end. The burn was slow and so good. They weren’t cheesy and their dialogue was entertaining and witty and my eyes didn’t roll a single time! I know, I can hardly believe it either.

My only complaint is how abrupt the ending was. Maybe another chapter or two would have sufficed. Something to explain how everything ends, especially job wise for Lucy. I was very intrigued on how all of that would go but alas! I was left hanging.

The Hating Game was a great change of pace for me. Especially since I don’t ever read these types of books. If you’re ever looking for a light, funny, and romantic read I would totally vote for this book! Sit back and enjoy the cuteness. Savor it. Try not to fall in love with Josh.



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