The Hating Game by 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 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.

Unpopular opinion but The Hating Game had me giving some major eye-rolls. Part of it was cute but overall it didn’t have much depth and was absolutely predictable. 

The games the two characters play in their workplace are so unrealistic and childish. It made me cringe that these were two working “professionals” acting like this in – what is supposed to be – a business? I just couldn’t get past it. 

There is absolutely nothing outside of the book besides Josh & Lucy. Nothing. Neither have friends. The family contact is super limited on both sides. They work + hate each other. The end.

I will say that the story surrounding Josh did make me like his character a little bit, but that was less than 25% of the book. Where was that same story around Lucy or throughout the rest of the book? 

Rumor has it that The Hating Game is going to be made into a movie. I think it would be better as a Lifetime film, so I’ll probably skip it in theatres. I really wanted to love this book because of the reviews that came along with it, but I found myself speed reading to get through it. 


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The provided summary of The Hating Game can be found here

★★★★★: Unforgettable, one of a kind. A book that will be hard to forget.
★★★★☆: A good read with little to no flaws.
★★★☆☆: A decent read, but not one I would put on the top of your “To Be Read” pile.
★★☆☆☆: Needs major work, did not enjoy but was able to finish.
★☆☆☆☆: Did not finish.

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