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Review: The Hating Game by Sally Thorne

“I’m going to destroy you. The Hating Game. You versus me. It’s the only way this can possibly end.”

– Sally Thorne, The Hating Game

  • Overall: 5/5 stars
  • Plot: 5/5 stars.
  • Setting: 5/5 stars.
  • Characters: 5/5 stars.
  • Thoughts: This book is the definition of a good rom-com.

  • Release Date: August 9, 2016
  • Publisher: William Morrow Paperbacks
  • Page number: 387
  • Synopsis: 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.

This past year, I discovered a new genre of books: rom-coms. Needless to say, I fell in love with standalone books filled with funny banter and romance. When looking for recommendations, I came across The Hating Game. The synopsis caught my attention. How could two people hate each other so much that it turned to love? I fell in love with this book while reading it, and it is now my favorite romance book.


I loved Lucy as a protagonist. Her many quirks (which may or may not include collecting smurfs) made me laugh. Throughout the book, she evolved as a character and became more confident.

The relationship between Lucy and Joshua was my favorite part of this book. This is an enemies-to-lovers book, and it is clear from the first page that there is chemistry between the characters. Their constant banter and sabotaging plans make the book an enjoyable and light read.


I thought that the plot was well-paced throughout. From the first page, the two characters participate in passive-aggressive games that become more and more intense. As the pressure of the promotion increases, the line between hate and love becomes thin. The tension between them becomes hard to ignore and their defenses become fractured. What if this promotion started a new game they never expected?


This book is truly one of my all time favorite romance novels. I loved the development of the characters and how unique the plot is. There are many emotional moments throughout this book that are beautifully written. I fully recommend this book to anyone that loves romance novels.

More Recommendations:

If you liked The Hating Game, I would recommend: People You Meet on Vacation by Emily Henry. The UnHoneymooners by Christina Lauren

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