Personal Thoughts: After listening to an extensive number of reviews about Sally Thorne’s debut novel, The Hating Game, I knew it would be a book I would love. I even heard several people compare the writing to that of Rainbow Rowell’s which caused me to move it up to the very top of my TBR. While I did enjoy The Hating Game, it was lacking that special wow factor for me which makes me sad since I was so ready to love it and count it as a new favorite. Maybe my expectations were just too high and I’ll forever be wary of anyone comparing anything to Rainbow Rowell.
Plot Summary: The Hating Game follows Lucy Hutton and Josh Templeton, executive assistants to the co-CEO’s of their newly combined companies. And they hate each other. So as if tensions between them weren’t running high enough, they’re informed that their company will be creating a new position directly above Lucy and Josh and they’re the top two contenders for the job (which translates to Lucy or Josh will become the other person’s boss). But as we all know, there’s a very thin line between love and hate.
Critique: My favorite part of The Hating Game is all the witty banter between Lucy and Josh. Josh is your typical stick in the mud kind of numbers guy. He has a weekly schedule for which days of the week he wears which shirt, he’s ruthless toward coworkers who aren’t pulling their weight, and he wouldn’t dream of touching anything with sugar in it. Meanwhile, Lucy is colorful and fun. She’s a people person and she would rather work overtime killing herself and her social life than endure a confrontation with anyone no matter how much they’re walking all over her. She comes from a humble background, her parents own a strawberry farm and she’s struggling with her new life in a big city. I love hate to love relationships and this one is no exception but I was somehow just expecting more from it. Both Josh and Lucy have more going on than meets that eye and as they finally start to open up to each other between feuds, a small flame starts burning brighter. The Hating Game came enormously hyped and overall, I didn’t feel like it totally delivered. It was a quick, fun and enjoyable read but it didn’t resonate with me the way it seems to have with so many others. I can absolutely see The Hating Game being made into a rom-com and I would definitely go and see it once it hits theaters.
Do I Recommend?: I do! I seem to be the black sheep when it comes to The Hating Game so if you enjoy contemporary romances I would recommend checking it out!