I Played The Hating Game
I wanted to pick something light and fun for my first read of the new year and The Hating Game by Sally Thorne did not disappoint. This book has been all over BookTube, has a 4.24 star average rating on Goodreads, and I’ve had it on my TBR for about a year. I made the mistake of opening the book for the first time after midnight, telling myself that I would just read a few chapters before going to sleep. We’ve all told ourselves that lie, right? Just one more chapter…okay…well, just one more…I can tell something really important is about to happen, I’ll just read until then… suddenly it’s hours later and you have to work in the morning, oops… I made it almost halfway through the book before I realized that I absolutely had to go to sleep in order to function in the morning. Undeniably, this book had me at hello.
The Hating Game is the story of Lucy Hutton and Joshua Templeman (Is is weird that my brain kept autocorrecting his last name to Templeton? Oh brain, you are so strange.) and the games that they play. Lucy and Josh are the executive assistants to the two co-CEOs of a publishing company. The CEOs hate each other, so naturally Lucy and Josh hate each other. Or do they?
I’m not going to spoil the book, because I want you to go out and read it, but it is a contemporary romance, so I think you can take a wild guess at where all this leads, it’s the getting there that’s all the fun. Here’s the thing, romances, whether they’re historical or contemporary, are filled with troupes and cliches, but that is why we like them. They make us feel good. We know the characters are going to end up together, but we want to see how it all plays out. This is why we love romantic comedies. By the way, why don’t they make romantic comedies anymore? What happened there? In the absence of new movies, I go to books for my rom com fix and this book was a total win.
Lucy is total doll, I was rooting for her the whole time, even when she is blinded by her “hate.” I thought her journey from people pleaser to girl boss was awesome and I loved the part that Josh plays in boosting her confidence. This might sound weird, but I also really liked how she owns her appearance. I always feel like I’m either reading about the girl who thinks she’s plain, but everyone is in love with because she’s actually super hot, or the girl who is always being told she's the most beautiful girl in the world, so she can’t be seen for the person she is on the inside. Lucy knows when she’s looking good and when she’s not and she works it.
Josh is total book boyfriend material. There, I said it. I hate myself for using that term, but it’s true. Without spoilers, it’s hard to get into why he's so lovely, but just know, he is. His reactions to Lucy are adorable, especially when she thinks he hates her.
Obviously, I really enjoyed this book. At the halfway point I had to text my friend and fellow reader, Karissa, telling her to read it. The day after I completed the book, I FaceTimed her and she had already finished it! We were both equally gushing, there were many sighs exchanged. After I was done with the book, I just absolutely had to send a copy to my sister in law, she loves Sophie Kinsella and I knew she’d love this book, and she did! Cheesy can be charming. In the end, I gave it 4 out of 5 stars. One word to sum it up: delightful.
Oh, right, if it matters, I would rate it a 2.5 out of 5 on the Scandalous Scale.
Let me know what you’re reading or what you thought of The Hating Game in the comments!