The Hating Game

The Hating Game

Book - 2016
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For Lucy Hutton and Joshua Templeman, executive assistants to the CEOs of newly merged Bexley-Gamin Publishing, it's hate-at-first-sight. So begins a series of daily passive-aggressive maneuvers, including the staring game, the mirror game, and the HR game, each played with the intensity of the Hunger Games. Their mutual antipathy grows when a new executive position opens at Bexley-Gamin, and both their bosses put their names up for the promotion. Then, the high-stakes games begin! After another 60-hour work week, Lucy logs off her computer and hops on the elevator to head home, as does Joshua. When Joshua hits the emergency button and stops the ride, Lucy is certain her nemesis is going to kill her. Instead, he plants a kiss on her, and Lucy begins to wonder if she really does hate Joshua after all, or if this is yet another game.
Publisher: New York : William Morrow, HarperCollinsPublishers, 2016
ISBN: 9780062439598
Characteristics: 374 p. ; 21 cm
Alternative Title: Hating game : a novel


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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 displayin... Read More »

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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 compa... Read More »

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Feb 06, 2020

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Jan 17, 2020


I love the gorgeous covers of Thorne's novels. They reminded me of some other rom-coms I read so I was attracted to The Hating Game right away. Unfortunately, this novel did not work for me. I was able to finish this story as it was on audiobook. I did not feel the chemistry between the hero and heroine so I wasn't rooting for the two to get together as I usually do. I couldn't relate to Lucy and found myself feeling a bit uncomfortable when she had her inner dialogue about Josh. I wanted to forward some of the scenes. I see it has been optioned for a movie. I will definitely check it out, as I would like to see how much of it stays faithful to the novel. I think Lucy Hale could really bring this character to life if she keeps the balance of confidence and having crush on Joshua. I find the Lucy in the book is too much of everything at once. I did love her in the scenes with Joshua's parents, it was the moment that made finishing this novel worth it. It is why I rated it a 2.5 stars, and would try another book by Thorne.

CCPL_Laura Jan 08, 2020

Thorne has written an intelligent and funny novel with full-fleshed protagonists the reader can root for. Tension in the office leads to romance as sweet Lucy and unnervingly clinical Josh battle for a promotion within the publishing house. Snarky banter, office humor, bookish jokes, and silly mishaps lend to a romp of a debut novel that Sophie Kinsella readers will devour!

Dec 24, 2019

I really enjoyed this book! It was a very funny read.

Dec 07, 2019

The Hating Game is one of my favourite books of all time.
The story follows Lucy and Josh (in Lucy’s POV), two coworkers who have to work beside each other because of the merger their companies made. The two of them despise each other but as the story unfolds, Lucy re-evaluates her feelings for Josh, while Josh opens up to Lucy.
It is a pretty cliché and predictable story but it’s really good. I adore the way Lucy and Josh’s relationship was portrayed and it’s impossible not to root for them to end up together.
Sally Thorne’s writing is great and it was so hard for me to put this book down. I don’t usually like rereading books, but this is one I can read over and over again because of how good it is. Rating: 5/5
@hotlinebliss of the Hamilton Public Library's Teen Review Board

OK I'm glad I read this novel. Hot stuff.

Nov 14, 2019

This is a fresh, bright, charming, effervescent, clever story. I loved Lucy & Josh’s chemistry.

JCLStefanieE Nov 08, 2019

This is one of the best enemies to lovers rom-coms I've read. The characters have depth and grow along with their love for each other. The steamy slow burn between the couple is delicious and their smart banter makes this a great read for lovers of clever romance.

Sep 16, 2019

I really enjoyed reading this romantic-comedy story. I really liked the main character, Lucy. She was funny and relatable. Loved the dialogue between Joshua and Lucy.

Aug 29, 2019

Loved the suspense, how they build up the tension and feelings in the story. Great chick lit.

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