Title: The Hating Game
Author: Sally Thorne
Genre/Audience: Fiction, chick lit, romance, adult
Publication: William Morrow, 2016
Source: For review, TLC Book Tours
Such an entertaining, hilarious, and unique book!
Lucy and Joshua are coworkers who hate each other with a passion. They are constantly trying to one-up each other and play strange little “games” all day like “The Staring Game” or “The HR Game,” where they threaten to report each other to HR for the umpteenth time. When a huge promotion is offered at work, and both of them want the job, the dynamics shift, the games increase, and a new kind of passion is unleashed underneath all the hatred.
First off, I need to say this book was hilarious and actually had me chuckling on many, many occasions. One of the things I found funniest was a vulgar yet accurate nickname Lucy came up with for one of her obnoxious bosses. I seriously laughed every time she used it and may even have to start using it for obnoxious people I know!
Aside from being just hilarious, this book was extremely well written with great, strongly developed characters. I absolutely loved Lucy and found her to be really charming, clever, and adorable. Joshua was perfectly moody, brooding, and mysterious. These are characters that you will definitely fall in love with and miss when you close the book.
I absolutely loved the dialogue and all of the back and forths between the two. Everything about this book was SO incredibly witty and I re-read several lines more than once. The tension between Lucy and Joshua was so palpable, fun, and frustrating and really made this more entertaining than your typical romance.
I highly recommend this book if you’re in the mood for a good laugh and a good romance with quality writing. I’m eager to see what Sally Thorne comes up with next!
My Rating: 4.5/5