Book Review: The Hating Game by Sally Thorne – 4.5/5

Yesterday was a day. I woke up at about 6:00 am as per my usual schedule. I was doing my zombie walk to the bathroom, to be rudely greeted by ankle deep water in my front entrance and bathroom. The water was EVERYWHERE spewing mach 10 out the side of the water shut off valve.

Cue panic.

So I spent my day yesterday dealing with my landlord, plumbers and restoration people pulling up the floors in my apartment and setting up fans to try and dry out the floor and walls. Needless to say it was fun.

Because I was wallowing in self-pity and essentially quarantined to my bedroom for the day, I put a poll on Instagram to have some help picking a new book to start. I had asked people to vote between Legendary by Stephanie Garber and Furyborn by Claire Legrand. (It was a pretty even split with Legendary just slightly beating out Furyborn)

My lovely friend Erin (@pagesandlibations) messaged me and said NEITHER. She told me what I needed was to read The Hating Game. She said she laughed out loud reading it and it would make me feel better.

Man was she right! I read this book so quickly! It was exactly what I needed after my day yesterday.

Goodreads Synopsis

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 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 company. Lucy can’t understand Joshua’s joyless, uptight, meticulous approach to his job. Joshua is clearly baffled by Lucy’s overly bright clothes, quirkiness, and Pollyanna attitude.

Now up for the same promotion, their battle of wills has come to a head and Lucy refuses to back down when their latest game could cost her her dream job…But the tension between Lucy and Joshua has also reached its boiling point, and Lucy is discovering that maybe she doesn’t hate Joshua. And maybe, he doesn’t hate her either. Or maybe this is just another game.

What I Liked

Lucy – Oh man, Lucy was hilarious. She was stubborn and fierce while still being sweet and charming. Her inner dialogue had me laughing right from the start. It was such a pleasure to be inside the mind of this character for the book. She’s now not so secretly my hero.

Josh – I also loved Josh in this. He was such a well rounded, well thought out male lead for this romance. He was obviously hot, but he was more than that. You spend the first part of the book thinking he’s such an asshole, but as is goes you learn there is a method to his madness. It was fun reading the revelations as they came of his relationship with Lucy.

Lucy’s Dad – This is just a side bar really, but oh man did I laugh every time Lucy’s dad purposely called Josh by the wrong name that also started with J. It was such a small part of the book, but I was howling!

The Narration – I already said that I loved being in Lucy’s mind. It was honestly so freaking funny. The book starts off with her in this silent war with John from across their desks. The way she explains everything had me in tears.

The Plot – Who doesn’t love a good hate to love romance novel? This one had that in spades! The plot was hilarious and yet very sweet at the same time. It was such a good romance novel.

What I Didn’t Like

The Mindy Plot – I just didn’t love this part of it. I understand why it was in the book, but to me it didn’t really add anything. I feel like it wasn’t required to get the level of familial tension that was in the book. There was plenty of that without the whole brother stole other brothers girlfriend side plot.


Honestly, this book was just fantastic. I don’t know if I’m raving on it even more because it pulled me out of my shit mood yesterday, but even so it’s hilariously delicious. If you’re looking for a fun, playful and equally hot summer romance novel, look no further. This has it all.

What do you look for in a Romance novel?

Buy The Hating Game by Sally Thorne

10 thoughts on “Book Review: The Hating Game by Sally Thorne – 4.5/5

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  1. How I have never read your blog before?!? I love the layout of this and the format of your review. And I agree with every single this you said, the Mindy thing was lame and saw it coming from a mile away but whatever. Im so glad this got your laugh and gave you some other kind of joys 😏😂

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    1. haha thanks Erin! and probably cause I didn’t really promote it when I was barely posting haha but I’m getting better! THANK YOU for recommending this book and the compliment on my blog! You’re the best


  2. Man, I’m seeing such good things about this book everywhere and I don’t usually read romance stories, but I’m tempted to give it a go!

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  3. I love this book so much! I love a good hate to love romance and I finished this one in one day. I agree about the mindy plot, it seemed almost rushed and unnecessary since there was already tension about josh leaving medical school.

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    1. DO IT!!! Erin told me to read it after my apartment flooded and it was EXACTLY what I needed! its lighthearted, hilarious and still pretty hot haha basically the perfect romance novel to me


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