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The Hating Game: A Novel Paperback – August 9, 2016
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“A brilliant, biting, hilarious new voice. THE HATING GAME will take the rom-com world by storm. One of the best I’ve read, ever.” (Kristan Higgins, New York Times bestselling author)
“Funny, smart, fresh, and thoroughly enjoyable from the first delicious page to the last. I highly recommend.” (Susan Elizabeth Phillips, New York Times bestselling author)
“Thorne is a strong writer and one to watch. Her debut will have readers rooting for both Lucy and Joshua in whatever games they play.” (Library Journal)
“An addictive, dazzling debut. The Hating Game is bursting at the seams with love (and hate) and heart.” (Christina Lauren, New York Times bestselling author)
“Deliciously fun and super sexy, Sally Thorne’s The Hating Game stole my life for two days. I couldn’t put it down until Lucy and Josh’s all-consuming hateship changed into a tentative friendship and then a juicy, tender, adorable love.” (Valerie Frankel, bestselling author of Four of a Kind)
“Be prepared to play the Charming Game with Sally Thorne. The irrepressible Lucy and her starchy, growly counterpart Joshua will win you over from the opening page.” (Jane Litte, Dear Author)
“Some of you might have traveled to the beach for the sole purpose of escaping the office, but we think this funny and romantic workplace comedy just might change your mind…. we know you’ll find their story entertaining and sexy.” (Bookish)
“Sally Thorne satisfies hearts longing for laughter in their love stories….Their battle of wits is tremendously fun - acerbic and sexy and filled with tension. The result is a wicked, witty romance that will capture readers’ hearts long before Joshua manages to capture Lucy’s.” (Sarah MacLean, Washington Post)
“A breezy tale perfect for a day at the beach, this one’s a real winner.” (Kirkus Reviews (starred review))
“‘Hating someone feels disturbingly similar to being in love,’ says Lucy Hutton, who can’t stand fellow executive assistant Joshua. There’s only one place this could go…but it’s good fun getting there.” (People)
“If your reading catnip includes dialogue that crackles, cranky heroes with hidden depths, and vivid, self-assured heroines who take exactly zero crap from said hero, find yourself a copy of this book immediately.” (Sarah Wendell, Smart Bitches, Trashy Books)
From the Back Cover
Lucy Hutton and Joshua Templeman hate each other. Not dislike. Not begrudgingly tolerate. Hate. And they have no problems 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 that they’re 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.
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I recently attended a Writers Retreat where one book in particular was mentioned, and I use the term mentioned very loosely, what actually happened was they demanded we all read it immediately. Suffice to say, I purchased the ebook that night and dove in, immediately I was smitten, utterly invested and truly in love with every single word written by Sally Thorne.
"Watching you pretend to hate that nickname is the best part of my day."
Lucy Hutton always dreamt of working in the publishing industry, as an avid reader her love for all things books was greater than anything she'd ever known, being hired by Gamin Publishing was everything she had ever imagined, but when her beloved company was on the brink of collapse and amalgamation with another struggling publishing house, Bexley Books, became her reality, her career goals stayed alive, just barely, with a host of personnel cuts and the loss of her best friend Val, her work world was rocked. The day she met Joshua Templeman seemed like a possible new beginning, but his cool disregard of her almost immediately sent shockwaves through her usually cherry demeanor, a war began that day and with every day that past their mutual dislike of each other grew.
"You've broken me down so completely, I can't even handle it when a guy tells me I'm beautiful."
The Hating Game written in the first person point of view painted Lucy as both incredibly smart, and extremely funny, every snarky thought, every snappy comeback, every moment of despair mixed with joy as Joshua became Josh in front of her eyes. Every moment in this book served to cement my love of the author's words, I was invested immediately, but each new chapter brought with it feelings of awe, the more I read the deeper in love I fell, the more real Lucy and Joshua felt, the more their personalities jumped off the page and straight into my heart.
"I'm about to lose something I never had to begin with."
The Hating Game is slow burn in the very best way, Thorne builds not only the connection between her hero and heroine but the readers attachment to them, their witty dialogue served to lure the reader into losing themselves in one of the best bouts of drawn out verbal foreplay that I have ever experienced. Usually when I enjoy a book it only serves to make me want to devour the words, here however I simultaneously wanted to speed read my way to end, and slow down in order to savor every moment. I loved every second here, I wanted to drown in Thorne's words, I wanted to escape into Lucy and Joshua's world, stand in the corner, watching them like a creeper, I wanted to befriend them, I wanted to relax with Lucy over a glass of wine after a long day at work, I wanted to know everything that happened in between every moment, every lost look, every sigh, every secret smile. The Hating Game has quickly became one of my very favourite books, climbing it's way onto not only my Best of 2016 List but my favourite of all time list. If this is how Sally Thorne marks her debut into bookworld, I can only imagine what she has yet to do.
It is well written, enjoyable dialogue, interesting characters and character interaction. I can't complain about the writing at all, I author did a wonderful job and I commend her for it.
However, I just can't accept how much of a jerk Joshua is. Lucy falling for a guy who is basically garbage to her for an entire year just stuck in my craw. She claims she was mean to him too, but it seems pretty disproportionate in the story. If he was so in love with her, you'd think he would have made some attempt to be decent a bit earlier. He was nice when she was sick, which was good, but then immediately regressed. His method of winning her over seem to be being more of a jerk and communicating nothing. He took male non-communication to a new level. Seriously, he couldn't figure out she'd be upset about the ex-girlfriend wedding? Isn't he supposed to be smart? I don't know. It just didn't fit, and I don't like a girl who ends up with an mean guy, assuming he is going to change. That isn't known to work out too well.
Maybe I'll give it another read in a few months and see if my opinion of Joshua improves.
I'd be lying if I said I didn't totally love this book. In fact, I have a major book hangover. And no that's not from the wine I drank while reading it last night ;)
This was the best contemporary romance novel I've read in a loooonnnggg time. And just when I was about to drop romance altogether from boring plots, one-dimensional characters, and overused cliches. This had none of those!
I feel like a fangirl or something.
I had a smile on my face for a good portion of this novel. It was like a cheek workout. The banter between the H and h was hilarious. Their 'games' were completely entertaining. The dialogue was spot on. Especially the dry humor we got from both of them. The relationship build-up was perfect. This was definitely a slow burn romance.
The heroine was strong and nutty. She was weird. And I loved her. Literally laughed out loud at some of her complete weirdness. She was short and cute and the H loved to call her 'Shortcake' just to piss her off.
And then we got the hero. Cue eyes rolling into the back of head. I'm not even going to begin on his legit hotness or I'll be here all night. He's a very well developed character. He isn't just a caveman with no other thoughts than beating on his chest. There are many different facets to him that I loved and made him so real. But that sensitive side is deep down under that perfectly hot exterior ;)
The plot was completely entertaining. There weren't many side characters, but I didn't care at all because reading the interactions between the H and h was just perfect. They have a hate relationship at the beginning. They are new rival employees and find ways to complain about each other to HR. And bicker and banter and play funny staring games.
But soon they realize their feelings. The h is a 'get what she wants' kind of gal. But the hero has other plans.
It was a very entertaining read. And I highly recommend this to... really anyone. Do yourself a favor and go buy this book. You won't regret it.