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. -- adapted from Kirkus Reviews.
Publisher: New York :, William Morrow, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers,, [2016]
Edition: First edition
Copyright Date: ©2016
ISBN: 9780062439598
Characteristics: 374 pages ; 21 cm


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SPPL_Violet Mar 17, 2018

Generally, I stay away from the romance genre. Don't get me wrong. I like a healthy dose of love in my books. But a book wherein the entire premise and plot rests on the whole "will they/won't they" dynamic seems weak and tawdry. In 99% of the cases, they will, though they'll try real hard to make it seem like they won't.

But that's obvious, and it's not the reason people read these books. The punchline's always the same, so the hope is always that the joke is somehow interesting and different from all of the others. That's what I hoped for too.

The first third of the book really did it for me. You have to coworkers who hate each other with every fiber of their beings, so it seems. They've just been told that a new C.O.O. position in the company is opening up and they must compete for the role. Wham. Bam. Thank you, m'am.

But, at one moment in the story, a moment that came WAY too soon, the sharp back-and-forth, the fun jabs, the great banter that Lucy and Joshua had are just...GONE.

The rest of the book is predictable, boring, and a tad disconcerting.

AL_MARCIA Dec 30, 2017

I loved this book! The characters, the humor, and the chemistry were wonderful. One of my favorite romantic comedy books of the year.

Nov 12, 2017

Ok this book is cute... reminds me of when me and my husband were younger late teens early 20's... but i like to read YA books and this fits in there nicely.. Nice little love story i enjoyed it!

JCLAmandaH Sep 01, 2017

There are some funny one-liners, but in this case I was let down by the excessive hype. The main characters were childish (the mirror game, really?) and the plot was so contrived you could hear the air whistling through the holes (Danny was one big plot device and I swear her boss wouldn't have passed the Bechdel test.) The heroine reminded me too much of Judy Hopps (she's tiny, was raised on a strawberry farm, is a positive go-getter, etc.), making it impossible not to think of it all as one big Zootopia fanfic (oddly enough not really what I'm looking for in a romance novel.) And on top of that the hero wasn't nearly as charming as Nick Wilde. All in all, one big floppy mess.

Aug 23, 2017

I do not recommend this book. The characters are predictable and boring, and the story is basically non-existent. The male, based on the over the top descriptions, appears to made only of muscle. I'm not sure how he goes about his daily life without his muscles getting in the way of everything. The female is "quirky" and "cute" and "adorable" in an overplayed, ridiculous, unbelievable way. At one point she wanders around his apartment stroking a matchbox car digging through all his stuff and he seems to be totally fine with this. I was looking for some fun, lighthearted, easy romance reading, and what I got was not worth my time. My eyes rolled so many times while reading this book I'm surprised they didn't get stuck.

Aug 07, 2017

One of the best romantic comedies I have ever read. This had a great story and it was a fun absorbing book. I wouldn't hesitate to recommend this to anyone.

Jun 22, 2017

One of the best hate-to-love tropes I've read. Definitely worth all the hype. Loved this and will probably be one of my favorite books of 2017.

LPL_LaurenT Apr 21, 2017

Lucy and Joshua hate each other to the very depths of their souls, forever and ever. When they are both up for the same promotion at their publishing company, tension ramps up to an unbearable degree. Neither is willing to back down, and yet when a tense moment in an elevator bubbles over (cue eye roll), Lucy is left wondering if she ever hated Joshua at all, or if this is just another game to derail her from earning the big promotion. The sexual tension will have you gripping pages, and the downright cuteness of it all will make you want to binge watch all your Rom Com faves. Thorne’s use of metaphor and general wordsmithing will leave you in a rosy, rosy haze. It’s an old and sometimes overused romance trope, but The Hating Game may have you re-evaluating your hatred of the love-hate dichotomy.

Mar 29, 2017

Reads like Golden age romantic film that produced/directed by Judd Apatow.

Mar 25, 2017

Really enjoyed this book the whole way through and couldn't put it down. Great Romance with a satisfying ending.

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