- Paperback: 384 pages
- Publisher: Piatkus Books (September 7, 2017)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0349414262
- ISBN-13: 978-0349414263
- Product Dimensions: 5 x 0.9 x 7.8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 259 g
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- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3.084 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
The Hating Game: 'Warm, witty and wise' The Daily Mail Paperback – 7 September 2017
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A great debut novel. If you are looking for a fun, sweet enemies to lovers story, with two engaging, well developed main characters and delightful dialogue, don't hesitate and pick this one up! * Steamy Reads (5 Star Review) * Read it for the hilarious banter, the romantic build-up and the drama that shows that there's more than a little substance to this novel * W24 * A smart and funny modern romance * Good Housekeeping * The Hating Game was one of the funniest and romantic books I've read this year. I love a book that leaves me with a huge smile on my face and being sad to reach the end of the story. The Hating Game was definitely one of the best books I read this year with a truly funny, sweet and entertaining romance! * BookPushers * The Hating Game is one of the most entertaining and clever workplace romance novels I've read in a long, long time. I think readers are bound to laugh at Lucy and Joshua's crazy antics and fall in love right along with them. Highly recommended. * Harlequin Junkie Top Pick Review * As Lucy and Josh spend more time together outside of their office, we see how this relationship has hope. I want to keep reading so I can continue witnessing both of their transformations. From enemies to frenemies, to friends, to lovers. It's a ride filled with sarcasm and smack-downs that slowly becomes sprinkled with frosting. * Heroes and Heartbreakers First Look * I finished The Hating Game and immediately emailed my editor, sister, mom, and hairdresser to tell them about it...The Hating Game is quirky, funny, romantic, delightful, and most of all, charming. If you like any (or all) of those things in a romance novel, shuffle your TBR queue and move this one to the top. I think you'll love it too. * All About Romance Desert Island Keeper * I was delighted by this book. Delighted by the ins and outs of the publishing world, delighted with the dialogue between them, delighted by the wit that Lucy demonstrates in her inner monologues. Just flat out delighted. I have not enjoyed a workplace romance this much since the early seasons of Jim and Pam on the American version of THE OFFICE. The characters are vibrant and believable and I am anxious to read more from Ms. Thorne as soon as she can write it. * Fresh Fiction * The Hating Game is an absolutely charming office romance story between opposites. This is absolutely a romance complete with great banter, email exchanges, and even a few steamy scenes. * Jane Litte, Dear Author * 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 * This book might be receiving a lot of attention and the reason is, it's pretty wonderful. I can't go back to my copy for quotes for this review because I end up reading it again and I already lost too much time and sleep trying to make myself stop reading it. * Smart Bitches, Trashy Books * Intense and full of heat, this debut's romantic chemistry is off the charts! As these opposites attract throughout the story, readers may want to have an alternate source of oxygen handy. Humour shares space with office drama, an easy ebb and flow of tension and relief. A witty writing voice combines with spot-on timing to make sure this novel is difficult to put down! * RT Book Reviews * 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 * 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 Magazine * 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 * Debut novelist Thorne delivers something nearly impossible: an entirely predictable plot that is also completely fresh, original, and utterly charming. 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The result is a wicked, witty romance that will capture readers' hearts long before Joshua manages to capture Lucy's. * Sarah MacLean, The Washington Post * [A] charming debut... it's warm, witty and wise, and I rooted for Lucy right from the start * Daily Mail * Charming, self-deprecating, quick-witted and funny . . . a vibrant take on an old standard. * The New York Times * This is my favorite book I've read this summer. Debut novelist Sally Thorne positions herself as the next Sophie Kinsella in this sassy, sexy romance that brings new energy to the trite enemies-turned-lovers narrative. * Cristina Arreola, Bustle *
About the Author
Sally Thorne lives in Canberra, Australia and spends her days writing funding submissions and drafting contracts (yawn!) so it's not surprising that after hours she climbs into colorful fictional worlds of her own creation. Sally believes that romance readers are always searching for intensity in their next favorite book - and it isn't always so easy to find. The Hating Game is her first novel.
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I did not.
The beginning is good, as if the writer wrote and rewrote it in order to submit it to publishers/agents. But it falls apart halfway through and becomes a very different kind of book. The tone was uneven, the writing choppy, the hero engages in a little workplace sexual harassment, and I didn't enjoy the second half nearly as much as the first half.
All that being said, I would have given this book a higher rating (possibly three stars) if the author had not dropped an extremely important story line. The entire reason the hero and heroine can't be together in the second half of the book is that they're both vying for the same position of COO within their company. They're not the only two contenders; outside candidates will be brought in as well. The heroine decides that she will quit if the hero is made COO because she can't work under him. At first because she hates him; later because she's sort of dating him and can't figure out how to make the two things co-exist. A great deal of time is spent on the heroine preparing for this meeting; hiring a former coworker to help her design her presentation materials; she talks about it all the time and it is the obstacle keeping the main pairing apart.
So you wait and wait and wait the entire book to find out who is going to get this job. The hero? The heroine? Somebody entirely different? The relationship is at a standstill as the two keep each other at arms' length as they wait to find out who gets the job.
Then, at the end, the hero reveals that he's taken a position at a rival company so that the can keep dating the heroine. So then I expected the end to be their bosses telling them that the heroine got the job.
We never find out. After all the trials and hardships and it being the MAIN THING keeping them apart, we're never ever told if the heroine gets the job (and the author refuses to answer the question on social media).
This book is not finished. You can't introduce something and make such a big deal of it, have it be the primary obstacle and then just let it fade into oblivion like that. It was poorly done.
I won't be reading this author again.
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.