The Hating Game by Sally Thorne book review by berryduchess

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.

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Genre: Fiction / Contemporary Romance / Chick Lit | Publication Date: AUG 2016 | Date Finished: 12 FEB 2019


When I started reading the book, my initial reaction was “ano ba ‘to?! parang silang tanga!” Because they’re adults but act like a couple of high school kids na ang goal sa maghapon eh bwisitin ang isa’t isa. Mapikon, talo. Sukdulan ang poot at pagkamuhi nila sa isa’t isa to the point that an HR rep must go between them the moment one of them starts raising his/her voice while discussing.  But then, I must say… kahit naiinis ka kasi they were so petty, kikiligin ka pa rin! And without knowing, you’re hooked.

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The thing is, Bexley & Gamin are 2 publishing companies that were forced to “marry each other” to survive the business. Lucy was originally from Gamin and she’s the assistant of the CEO, while Josh is the assistant of Bexley’s head officer. Both of them are damn serious when it comes to works, no doubt about that but Lucy Hutton’s mind, heart and soul is about publishing and its future while Joshua Templeman  & the rest of the Bexley’s are the number guys. Numbers – meaning everything is calculated. They eat numbers for breakfast, ganern. So that side and outlook in managing the business pa lang, they’re already clashing. Just imagine what happens when a promotion came up and each CEO wants their child to get the position. To be fair, B&G opened the position to internal & external applicants and went thru the usual hiring process but of course, Josh and Lucy are prepping their cards for a sure win. Who got the promotion?? Better read the book, dear! 😀

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that Lucy’s character is strong, funny & knows what she wants. She’s not afraid of showing & telling her sexual desires for Josh. After all, they are mature with undeniable attraction and sexual tension for each other.

What’s with elevators??!

Seriously? This is an honest to goodness question because I’ve read a number of novels and the famous elevator sexual tension going on was there! But I admit, it’s kinda hot ‘tho! hahaha! But OMG, besh! pinakilig ako non at 1 AM…

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Another funny moment was during the paintball match and in the middle of the fight, Lucy’s having those lusty thoughts for Josh. Aba! aba! Malande!!!! Tumawag yung higad, pakibalik daw ang kati sa kanya! 🤣


Josh and Lucy’s relationship started weird. But of course, this is a fictional story so, you know what I mean? I just find it outrageous when a guy’s style to pursue a woman is by annoying the heck out of her. It doesn’t work for me, maybe for some? HATE is a big word and a huge emotion that I rarely, rarely feel towards another human being. But I love the developments & how their personalities complemented each other. It was like a puzzle & they were the perfect fit for each other. Reading this novel made me feel how it is to fall in love all over again – but in a fun & exciting way. Like, OMG! I want that feeling now!

The Hating Game is one of those many chick lits that I will keep & reread. I am giving it 5 solid stars & kisses and I highly recommend that you give it a read too!


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About the Author

Sally Thorne is the USA Today bestselling author of the office rom-com The Hating Game (2016). It is her debut novel that has sold in over twenty-five countries and is being made into a major motion picture, to be directed by Romy and Michelle’s High School Reunion and The Simpsons Movie director David Mirkin. It was named in the top 20 romance novels of 2016 by the Washington Post and was a top ten finalist in the Goodreads Choice Awards romance category. The Hating Game has been cited as a book that has reinvigorated the romantic comedy genre.

Sally lives in Canberra, Australia, with her husband Roland- plus a pug called Delia and a horse called Louie.

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