It would be a mistake to discount Sally Thorne’s The Hating Game as your typical enemies-to-lovers romance novel. The book goes beyond this — the author presents a story that will have you frantically flipping the page, laughing-out-loud and overcome with all the feels.
The story is focussed on the perspective of Lucy Hutton, who is an assistant at a publishing house. Her enemy is Joshua Templeman, who she engages in a range of office related mental-games to compete with him. The view that the feelings of hate can sometimes resemble love begin to hold true, and Lucy has to figure out whether she is indeed in love with Josh, which is awfully complicated since she is also competing for a promotion.
What was absolutely brilliant was that both Lucy and Josh were extremely likeable, despite being the complete opposite of one another. In a story that is based on two love interests in constant competition, it’s difficult to achieve this, yet the author has done this perfectly. It’s not hard to be amused by Lucy’s humour and quirkiness (even the Smurf collecting is darn adorable). Her awkwardness is relatable, and I can assure you that many readers (including myself!) can connect with her. Though Josh doesn’t have Lucy’s dazzle, he’s just as charming. There’s something very endearing about his aloof personality and shyness. I loved both characters equally and I thought they were a perfect match.
The only thing I was eager to see was a scene where Josh and Lucy headed to the strawberry farm and Josh finally met her dad. I feel like reading this scene would have been hilarious. The desire to read more is a testament to the addictive nature of The Hating Game and how I could read their infectious love story forever.
The Hating Game will have you smiling from ear-to-ear throughout, eagerly anticipating what the next battle between Lucy and Josh will be.
Release date: August 9th 2016 by Piatkus