Week 7: The Hating Game


Yeah, that’s what my pick for today is called. I know it’s Valentine’s Day.

(If you’ve never heard of it, I promise the book is a lot more romantic than the title suggests.)

I just knew I had to reread The Hating Game for the blog this year, and today seemed like a perfect day for it. Honestly, Valentine’s Day is not a holiday I really celebrate, despite the fact that I’ve been happily married for the past five years. (And no, it’s not because my husband and I don’t care about each other. We just don’t celebrate this particular holiday, and the reason would take too much of this post to explain. I’ll spare you.)

Back to Sally Thorne’s The Hating Game… I seriously devoured this book in one sitting, both times I read it. Outside of Austen, it’s probably the best capital-r Romance I’ve ever read.

Full of witty banter and chemistry that’s sexy as hell, this book is about an office rivalry between sweet, quirky, people-pleaser Lucy Hutton and serious, arrogant, no-nonsense Josh Templeman. They’re both assistants to the co-CEO’s of a recently-merged publishing company (yay for books about people who make books!), and their daily competition reaches a head when a new executive position is announced.

Up for the same promotion, things get heated – and Lucy  can’t deny that what she thought was hatred might be something more… and don’t roll your eyes at that. This isn’t just a romance.

It’s no secret that hate-to-love romances are my guilty pleasure. (I mean have you read this post about my Pride & Prejudice addiction? Let’s just blame Jane Austen for everything.) This one delivers because it’s so much more than what it seems. The Hating Game is about friendship and family and learning to accept people – and yourself – despite shortcomings. Lucy and Josh each have their own issues and insecurities they have to work past in order to make a relationship work – once they’re both convinced that they want a relationship. They definitely have to take a journey together.

It’s also hilarious. Exhibit A:

It’s a corporate truth universally acknowledged that workers would rather eat rat skeletons than participate in group activities.

And there’s an epic paintball fight. 10 Things I Hate About You, anyone?

But the romance is really fantastic. Thorne should teach a master class on writing the slow burn. It takes a while for Lucy and Josh to get together but when they do get together? It’s fantastic. So much squeeing. All the heart eyes.

I’m as ridiculous as Lavender Brown in Half-Blood Prince when I read this book. Not even kidding.

Lucy’s fears are so relatable, and Josh is such a sweetie. The happy ending (it’s not a spoiler – this is a Romance – by definition they have to end up together) is absolute perfection. I swoon every time. I mean, how can you not?

The trick is to find that one person who can give it back as good as they can take it.

Is The Hating Game rereadable? Absolutely. Compulsively.