The Hating Game by Sally Thorne


⭐️⭐️⭐️3 STARS⭐️⭐️⭐️

I’m going to be honest, The Hating Game by Sally Thorne was okay but didn’t do that much for me.

I read so many great reviews on it, so I was expecting it to be Ah-Mazing….yea, ummmm, no. Too bad, so sad, for me. I mean it was enjoyable enough but not for no $7.99 on Amazon for my Kindle.

Plus, she’s a new author so I expected to pay less. Not that I’m complaining about the money, I can afford it but damn. Seriously!!! For a new author? Get the fuck out of here! I was expecting something better. I mean, people on Goodreads were acting like this book was the best thing since sliced bread. Um, no! It was alright, but not worth the hype.

….now this is just my opinion ok, don’t shoot the messenger.

….I’m going to get real messy with this one, BTW

But first the synopsis by the author.

Nemesis (n.) 1) An opponent or rival whom a person cannot best or overcome.

                       2) A person’s undoing

                       3) Joshua Templeman

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.


NOW, on to my review….

To me, the book started out a bit slow. So slow that I just finished reading it about an hour ago and I can’t even remember the beginning of the story. LOL, LOL, LOL!!!! 🙂 🙂 🙂

I think it was something along the lines of – she hates him, he hates her, they work together, they don’t like working together, blah, blah, blah. They talk a lot of shit to each other and the entire office notices how much they argue and fight. (It’s sounding very teenage like, right?) Okay, that sounds about right.

Fast forward, she’s has a “date” so to speak and he decides to kiss her in the elevator when he finds out about her “date”. This is the point where you start to get the feeling Joshua is into her. Which is cute. But to my surprise she still wasn’t into him. In most books after they share some out of this world amazing kiss they have some “tada moment” and they really love the person. So, a mini round of applause for the author by not being super predictable. I love little surprises.

I completely adored Lucy’s personality. She was so darn lovable. I just wanted to pick her mini little self up and give her a hug while asking if she’ll be my new friend.

Because the book was from Lucy’s POV only, I couldn’t get a really good read on Joshua’s personality. No matter, I could tell that he really cared for Lucy and that was enough for me to like him. He wasn’t “book boyfriend” material but I liked him for Lucy.

….before I forget

….I was happy to see the author stayed away from the typical rich boy poor girl thing.

It was getting old….

Time to discuss his creepy, stalker like behavior….

Was it just me or did anyone else find it strange that he knew so much about her before they got together? He even painted his room the same color as her eyes. He became obsessed with strawberries because she grew up on a strawberry farm. He mapped out different routes to her childhood home, including where to rent a car when he got there. He kept a post-it note that she kissed a long time ago on his fridge….I mean where did he get that? Did he find it in the trash and take it home with him one day he wanted to extra creepy? Weird! He kept her favorite dessert at his house. He followed her to places to make sure she wasn’t meeting any guys.

And you won’t believe this one….Here’s a little conversation that they have….

“What are the marks in your planner?” It pops into my head. He didn’t answer last time; I doubt he will now.

He smiles and looks at his plate. “It’s a bit juvenile.”

“I’d expect nothing less of you.”

“I record whether you’re wearing a dress or skirt. D, or S. I make a mark when we argue, and I make a mark when I see you smile at someone else. Also, when I wish I could kiss you. The dots are just my lunch break.”

WTF?!?! That’s creepy as fuck.

This would be my response….

“It was great to know you but I think I’m going to be leaving now.”

Maybe some people are into that kind of thing, but it would freak me the fuck out.

All in all, it was an okay book. I suppose my disappointment came from reading great reviews on it so my expectations were high; too high obviously. This is just one crazy ladies opinion so don’t let me deter you from reading the book. You might really like it.

It’s time to clean up my mess and get pretty again so I can read my next book.


Hey there! I'm Danielle! I just a girl who loves books. I love books so much that I talk about the stories like they are real. Who knows? Maybe, they are real to me. I do love the book world, it's way better than reality. . .sometimes. . .because. . .I'm also a proud mama bear, wife, and mother!

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