Okay, so I added this onto my February TBR at the last minute because I’d found that I’d got through my other books so quickly. It was basically a filler book. But it turned out to be possibly my favourite read from this month! Here’s why.
Spoiler Free Review
Title: The Hating Game
Authors: Sally Thorne
Published: William Morrow, 2016
Lucy and Joshua are self confessed enemies, just ask anyone. They hate each other with every fibre of their beings and would throttle each other every day if it was allowed. However, they find themselves facing each other in the office in which they both work day in, day out, and slowly but surely, that hate might turned out to be something different…
*Disclaimer: this book has adult situations running throughout it, so if that isn’t your thing, you have been warned!*
Now I haven’t read a chick lit novel in a really long time. When I was in my mid-teens and started getting into reading again, it was pretty much the only genre I went for. But it’s been some time since my last read and let me tell you, this book awakened all of my lovely Chick Lit feelings again! It was just such a quick, delightful read – full of all the things that you reach for a book like this for.
I loved the characters and their dynamics around one another. Slowly but surely, you learn more about their complex relationship and get to watch as their relationship changes. Both are complete opposites – opposites attract! – but their drive for their work is the one thing they have in common, and both of them are rising to this competition. I enjoyed Lucy’s personality – how she was clutsy yet determined, and how she somehow felt more real than some other female protagonists you get in Chick Lit. I loved Joshua’s journey from arrogant pig to lonely and misunderstood man. And possibly what I loved the most is that you really got to know these characters’ backgrounds and struggles. In other books of the same genre, the love gets in the way of real character dimension and development. Instead here, their relationship ran parallel to finding out exactly who these characters were, which was actually really refreshing!
The plot of this book was really interesting. As readers, it’s logical for us to be interested in the behind-the-scenes parts of this business, and it was nice to learn a little bit more about publishing companies through this novel. The plot-point of a cut-throat job opportunity heightened the sparks of the relationship between Josh and Lucy, which made for an amazing ride! The climax of the novel was, I’ll admit, a little bit see-through in parts, but for some reason I didn’t mind. I was completely caught up in these characters, tearing my hair out whilst hoping they’d see what’s right in front of them!
So of course, yes, there are numerous tropey-tropes in this book. Hate to love, sizzling chemistry – it’s going to be a little bit predictable. I don’t know whether it was because I’ve stepped aside from this genre for a while, but I found this story to be engaging and new, rather than one of the same. I found it fresh and exciting, and it was exactly the right book for me at the time. I loved it from the first page to the last page, where I wished for more Josh and Lucy goodness, and all of this despite the tropey-ness. In conclusion: I thought it was fab!
My Rating: 5 out of 5 stars!
I did swither a little with my rating, because of the genre and because of the tropes. But I justified it by the fact that 1) I read it in two sittings and couldn’t put it down, 2) I loved the story and was compelled by the characters and their relationship from start to finish and 3) it’s my own darn rating, so I’ll put whatever number I want, haha!
If you’re looking for something fun and sweet with a little bit of a sizzle, this is the book for you. You won’t be disappointed!
Has anyone read anything similar to The Hating Game that they’ve really enjoyed?! I’d love to add some more great Chick Lit to my ongoing TBR – The Hating Game has reminded me of my unashamed love for this genre again! Let me know below!