The Hating Game: A Novel by Sally ThorneThe Hating Game: A Novel by Sally Thorne

The Hating Game: A Novel

bySally Thorne

Paperback | August 9, 2016

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Debut author Sally Thorne bursts on the scene with a hilarious and sexy workplace comedy all about that thin, fine line between hate and love.

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.

Title:The Hating Game: A NovelFormat:PaperbackDimensions:384 pages, 8 × 5.31 × 0.86 inPublished:August 9, 2016Publisher:HarperCollinsLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0062439596

ISBN - 13:9780062439598

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from A romance novel you can't put down This was my first Thorne novel and definitely want to read more. This book was cute, funny and romantic.. everything I love when reading this kind of novel!
Date published: 2018-11-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The Best Novel Ever I was browsing the bargain book section at indigo and this little gem stood out. The blurb was cute and so was the cover, and for $6 I was definitely going to leave the store with this. Little did I know this was going to become one of my favourite novels. I'm not too much of a rom com book person, however this novel has totally and utterly converted me. I absolutely love this novel, every single thing about it. I love Lucy and I LOOOOOVE Joshua Templeman. There is nothing sexier than a gorgeous man who puts on the act of an absolute hardass but ends up being the sweetest and most loving guy ever. Every scene with Lucy and Josh is gold. Their bickering and fighting is hilarious but when it comes to their cute and hot scenes, it is the icing on the cake.
Date published: 2018-10-08
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Fast and Enjoyable! You know when you are on the hunt for a great beach read that pulls you in and leaves you feeling great? This is the book just for that. It's easy to get into and become familiar with the characters. It is not crazy cheesy but at the end of the day you obviously know what is going to happen. Fantastic book to escape into.
Date published: 2018-09-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great book! I couldn't put this book down! It was a light fun read but also had a true plot with depth. The narrator's point of view was hilarious through out.
Date published: 2018-08-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from great easy chick-lit read love this book! it was a great easy read and it kept me interested the whole time! I hope this writer writes more books!
Date published: 2018-08-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Couldn't put it down! This is the king of feel-good novel you just can't put down once you've started it! Was cute, sexy and funny and each character was interesting! This was my first novel from this author and will definitely read more soon!
Date published: 2018-08-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Looooved the story! this is 5 stars for story and characters, but... the dialogue was formated SO badly that I almost never knew who was saying what in conversations. It was so confusing and got really frustrating. That being said, I looooved everything else about this book. I think it's funny too, because the story kind of irritated me in the beginning. I thought it was annoying that Josh and Lucy had no real reason for the way they acted toward each other. But I'm going to quote John Green here and say that I fell in love with it the way you fall asleep. Slowly, and then all at once. The direction of the story was getting interesting, and I was getting more invested in the characters, and then boom. I was in love with it. It was funny, it was adorable, it was sexy, and it was personal and real at times. Lucy annoyed me a little bit, but not so much that I disliked her. She just made me feel so bad for Josh. My sweet, sweet Josh. Ha. Also can this please be a movie? It will be my favourite.
Date published: 2018-07-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The Perfect Romance Novel I loved everything about this novel. Absolutely everything. First, looking at the two characters individually: I loved both of these characters. They both were realistic and flawed characters with insecurities and vulnerabilities. They came across as human and not fictional characters made of perfection. I related to both of these characters in different characteristics and I just cannot get over how wonderfully they were written. The plot was amazing. The writing was amazing, there was humour, there was depth, and the format was easy to read. It was one of those books that I could not help but race through in less than a day. Judging a book by its cover (which you should never do) I would never have thought this book was as amazing as it is. It may seem like the average, “romance” novel, but I think there are those (like me) that personally resonate to this story and relate to these characters. For those people, this story is way more than average and not solely about romance.
Date published: 2018-07-25
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Light Read You Can't Put Down! A enjoyable witty chick lit read that won't let you put it down. Great for those who want to relax with a page-turner!
Date published: 2018-07-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Definition of Book Hangover! I've been sitting here for 5 + min trying to come up with the perfect review... and still, I cannot put into words how much I LOVED this book. Lucy and Josh's hate/love relationship is more than addicting. I could not & did not want to put this book down... as soon as I was hitting the last couple of pages I felt that sinking feeling in my heart *why oh why did this have to end!* This book has it all! Captivating set of characters and plot, laugh out loud moments and amazing chemistry. HIGHLY HIGHLY RECOMMEND!!!
Date published: 2018-07-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from DAMN I didn't expect to love this book as much as I did. I started it when I bought it but couldn't get past 30 pages. But when I brought it at my 3-days trip at the beach I couldn't put it down. It has everything I love from a romance novel and more. And it was the perfect summer read.
Date published: 2018-07-05
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A light funny read Thoroughly enjoyed reading this book while on vacation in Cuba. It was the perfect beach read. The plot and story line was super adorable and steamy.
Date published: 2018-07-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from SQUEEE! Sometimes you just need a good chicklit/romcom book in your life. I'm beyond delighted to say this checked every box because it was a *fantastic* book. Everything was spot on for me. The humour, the banter, the chemistry between characters, the inevitable romance. It's the definition of SQUEE! Of course it's predictable, but that's why I read it. I needed a happy ending, a romance that wasn't going to be easy. And that said, the ending surprised me, in a good way. Everything came together beautifully and made me really appreciate the book as a whole and wish people didn't knock the genre. I do wish it had been about 50 pages longer because I wanted more. I can tell this is going to be one of those I read 3-4 times. I highly recommend it and anything else Sally Thorne wants to throw my way, I will happily devour it.
Date published: 2018-06-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from LOVE LOVE LOVE think a permanent goofy smile is now stuck on my face. Gosh, I think my cheeks are actually hurting from smiling! So good! It’s heavy on the hate to love trope, which is one of my faves. God, you could cut the sexual tension with a knife, it was so good. Their banter was my favourite part, and I loved their conversations so much. It reminded me heavily of Gilmore Girls banter, how they have their own language. Lucy and Joshua were giving me huge Jess & Rory vibes, and I was not complaining. #TeamJess The storyline was sweet and the pacing was really well done. It had all the components in a romantic story I love – a situation that causes her to have her guard down, jealousy jealousy jealousy, family dynamics, a secret back-story, and of course a wedding!I also loved how neat and tidy the ending was, it didn’t feel forced or a way to rush it away. I wholeheartedly recommend this one! I think Sally Thorne will be an auto buy for me.
Date published: 2018-06-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from ADDICTING SMUT SMUT SMUTTY. I loved this book and read it in under 24 hrs. The love to hate relationship is very addicting
Date published: 2018-06-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing!! Such a fantastic book. Before going into it, I figured this would be like every other hate/love but it went above and beyond. Exceeded my expectations!!
Date published: 2018-06-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Romcom perfection! Oh my gosh. What a perfect contemporary romance. I cannot say enough wonderful things about this book. The characters were so well crafted and the plot was so cute. The enemies to lovers trope was in full force with this one. If you like any romance at all, you need to give this one a read! #plumreview
Date published: 2018-05-31
Rated 5 out of 5 by from AMAZING This book is by far one of the best romcoms I've ever had the pleasure of reading!
Date published: 2018-05-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved It! This book was so much fun to read! The characters were compelling and the plot was a highly entertaining. The banter and the slowly developing relationship were A++!
Date published: 2018-05-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Not a rom-com person and loved it! Hate and undeniable attraction - a thoroughly fun read. A Chapter's employee talked me into this one and I'm so glad she did. I lost a night of sleep and read it in one sitting until 4 am. So sad it's over I may actually read it again -- it was that much fun.
Date published: 2018-04-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A Rom-Com in Book Form (LOVED IT) One of the best romance books I've read all year! I actually LAUGHED OUT LOUD while reading this one because Lucy is just the perfect amount of quirky, witty and relatable. The office publishing company made it sound a little boring to me but there are so many more fun aspects than just the office dynamic! Would recommend this to anyone wanting a HILARIOUS,CUTE AND STEAMY romance! You wont regret it, this ones awesome.
Date published: 2018-04-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved it I thought it would be a cute book but it was hot and steamy in parts and very funny in others. Totally not what I expected. I couldn't put the book down and thought about it for several days after. A great quick read.
Date published: 2018-04-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from not what i expected !!!! i was expecting a slow burn romance but instead i got a whirlwind romance that left me saying "AWWW" and "ohhhhhhhhh" several times. the main character was whitty and i found myself laughing at how ridiculous she was. perfect for fans of Sophia Kinsella! I need the author to relase more books !!
Date published: 2018-04-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from greatgreatgreat Ok I didn't expect to like this so much but this book is hilarious but also had muy bueno emotional moments I feel like Lucy is now my role model we already have the height thing down THAT BEATDOWN AT THE RESTAURANT? Added 10years to my life
Date published: 2018-03-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from This Book is Hot I actually picked this up at the library and loved it. I loved it so much, I then bought a copy, re-read it and then loaned it to my friends. You won't regret getting this book.
Date published: 2018-02-10
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Interesting Read I found the book to be slow at the beginning, but about half way through it seemed to improve.
Date published: 2018-01-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The hating game !!!!! Love it from beginning to end will read it again at some point that's for sure .. pick it up it's an amazing read
Date published: 2018-01-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A rom-com book This book is hilarious. For fans of romantic comedies, this is a book you should read. For a debut author, Sally Thorne has written a terrific book. It is a bit steamy.
Date published: 2017-12-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from LOVE I’m sooo happy I came across this book! I found it through Instagram :) I read it in 3 days and could not put it down. it’s about that love hate relationship with the cat and mouse chase. I can’t wait till her second novel p.s for all my book feedback follow me on Instagram read_read_repeat
Date published: 2017-11-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I Loved it! I listened to the audiobook over the weekend after randomly picking the title and this was a surprisingly great book. Well written with wit, suspense and humour.
Date published: 2017-11-26
Date published: 2017-11-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from BEST BOOK EVER I bought this book out of curiosity and absolutely loved it
Date published: 2017-10-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent!! I absolutely loved this book and can't wait for this author to write another book!
Date published: 2017-09-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Perfect Summer Read! I loved it. This is the PERFECT summer read that I have been missing! I didn't want to put it down; it was well-written, smutty and romantic. There were a few cringe-worthy moments, but I enjoyed the banter and the resolution. I never would have picked this, and I thank my book clubber who did!
Date published: 2017-08-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Well that was absolutely adorable and fantastic. The ending might've wrapped up a little too conveniently but I don't care. I loved it and it would make a great rom-com.
Date published: 2017-08-17
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Fun, easy read! A quick read. It's light and fun - I couldn't put it down! I agree that it is a little predictable, but the romance factor makes up for that.
Date published: 2017-08-09
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Loved this! I couldn't put this book down!
Date published: 2017-08-03
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Fun Read I picked this up before my last trip. I was looking for an easy, fun read for the beach. It is a little predictable, but it was exactly what I was looking for. Funny and entertaining. #plumreview
Date published: 2017-05-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Best of the best! I bought this book on a whim not thinking I would care much for it, but it turned out to be absolutely amazing! I have never been this wrapped up into a book that was just a regular comedy/adult contemporary book! It's just taken that genre to the next level in a way I never expected. Great read and it would definitely be my number one book recommendation for this genre.
Date published: 2017-04-06
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Nice A nice ,quick, light read. An adorable romance. A bit predictable at times but very enjoyable. If you're a fan of the enemies to lovers trope this book is for you. If you're a fan of sophie kinsella this book is for you.
Date published: 2017-03-31
Rated 5 out of 5 by from So fun! This book was a really really fun read. I recommend it for anyone looking to brighten their day.
Date published: 2017-03-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from sophie Absolutely loved this. Lucy and Josh were a hoot! Fun, easy read!
Date published: 2017-03-19
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Silly harmless romp Completely predictable but fun ride
Date published: 2017-03-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Hilarious So, so funny and sweet. I was lol'ing. #plumreview
Date published: 2017-03-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Can't stop smiling I really wish I could give this book more than 5 stars. I feel like it deserves more. The Hating Game is Thorne’s debut novel and I can already guarantee that I will read the next book she writes. This book, though, tells the story of Lucy and Joshua, who hates each other so much they can barely stand to be in the same room together. They are, though, stuck together, because they do work for the same publishing company, both essential for their respective boss. They play all kind of games together, all under the roof of one main game: The Hating Game. Everyone knows how hate and love can be close emotions: is this how it will end for them? or is this another game ? This book was beautifully written. Thorne’s writing style is simple, and straight to the point which makes it easy to follow every twist of the plot, as small as they can be. She also has crafted delightful characters in both Josh and Lucy. The witty lines they throw at each other are perfect. They each have strong characters that both evolved beautifully and, most importantly, realistically. I like how, from the beginning, it’s made clear that both main characters couldn’t be more on the opposite side and how, throughout the book, the lines are getting more and more blurry (could they actually share some common ground??) A warning though: you have to know this is an adult contemporary, not YA, so there are a couple sex scenes in this book, beautifully written though. Just know that they are there.
Date published: 2017-02-16
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Great ideas, poor execution If you want an easy, fluffy read to breeze through, and don't want to think too much, this book is for you. The ideas behind the plot were fantastic; my favourite kind of love story plot! Unfortunately, this fell flat for me. The ideas could have been better developed and I found myself confused a couple of times, thinking 'did I miss something?'.
Date published: 2017-02-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I would give this ALL the stars in the nightsky if I could. I just.. this book. Oh my god. I'm just a big grinning goofy gooey mess. Loved loved loved. The banter, the hate, the games, the swoons, the everyyyythinggg. I was laughing pretty much from the first page and while there was also seriousness and emotional moments it was light enough to always be fun and sassy, and angsty enough to give the issues weight without dragging it all down too far. And the chemistry, dear god, I can't even with that. These two were amazing. I want more but that ending was perfect. Perfect perfect perfect. I don't even care what Thorne's next book is about. I will read it. I will read her grocery list. I want it, I need it.
Date published: 2017-02-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great read! This book was super fun and I loved the main characters so much!. One of the best romance book I've ever read!
Date published: 2017-02-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Favourite book of 2016! I bought this in October and reread it 5 times before the end of the year. The enemies-to-lovers trope is a personal favourite and Thorne beat out every other book for the top spot. Absolutely hilarious and full of quirky charm, steamy and off the charts adorable, I loved everything about it!
Date published: 2017-01-19
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Nice, Lighthearted Romance A nice enemies to lovers romance with not too much going on outside of the main leads (the secondary characters are not memorable in the least). I usually like my reads with a little more, but it's perfect if you're in the mood for a lighthearted romance.
Date published: 2017-01-10
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Easy read This book had a really good romantic story that evolved from two coworkers hating one another to loving each other. For Sally Thorne's debut book it was amazing but I felt the book lacking in some areas. There wasn't much character development and it was solely based on two main characters 80% of the book. I love that it wasn't a sappy love story, which won this book some points!!
Date published: 2017-01-08
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Best trope ever Enemies to lovers wins every time.
Date published: 2017-01-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A Beautiful Love Story! I have read it twice now and it is a perfect story every time. I am in love with the main characters!
Date published: 2016-12-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A Great Romance! I bought this a while ago and I still re read it. Such a amazingly written romance!
Date published: 2016-11-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Gotta love office romance! Loved all of this. The sexual tension, steamy scenes; the overall idea of the book had me caught 100% and I had a strong feeling I would love this as it's one of my fantasies to work in an office and basically find romance in the office (which I know will never happen to me) but this book has that and so much more. The added drama and sexy scenes are perfect. Lucy is relatable for me, from being a short person and other things about Lucy's quirks and personality that I found myself relating to. It is hilarious and so, so seductive. And so much more than I thought it would be and I'm thrilled and delighted with this book!
Date published: 2016-11-05
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Fun, Cute and Sexy! The Hating Game hit all the right spots for me. It's a deliciously fun book that'll make you laugh with outrage or tighten with nerves. Every bit of tension was off the charts swoony. Lucy and Joshua have been at odds since their first meeting. It doesn't help that they have to share an office and work with each other. Constantly clashing, I loved watching them bicker and insult one another. The spark between them was just waiting to be ignited. I was giddy when things exploded into passion and lust. So worth the wait. Lucy is a nice girl who's very efficient and effective at her job. She's agreeable and aims to be nice to everyone. One problem: it made her a pushover. Don't fret because she does take steps to change this (with help). She's a bit weird but she owns it. I had some good laughs at her impulsive thoughts and actions. Honestly she's just quirky and loveable. Joshua is very assertive and attentive. He can come off as an asshole but that's just his way of guarding his feelings. I love how he notices everything about Lucy. The way he empowers her to say no. He takes care of her and wants what's best for her. What girl wouldn't fall for that? One problem I had with the story- the reason Josh needed moral support at his brother's wedding. It was so obvious! (Or maybe I watch too much tv?) Granted it wasn't the real reason behind his hesitations but the suspense and Josh's reluctance to talk about it annoyed me. Keeping secrets never lead to any good outcomes. Nevertheless this wasn't a huge deal and didn't take anything away from the story. Super fun, super cute and super sexy, The Hating Game is one of the best romance book I've read this year. Can we please get more books like this?
Date published: 2016-11-03
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Not a stand out for me The Hating Game is Sally Thorne's debut novel. Two very different publishing house merge, creating a new company with two CEO's - and two very different assistants to the CEO's, who now must share a workspace. They dislike (or should I say hate) each other intensely. But is that antagonism covering up Lucy and Josh's.......attraction? Lucy was a great lead character - quirky, cute and determined. Josh, of course, is the strong, handsome, unreadable antithesis of her. I thought the premise of The Hating Game was good - perfect fodder for a chick lit novel. And Thorne hits all the notes needed for this genre: the yes/no/maybe so, push and pull, crossed signals, missed signals, a quirky 'heroine', romantic basis, workplace foibles, all told in a humourous, lighthearted manner with the final resolution never being in doubt. Summer is the perfect time for fun, frivolous, fluffy reads such as The Hating Game. I enjoyed the book 'til about 2/3 of the way through. Much has gone on before when Lucy has an epiphany. And then I started skimming to what I knew would be resolution in the last few chapters. The push and pull had become repetitive and a bit unbelievable for me. "A miracle has occurred, and I don't know when, but I know it know. Joshua Templeman does not hate me. Not a bit. There's no way he could when he kisses me like this." Well, given what has gone on for the first 205 pages, I'm not sure why this comes as a surprise. (Yes, sometimes it's hard to put my pragmatic nature on hold.) Thorne states that she 'believes that romance readers are always searching for intensity in their next favorite book." This belief is probably why I thought that Thorne used more sexual references and scenes in The Hating Game than other light hearted chick lit books. And again, I enjoyed it in the beginning, but found them getting repetitive. And truth be told, I found Lucy's romantic sexual neediness somewhat, well, off-putting. The Hating Game filled a day's reading on the beach, but wasn't a stand out for me.
Date published: 2016-08-23

Editorial Reviews

“If your reading catnip includes dialogue that crackles, cranky heroes with hidden depths, and vivid, self-assured heroines who take exactly zero crap from said hero, find yourself a copy of this book immediately.”