The Hating Game

Why, why, why didn’t I read this book sooner?? After finishing this I have like 6 similar-according-to-Goodreads titles on hold through Libby. I might have a problem guys.


25883848._SY475_Nemesis (n.) 1) An opponent or rival whom a person cannot best or overcome.
2) A person’s undoing
3) Joshua Templeman

Lucy Hutton has always been certain that the nice girl can get the corner office. She’s charming and accommodating and prides herself on being loved by everyone at Bexley & Gamin. Everyone except for coldly efficient, impeccably attired, physically intimidating Joshua Templeman. And the feeling is mutual.

Trapped in a shared office together 40 (OK, 50 or 60) hours a week, they’ve become entrenched in an addictive, ridiculous never-ending game of one-upmanship. There’s the Staring Game. The Mirror Game. The HR Game. Lucy can’t let Joshua beat her at anything—especially when a huge new promotion goes up for the taking.

If Lucy wins this game, she’ll be Joshua’s boss. If she loses, she’ll resign. So why is she suddenly having steamy dreams about Joshua, and dressing for work like she’s got a hot date? After a perfectly innocent elevator ride ends with an earth-shattering kiss, Lucy starts to wonder whether she’s got Joshua Templeman all wrong.

Maybe Lucy Hutton doesn’t hate Joshua Templeman. And maybe, he doesn’t hate her either. Or maybe this is just another game.

My Thoughts

5/5 stars

I could keep this simple and leave it at OMG I love this book go find yourself a copy now!! Or, I could write a ton of rambling paragraphs and end with the same sentiment, making you read through all my feelings. You know I’ve got to go with option two, so get ready for this.

First off, let me say that I know this book is trope-y and I’ve complained about a lot of these tropes before, but guys, it works perfectly in this book. It never felt like the characters or the plot were so dependent on the tropes that there wasn’t room for anything else. I actually think some of the tropes were established just so they could be broken, like Josh being the cold, unfeeling asshole to Lucy’s animated, energetic nice girl. There’s more going on there than we initially see.

Still, there were some things that were disappointing in the trope field, like the idea that being short with “crazy” hair is unattractive and all tall blondes are gold diggers/players/in it just for the man’s body. Emma @ EmmaReads described it perfectly in her review when she said tall girls and girls with curly hair need positive representation too! I’m tall, blonde, and have brown hazel eyes, much like the female character that Lucy had stereotyped here, and I’m not that bad!

Aside from these minor issues, the rest of the book was so much fun. I love the games Lucy and Josh play with each other, especially since they are so unconventional. Who just spends 3 minutes staring into the eyes of another human being?? These two do, and they somehow make it work with minimal awkwardness for the reader.

Even though it’s obvious where Josh and Lucy are going to end up, I loved the journey to the destination. There was character and plot development, funny shenanigans, cute scenes, and cringey scenes. What could be more simultaneously cute and cringey than Josh nursing Lucy back to health as she spends two solid days vomiting?? #goals

That’s all I’ll say about the specifics because it really is just too good a book to come remotely close to spoiling. Please just go read it and DM me so we can rave about it together. So, the finishing line as I promised: OMG I love this book go find yourself a copy now!!

As a minor side note, what are your thoughts about the upcoming movie? I’m both excited and nervous because I obviously really liked the book. What if the movie is terrible? But what if it’s amazing? I don’t have any strong feelings one way or the other about any of the actors so it’ll be a mystery until the very end.

9 thoughts on “The Hating Game

  1. I adore The Hating Game – it’s so fun! But I don’t think it’ll be as fun watching it on screen. It’s hard to recreate the chemistry and humor. I love reading because I think there are way more fun and steamy books than movies.

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