The Hating Game by Sally Thorne
William Morrow | August 9, 2016
The Hating Game is a book I’ve been curious about for a couple years now. -since it was released actually. Everyone was raving about how fresh and funny the story was, and what romance reader doesn’t love a good enemies to lovers romance?? It’s one trope that’s sure to bring some serious chemistry!
Lucy and Josh have a LOT of chemistry. I could tell right from the start that neither of them actually hated each other. They were far too affected by each other for it to really be hate, and right from the first chapter I was already excited to read how these two “enemies” were going to realize how crazy about each other they actually were.
Look, I’m a firm believer that men who are mean to you are not doing so because they like you. I do not think it’s what we should be teaching our daughters. However, I don’t have a problem with books about enemies falling in love. Books are my escape, and there are a lot of things I’m not okay with in our reality that I find endearing or romantic in fiction. Josh’s initial antipathy for Lucy, and his actions, gradually changed. Just as Lucy’s did. It took a lot for the two of them to set aside their years of active dislike and start spending time together. And honestly, it was really a lot of fun to read. It’s the perfect recipe for an adorable rom-com movie, for sure. Someone needs to get on it. Possibly Gracie Gillam and maybe Nicholas Hoult, if he bulked up…
Anyway, I did have a few issues in the end. There’s a moment where Lucy develops a stronger backbone and tells off a very powerful man, and he eats it. It shuts him up. He mumbles, and even apologizes, and I just don’t buy it. These types of characters, cruel powerful men, don’t cower because someone talked back. I think Sally Thorne could have shown Lucy’s strength, and still stayed true to the other character. I also felt like the back and forth, love him/hate him, lasted too long. It got to a point in the book, the second half, where I was just sick of both characters… Lucy mainly… and ready for them to open their freaking eyes and stop seeing what they wanted to see, because every time they did it was magical!
Still though, it was SO much fun and I’m looking forward to an eventual reread.