Review originally published on Goodreads – August 20, 2018.
This book is DEFINITELY ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐!
If you don’t have it yet, go get it!
“Love and hate are visceral. Your stomach twists at the thought of that person. The heart in your chest beats heavy and bright, nearly visible through your flesh and clothes. Your appetite and sleep are schredded. Every interaction spikes your blood with adrenaline, and you’re in the brink of fight or flight. Your body is barely under your control. You’re consumed, and it scares you.
Both love and hate are mirror versions of the same game – and you háve to win. Why? Your heart and your ego. Trust me, I should know.”
I picked up The Hating Game because I kept seeing it on my Goodreads feed. Everybody seemed to love it. I had to bump it up my TBR, but I just can’t resist.
Now I’m so damn happy I indulged myself, because hey, this book is amazingly good.
Lucy and Josh hate each other. They work together, desks in front of each other, both assistants to two co-CEOs. I’m a sucker for enemies-to-lovers, so imagine how much just the title and the blurb got me hooked.
Breezing through this story, i was absolutely hooked! The dialogue was so good and so was the backstory. There were a handful of cliche scenes but they were written so beautifully, my smile couldn’t be wiped off my face.
I could not believe this was a debut novel. It was just so good. All the way to the ending, I loved it so much. Excited to read more from this author.
☁ THE CRITERIA ☁
This prompt is one my weaknesses. One looked and I was pulled in. Definitely delivered.
Joshua Templeton is a definite book boyfriend. I love my guys hard on the outside, soft and gooey on the inside. Here’s a strong facade– a strict worker, doesn’t smile much, very competitive, bordering on asshole. But when you get to know, he will melt your heart for sure.
Lucy Hutton is a tiny but mighty heroine. Very charming and hardworking, a friend to her peers, loved by everyone. Her dynamic with Josh brings out her feisty and competitive side. She loves book so much, and her little quirks are the cutest. You’ll love her.
🌻 Support Characters:⭐⭐⭐⭐
Not much exposure for support. But their bosses have amusing personalities. Their families are almost opposites. All in all, minor exposure but great impact.
🌻 Writing Style:⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
I love Sally Thorne’s writing. For a debut novel, the pacing was so good, not even a little bit draggy. Very conversational, not boring. She may use old formulas but her spice makes things still very lovable.
🌻 Character Development:⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
Main Characters growth was a great factor in my love for this book. Revealing their true selves and their decisions at the end are so great and what they deserve.
Cute at times. Hot at times. Can be cute an hot at the exact same time. Light and fun.
Quick paced. Not too draggy. Perfect timelines.
I love happy endings. And I love brave little heroines.
🌻 Page Turner:⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
I was not even tempted to look at other books while reading this.
🌻 Book Cover:⭐⭐⭐⭐
Very cute. Reminiscent of some older chick lit I’ve read. Still a lot of cute.
☁FINAL VERDICT: 4.8/5 * ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ ☁