The Hating Game – Sally Thorne | Review

Hello again! These last couple of weeks have really knocked me around and I’ve not had time (or mental capacity) to blog for the last week – my apologies to my lil’ reading family on here 🙂

But here we go again: new week, new review.


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 sit across from each other every day . . . and they hate each other.

Not dislike. Not begrudgingly tolerate. HATE. Lucy can’t understand Joshua’s joyless, uptight approach to his job and refusal to smile. Joshua is clearly baffled by Lucy’s overly bright clothes, quirkiness, and desire to be liked.

Now they’re up for the same promotion and Lucy, usually a determined people-pleaser, has had enough: it’s time to take him down. But as the tension between Lucy and Joshua reaches its boiling point, it’s clear that the real battle has only just begun…

Blurb from Book Depository.


Unpopular opinion alert: I did not love this book. I finished it, so I guess I didn’t hate it, but oh boy I found so many things wrong with it! It was mind-fairy-floss though so it was very readable in a sense. But let’s break down the things I took issue with.

I really feel like all this book did was perpetuate the idea that someone being mean to you means they like you. It is HIGH. F*CKING. TIME. this stereotype was TRASHED because it’s really not a healthy thing for people to be reading, because then they believe it, and yes hello emotionally abusive relationships how are you? Too far? Alright look, I know some people live for this and have the ability to separate it from the ‘real world’, but it’s also something girls are told from quite a young age and you know what, I’m pretty tired of it. Come on romance-genre, you can (and do) do better.

The other thing I didn’t enjoy about this well-loved (by others) novel is the limp character development. I mean, was there character development, really? It seemed like Lucy was one character for most of the book, but every time she was in Joshua’s presence alone she was like ‘Yo, take me now, also I literally can’t form human words any more!’. Surely that’s not a real thing? Is it? Maybe I’m just really sheltered, but honestly I don’t think so, and I don’t think these characters were given the development (or personalities) they could have had through this story.

PUT DOWN YOUR PITCHFORKS, it wasn’t all bad. I know so many readers who have loved this story and yes, it’s a light-hearted read that has a lot of fun scenes. It’s easy to get lost in and it’s definite brain-candy – like turning on a reality TV show and knowing that it’s entirely falsified but kind of being okay with it. The ‘The Bachelor’ of the reading world, if you will.


Verdict: Way too hyped up for something that to me seemed like ‘just another romance’.

Page Length: 384

Publisher: Little, Brown

Alright, hit me with your thoughts on this book, because I know there’ll be people out there who are going to disagree with me! But hopefully (maybe) some of you see my side too 🙂

M xx

Buy ‘The Hating Game’ here and make up your own mind.

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