The Hating Game | Book Review


By: Sally Thorne

Stanadalone | 387 Pages | Pub. 2016

The Hating Game At a Glance

  • Overall Rating: ★★★1/2
  • Heroine:  Aww, honey…
  • Dude: Has a serial killer smile and probably sleeps in a morgue drawer
  • Steaminess:  If you read in the car, your windows will fog.
  • Immaturity Level: The Stop Hitting Yourself Game

Pairs Well With

Paintball Shot

  • ½ oz green creme de menthe
  • ½ oz Bailey’s Irish Cream

Beware. Spoilers are coming…

Jess’s Reactions 

Well let’s begin with the fact that I have the sense of humor of a toddler. I found this book hilarious and really enjoyed the battles and banter between Josh and Lucy. Yes, they were extremely immature and absolutely ridiculous. But it was hilarious. I did feel pretty dumb for not realizing that this was set in Britain for about half of the book. I should really research things more before I just dive right in. Oh well.

Lucy’s inner monologue was just so weird and kind of creepy, but I was all for it.

“The middle of his back is the most perfectly ergonomic place to hide my face.”

She is such a weirdo and it made my heart happy. Her koala bear scene just hanging off of him had me spitting out my coffee. I wish I was shorter, just so that I can do that to my poor husband. I may try anyway.

Josh was pretty much a jerkface. Yeah, it’s a romance novel so he ended up being this adorable, mushy man later. NOTHING can justify the stunt he pulls. I knew it was coming and I refused to believe it because it’s too cliché. And it still happened.

Ladies and gentlemen spoiler alert: his ex is marrying his brother and he convinces Lucy to go to the wedding. Then he doesn’t tell her and let’s her blindly walk around talking to his family. How dumb is this guy?

I was really hoping Lucy would use that bus ticket to GTFO, but nope. She had to stay and forgive him so that they could live happily ever after.

This is the perfect book to sit by the pool/ocean and read so add it to your summer list. And make sure to have a drink on hand because you will need something to throw on occasion.

Teagan’s Reactions

I think I am in a romance book slump. I haven’t read a romance novel in the past month that I adored and I should probably take a break and cleanse myself. I wasn’t sure what to exactly expect from this book because I’ve heard such differing opinions on this from bloggers I trust. After reading it I side more with bloggers that find this book flawed. I didn’t hate The Hating Game it just severely frustrated me and felt a little too immature for my tastes.

Before I go off on everything that I disliked about this I will admit that I did like the writing style, I learned a lot of good comebacks and insults, and the steamy scenes were on point. I’m willing to give another book by Thorne a shot because I feel like my issue was with these specific characters and not the quality of her writing.

I do enjoy the occasional “Hate to Love” trope but this was just a bit too much for me. The main characters, two adults with professional jobs, honestly acted more like kindergartners engaging in playground politics. Josh apparently never learned that actively ruining the life of a woman isn’t the best way to tell her you love her. While, Lucy never learned to have a backbone, to stick up for herself or demand respect.

Even the parts of this book that I’m sure were meant to be romantic had me freaking out a bit. Josh has cyberstalked Lucy’s life so much that he’s legitimately mapped out a route to her parents farm? Excuse me? If someone who had been ruining my life for the past couple years and who has a serial killer smile told me that would cause me to sign myself and my family up for witness protection.

I honestly spent this book whole book just confused at why the hell Josh couldn’t just communicate like an adult and explain to Lucy that he loved her instead of being the world’s biggest asshat? I can’t accept any of his romantic-ness because he seems to think that Lucy should have magically known he loved her. Communicating in general is a giant fail for this man – he seems only capable of speaking in codes, insults, riddles and vagueness.

And Lucy, bless her heart, is so oblivious it killed me. You know that moment in horror movies when a character is about to go off on their own and you are screaming at the screen for them to not be an idiot? That’s how I felt during the whole wedding scenario. I wanted to jump into the book and knock some sense into her. Honestly, this girl would totally be the first to go in a horror movie.

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