Book Review: The Hating Game by Sally Thorne

The Hating Game by Sally Thorne01


Plot rating: heartheartheartheartfull_half
Narrator rating: heartheartheartheart_emptyheart_empty
Published: the 15th of March 2018
Written bySally Thorne
Narrated by: Katie Schorr
Series: Standalone
Length: 11 hrs and 29 mins (387 pages in print)
: Amazon Audible


The blurb


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.




This is the story of Lucy Hutton – Executive assistant to Helene Pascal, the original CEO of Gamin & Josh Templeman – Executive assistant to Mr. Bexley, the original CEO of Bexley. These two crazy kids assistants are thrown together when the Gamin and Bexley businesses merge, in order to survive the negative impact the economy has on publishing. With two different personalities and skill sets to match, they could bounce ideas of each other, and have fun in the office they share, if it wasn’t because they’re always busy playing childish games with each other. And I’m not talking about fun games, nuh-uh! It’s the staring game, mirror game, ignore each other game, don’t-let-the-other-one-see-you-smile-or-laugh game. So what drove these two otherwise intelligent and reasonable adults to this behaviour? Simple – Josh didn’t smile to Lucy the first day they met!!

That they cannot stand together is an understatement, and none of them are backing down from their childish games which are only interrupted when it becomes time to sling insults – and of course, the occasional business meetings. The entire story is told from Lucy’s point of view and with a lot of “laugh out loud” moments, it’s so easy to binge this story in one sitting. I love how Lucy isn’t portrayed like some damsel in distress, she acknowledges that she’s stirring the shit pot at least as much as Josh is. But it’s important to her that she wins every game and dishes out the best insults, because since he never smiled back, he’s one up in her eyes. That these two are mistaking their feelings for each other is clear for the reader almost right away. There’s really nothing extremely different in this book to all the other books in this genre.  But the small differences is what sets it apart from its peers, and make it jump into a league of its own.

The only reason that this book doesn’t get five hearts, despite being a masterpiece, is because Lucy’s height (or lack thereof) is mentioned on almost every single page. Yes, she’s only 5’0″ – but the constant attention given to this, becomes too much. I know better than most people the challenges that comes with that height, because that’s how tall small I am. Exactly. But I still manages to go about my day, without constantly pointing out to people, hey I did this even though I am small. And when she’s with Josh it’s mentioned how he fits her perfectly, even though she’s small, like that’s a miracle or an oddity. So yeah, that part was a huge turn off for me.

I am actually kicking myself that I didn’t listen to the hype and read this book right away, back in 2016 when everyone talked about it. At the same time I’m kind of happy I savoured this piece of perfectness till now – and a part of me wishes I could listen to the audiobook for the first time again. What can I say, I’m awkward like that!!!



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5 thoughts on “Book Review: The Hating Game by Sally Thorne”

  1. that’s great that you enjoyed this! and I’m often in the same boat, I tend to delay reading books because of hype since I’ve been disappointed before when I read something that everyone else was gushing over. so I wait for months or years to pick it up and then when I end up loving it, it’s a pleasant surprise!

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