The Hating Game by Sally Thorne Review

The Hating Game review
The Hating Game by Sally Thorne, ISBN 9780349414263, 363pp

The Hating Game by Sally Thorne was so much fun to read. I read this book in less than 24 hours because I just had to find out what would happen next to the two protagonists. It’s the perfect chick lit book when you just want to read something light and entertaining. And like eating your favourite dessert, you won’t be able to resist devouring this book in one go.

The Hating Game tells the story of two arch-enemies, Lucy and Josh (or Lucinda and Joshua as they refer to one another). They are the assistants of two rival co-CEOs in a publishing company that was formed in a merger between two publishing houses. Lucy is nice and liked by everyone apart from Josh. Josh is not nice or liked by anyone, especially Lucy.

Their desks face each other and they spend their work days tormenting each other. When a new position comes up that they both want, their rivalry reaches ridiculous heights. And there’s tension–a lot of smouldering tension.

I’ll leave the plot there to avoid spoilers. It’s no surprise where this book is going but it’s a lot of fun getting there. I thought at times that things could have been resolved easier and earlier but then where would be the fun in that? Misunderstanding and miscommunication are the building blocks of a great chick lit book. And can I just say I’m not using the term chick lit in a disparaging way–I love these sort of books.

I often feel a bit critical of books set in the publishing world since they sometimes don’t get it right (and I would know from my time working in publishing) but The Hating Game did a great job of depicting a publishing house after it has undergone a merger. I just wish I had of met a character like Josh when I was younger, single and working in publishing!

If you like romance then you’ll enjoy the banter in this book and its seriously steamy scenes. The film rights have been snapped up for this book so it will be great seeing this as a movie one day. I’m eagerly awaiting the next book by Sally Thorne.

Verdict: Read this if you want a fun and sexy read.

What’s your favourite chick lit book?

20 thoughts on “The Hating Game by Sally Thorne Review

  1. Dorine August 16, 2018 / 5:38 pm

    This sounds like fun! Even though Iโ€™m normally not one for chick litโ€™s

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    • Janereads August 17, 2018 / 6:02 am

      Yes a little bit though they are equally as bad as each other.

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  2. writewhereiread August 16, 2018 / 11:49 pm

    I definitely want to read this now! I’m not sure about what my favorite is…So far I’m loving The Kiss Quotient.

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    • Janereads August 17, 2018 / 6:01 am

      I hear good things about The Kiss Quotient. I might have to give it a try.


  3. Amber August 17, 2018 / 9:32 pm

    I’ve seen *nothing* but great reviews on this one… but that’s the first time I’ve seen this cover? So glad you enjoyed this book – sometimes it’s just SO nice to fall into a fluffy read. ๐Ÿ™‚

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    • Janereads August 17, 2018 / 9:44 pm

      Yes I agree. Sometimes you need fluffy books in your life. ๐Ÿ˜Š

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  4. Sheree @ Keeping Up With The Penguins August 23, 2018 / 4:37 pm

    Ooooh sexy bits, my favourite!! ๐Ÿ˜‰ And I’m really happy to see a book about the ASSISTANTS – aside from The Devil Wears Prada (which was, of course, fantastic and alarmingly accurate), the assistants don’t often get a look-in, even though they are the true power-brokers of any corporation. (Disclaimer: I was a personal assistant in a previous life, so I feel very strongly about this hahahaha)


    • Janereads August 24, 2018 / 11:53 am

      You should definitely read this book then. The two assistants basically run the publishing company. It’s so true that in roles where you are assisting a manager or director, you basically do everything and their job is to sign off on things and tell you what to do. (You can tell that I have been in these roles too!)

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      • Sheree @ Keeping Up With The Penguins August 24, 2018 / 2:46 pm

        PREEEEAAAACHH!!! Former assistants unite!! ๐Ÿ˜‚

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  5. Healthy Coconut August 25, 2018 / 8:17 am

    I loved this book too. The banter was fun and you can really feel the sexual tension lol

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    • Janereads August 25, 2018 / 8:24 am

      I agree. The author did a great job of keeping that sexual tension simmering along.


  6. Saeny September 5, 2018 / 3:26 am

    Thank you for this review! Iโ€™ve decided to read it after your article and it was soooo good!

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    • Janereads September 5, 2018 / 2:11 pm

      That’s fantastic to hear! ๐Ÿ˜Š


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