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?