Buddy read book review- The Hating Game by Sally Thorne


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 . . .

My Review

It’s really rare for me to watch a film before I have read the book but that is exactly what happened with The Hating Game. I had already seen the film when Gemma and I decided to buddy read it. Apart from a few minor details I was impressed with how accurate to the book it was.

Lucy aka Shortcake a nickname given to her by Josh due to her parents owning a strawberry farm, is unable to stand up for herself with everyone it seems except Josh. Mortal enemies and now in competition with each other, they are fighting for a lucrative promotion both literally and figuratively. The agreement being that the one who doesn’t get the promotion has to resign so the stakes are high.

Set in a merged publishers it is still very much the two companies on separate sides. One being all about the creative the other just about the numbers. Maybe they could learn something from each other! If they would just stop hating each other long to do it.

This book is all about the characters. Lucy is a tiny, adorable, Smurf collecting people pleaser whereas Josh comes across as an aloof, rod stuck up him bum, fear monger. As the saying goes though there is a very fine line between love and hate.

I absolutely loved the enemies to lovers trope in this book. The chemistry was scorching hot and the tormenting and teasing between the two was a lot of fun. I will also add that one part in the film (the mirror scene) I didn’t really get until I read the book and had the lightbulb moment. It was so subtle in the film it didn’t quite work but the book made it a real aw moment. So while both are brilliant as always the book was better!

About the author

Sally Thorne is the USA Today-bestselling author of The Hating Game. She spends her days climbing into fictional worlds of her own creation. She lives in Canberra, Australia with her husband in a house filled with vintage toys, too many cushions, a haunted dollhouse and the world’s sweetest pug.

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