The Hating Game: A Novel by Thorne Sally
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.
About the author:
Sally Thorne is the USA Today bestselling author of the office rom-com The Hating Game (2016). It is her debut novel that has sold in over twenty-five countries and is being made into a major motion picture, to be directed by Romy and Michelle’s High School Reunion and The Simpsons Movie director David Mirkin. It was named in the top 20 romance novels of 2016 by the Washington Post and was a top ten finalist in the Goodreads Choice Awards romance category. The Hating Game has been cited as a book that has reinvigorated the romantic comedy genre.
Sally’s much anticipated second novel, 99 Percent Mine, was released on 29 January 2019 by William Morrow Books and debuted at #37 on the USA Today Bestseller List.
Sally is writing two more books for William Morrow and is currently drafting her third book.
Sally lives in Canberra, Australia, with her husband Roland- plus a pug called Delia and a horse called Louie.
Reviews about the novel The Hating Game
I’m not kidding when I tell you this book The Hating Game just jumped to my top 3 favorite ebooks of all time and hey I know I’m a grad student who should say Great Expectations or some shit is my favorite but I don’t CARE BECAUSE MY HEART IS FULLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLL I’m literally already planning a tattoo I feel like I’m glowing.
I’m currently at work and I cannot, for the life of me, stop thinking about this book The Hating Game. It’s only been a day, but I thought about it constantly before I went to bed, whilst in bed. I thought about it on my way to work and now, whilst I’m at work.It is safe to say that this book will be going on my all-time favorites list. I feel like it’s been a while since I loved a book so ferociously, where I thought each page of it was pretty much perfect.And it’s the author’s debut novel. What?!
Going into this, I wasn’t expecting much other than an acute, flimsy love story. But the story has become absolutely ingrained in me, heart and soul. I got what I wanted and much more.
I don’t know whether there’s even much point in telling you the premise of the book The Hating Game itself. Or reviewing it, because words fail me completely. My feelings towards it are intense if you haven’t gathered that already. I think it’s one of the best love stories that I’ve had the pleasure of reading. It’s hilarious, heartwarming and the development of it all is spot-on. So well done! I cannot recommend it enough.
I recently attended a Writers Retreat where one book, in particular, was mentioned, and I use the term mentioned very loosely, what actually happened was they demanded we all read it immediately. Suffice to say, I purchased the ebook The Hating Game that night and dove in, immediately I was smitten, utterly invested, and truly in love with every single word written by Sally Thorne.”Watching you pretend to hate that nickname is the best part of my day.”Lucy Hutton always dreamt of working in the publishing industry, as an avid reader her love for all things books was greater than anything she’d ever known, being hired by Gamin Publishing was everything she had ever imagined, but when her beloved company was on the brink of collapse and amalgamation with another struggling publishing house, Bexley Books, became her reality, her career goals stayed alive, just barely, with a host of personnel cuts and the loss of her best friend Val, her work world was rocked. The day she met Joshua Templeman seemed like a possible new beginning, but his cool disregard of her almost immediately sent shockwaves through her usually cheery demeanor, a war began that day, and with every day that past, their mutual dislike of each other grew.
“You’ve broken me down so completely, I can’t even handle it when a guy tells me I’m beautiful.”
The Hating Game written in the first person point of view painted Lucy as both incredibly smart, and extremely funny, every snarky thought, every snappy comeback, every moment of despair mixed with joy as Joshua became Josh in front of her eyes. Every moment in this book served to cement my love of the author’s words, I was invested immediately, but each new chapter brought with it feelings of awe, the more I read the deeper in love I fell, the more real Lucy and Joshua felt, the more their personalities jumped off the page and straight into my heart.
“I’m about to lose something I never had to begin with.”
The Hating Game is a slow burn in the very best way, Thorne builds not only the connection between her hero and heroine but the readers attachment to them, their witty dialogue served to lure the reader into losing themselves in one of the best bouts of drawn-out verbal foreplay that I have ever experienced. Usually, when I enjoy a book it only serves to make me want to devour the words, here however I simultaneously wanted to speed read my way to the end and slow down in order to savor every moment.
I loved every second here, I wanted to drown in Thorne’s words, I wanted to escape into Lucy and Joshua’s world, stand in the corner, watching them like a creeper, I wanted to befriend them, I wanted to relax with Lucy over a glass of wine after a long day at work, I wanted to know everything that happened in between every moment, every lost look, every sigh, every secret smile.
The Hating Game has quickly become one of my very favorite books, climbing its way onto not only my Best of 2016 List but my favorite of all-time list. If this is how Sally Thorne marks her debut into the book world, I can only imagine what she has yet to do.