Publisher: William Morrow
Lucy Hutton and Joshua Templeman hate each other. Not dislike. Not begrudgingly tolerate. Hate. And they have no problem displaying their feelings through a series of ritualistic passive aggressive maneuvers as they sit across from each other, executive assistants to co-CEOs of a publishing company. Lucy can’t understand Joshua’s joyless, uptight, meticulous approach to his job. Joshua is clearly baffled by Lucy’s overly bright clothes, quirkiness, and Pollyanna attitude.
Now up for the same promotion, their battle of wills has come to a head and Lucy refuses to back down when their latest game could cost her her dream job…But the tension between Lucy and Joshua has also reached its boiling point, and Lucy is discovering that maybe she doesn’t hate Joshua. And maybe, he doesn’t hate her either. Or maybe this is just another game.
I’m definitely in the minority when it comes to enjoying this novel. I thought the characters were one-dimensional and they had little to no chemistry.
The Hating Game has an interesting premise and features a hate to love relationship, which are always fun to read. However, Thorne’s characters felt like cardboard cutouts of more interesting characters.
Lucy doesn’t come off as cute or cunning. She comes off as annoying and naïve. Her internal monologue had me skimming for dialogue because it had me rolling my eyes.
Josh is a failed alpha male character. It’s clear throughout the book that Thorne was trying to write a male character, like Travis for Beautiful Disasters or Christian from 50 Shades, with an added lightness, however Josh misses the mark. Josh has his domineering and light moments, but the lack of balance between the two creates a character that doesn’t know who he is or wants to be.
There is absolutely not chemistry between Lucy and Josh throughout most of the book. It wasn’t until about 200 pages in that I felt any sort of attraction between the two characters. There are various moments when their chemistry should be sizzling off the pages, but, unfortunately, never does. This is due in part to the lack of characters development, but mostly due to the awkward dialogue. The dialogue is clumsy more than anything. It doesn’t feel realistic and it is certainly not sexy.
Overall, I was thoroughly disappointed with The Hating Game. I expected a lot more out of it, but it failed to deliver on all fronts.