Note: This is part of a series on BookTok and the books it features by my fall intern Kaitlin “Kait” Carmichael. We hope you enjoy it.
This past week, I read The Hating Game by Sally Thorne, and all I can say is, go to Barnes & Noble right now and buy this. The Hating Game is perfect for any romantic comedy lover. Due to language and sexual content, it’s definitely an adult read.
Lucy Hutton is a small-town girl who came from a family of strawberry farmers. Joshua Templeman is a cold, sharp man who comes from a family of doctors. Both worlds collide when their respective publishing companies merge, and they are forced to work together. Both Lucy and Josh hate each other, and the entire workplace knows it. This causes issues and surprises throughout the book, which creates great tension and leaves you wanting more. This classic enemy-to-lovers story is filled with awkward encounters, a love triangle, and a promotion that might make or break everything.
This story is filled with witty dialogue, short quips toward the other, and the ever-classic-only-one-bed trope. If I had to compare this story to a well-known romantic comedy movie it would be “The Proposal,” starring Sandra Bullock and Ryan Reynolds. As in “The Proposal,” The Hating Game is based in a work setting, and the characters don’t have a great relationship. Something comes up to bring them together, whether they like it or not.
Thorne takes her time to establish the tension, setting, and emphasize that Lucy Hutton and Josh Templeman absolutely, undoubtedly hate each other.
The Hating Game is definitely a Yay in my eyes, and I can’t recommend this story enough to rom-com lovers. Overall, I would give this story an eight out of 10.
Once you finish the book, don’t fall into that post-reading slump because The Hating Game IS BECOMING A MOVIE! Yes, you heard me, no need to say goodbye to Lucy and Josh just yet, they are coming to the big screen.
Next week, I will review The Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller. I think I might need to buy some tissues for this book.