Unpopular Book Review: The Hating Game by Sally Thorne

Resultado de imagen para the hating game coverTitle: The Hating Game

By: Sally Thorne

Published: August 9th 2016

By: Hachette

Genre: Adult-Contemporary-Romance-DNF


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 prides herself on being loved by everyone at work – except for imposing, impeccably attired Joshua Templeman.
Trapped in a shared office, they’ve become entrenched in an addictive, 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 promotion is on offer.
If Lucy wins, she’ll be Joshua’s boss. If she loses, she’ll resign. So why is she questioning herself? Maybe she doesn’t hate him. And just maybe, he doesn’t hate her either. Or maybe this is just another game . . . 


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I really like to finish the books I read and in general when I DNF a book can be for many reasons, it has happened to me that I don’t feel in the mood for that specific book or genre, but anyway I think I’ll read it at some other time. Or in other cases I just don’t feel connected to the plot or with some character and I get bored so I also dismiss it for the moment. .But what has happened to me with this specific book is that I just hate it and I can’t continue with it


I don’t want to start a kind of war with those who love this book, this is just my opinion and I’ll always be as respectful as I can. I don’t give Rating to books that I don’t finish, out of respect for the author, I really feel that it isn’t in my right to rate a book which I haven’t read in its entirety, personally I think it would be unfair 

I was very curious about The Hating Game especially for the great hype that surrounds it, it’s a book that here at Goodreads has 4.25 stars in its general rating and that is amazing, it means that many people have given 5 or 4 stars, I’ve seen that it’s the undisputed favorite of many people who I love from the community, bloggers and booktubers, and this was something that caught my attention and I wanted to try it. I have also been reading a lot of fantasy lately and I was really looking forward to reading some lighter and more fun contemporary, so yeah, I thought that this book would be perfect for this moment.

I’ve read 100 pages of the book, not much. So I’ll only comment on some points which have made me not want to continue with it. To begin the theme of the book is based on a relationship that begins with both main characters hating each other, is a kind of the hate-to-love relationship, this kind of romance in general is fun doesn’t bother me at all and although it’s cliche I think it can be handled in a fun and engaging way. In this specific book I think it was handled in a way that hasn’t worked for me, since at no time I felt the “chemistry” between the characters, rather I felt it very forced, as if they would have to fight for some reason so that the plot can move forward. I felt that the reasons for their fights was very silly. I really don’t think that any of Lucy’s “explanations” can produce something such as hate, it’s so exaggerated.


The first thing I noticed was the behavior of the characters, I think their are about 26 or 28 years old I’m not sure, and they act all the time as a teenager, not even as teenagers, I think more like children. They conversations are extremely immature and pointless and have made me feel extremely uncomfortable, especially Lucy’s behavior during these 100 pages that I’ve read are absolutely absurd and I felt a lot of shame for her. Lucy is a very particular character, I can’t stand her at all, she’s very nosy, she’s immature and for what she has made clear to me about 1000 times she’s very short, OMG I understood her at first but I think it’s something that really bothers her so she’s repeating it all the time, I don’t get it, just STOP Lucy.
She also has very unfortunate phrases, one of them annoyed me more than the others so I want to highlight herein a moment where Lucy is describing Josh, she says something like “I wish I could say he’s ugly. fat troll, with a cleft palate and watery eyes “. I understand that she tries to say that she wants him to be ugly but in actually he’s super handsome, but say something like cleft palate is in fact something that I dislike, I know people with this problem and it’s just not fun, I think it was out of place. But this is not the only phrase I found in 100 pages that made me cringe, there are many more. Like the repetitive way that she has to call “fat” to people in a derogatory way, is really disgusting


Josh is the typical Christian Gray for me, he’s described as the perfect man, he’s so physically perfect that is unreal and annoying, he treats her badly, he tells him unpleasant and uncomfortable things and after a moment he turns the conversation so that it sounds sexual and even when I don’t really know, I’m sure that he has a horrible, traumatic and tragic past which “justifies” all his behaviors.
The only thing that I know for sure is that he’s in love with Lucy for some reason that I don’t understand because it’s obvious that she’s terribly deranged lol. But Lucy never realizes this and she thinks it’s a good idea to look for things to destroy him, behaving as only she knows and being spooky and obsessive, she really scares me guys.

The book is in its entirety told under Lucy’s point of view and taking into account that I can’t stand her, then it’s very difficult for me to continue reading, I’m not interested in the plot, I think the relationship is very problematic, it isn’t healthy, it doesn’t make sense to me. I have been told that it’s a fun book but I haven’t laughed at all, it’s rather creepy, I don’t understand why it has so much rating. I’m sorry if this review hurts your feelings but that’s just what I think. I don’t recommend this book but I’m still interested to know other non-popular thoughts about it so let me know if you read it and what you think about 



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35 thoughts on “Unpopular Book Review: The Hating Game by Sally Thorne

  1. This is one of the books that’s next up on my TBR for this month. I’ve heard nothing but good things about this book but it’s so refreshing to see a different take on the book. I can’t wait to read it and see where I stand.

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  2. I really enjoyed this book when I read it, but I appreciate your opinion and the fact that you didn’t feel afraid to state it!
    Everyone has a right to their own opinion and I hate it when reviewers don’t feel free to go against the popular opinion to state their own thoughts! I went into blogging promising my truth to my readers no matter what, and I know I won’t always choose books or have opinions what everyone agrees with… BUT WHO CARES?!
    If we can’t be honest then what’s the point in this?? Love what other’s hate and Hate what other’s love, just so long as you’re being true to your own feelings and giving the open-minded truthful opinion that you feel that it deserves! Thanks for the post!

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  3. I only just started this book, and that line about a cleft palate pissed me off big time, it seems obvious she (the author) doesn’t really understand what a cleft palate is. Because it’s not visible on someone’s face, you would have to be looking inside of their mouth to see it. Also why are we making fun of birth defects, or pointing out how “ugly” they are? We will see where this book goes from here but my hopes aren’t high.

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    • I totally agree, I still can’t believe how the author and the readers don’t see that kind of thing. It wasn’t even something that the characters needed to say, it was really disrespectful. I hope you get something good out of your reading darling


  4. I’ve always had my doubts about this book, but seeing as everyone seems to love it I was thinking of giving it a chance. Now, not so much! I just think like I would feel the same way you did and I’m just not at all interested in it anymore!

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    • I really from the bottom of my heart could NEVER recommend this book and be fine with it. I think it’s a set of everything I hate to see and it was so uncomfortable for me. Even so, and I must tell you, if you get to read it then I hope you enjoy it, really, but if you have already decided that you’ll not, I think it’s the best decision, honestly. There are so many better romances out there 💛

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  5. Absolutely loved your review. So honest. I’m tempted to download a sample just to see how truly bad it was. I’ve read similar novels that made me cringe and DNF. Glad to see you’ve spoken your mind as we don’t need to spend money on poorly constructed novels. Thank you!

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    • Aw, Kathy, you’re so nice, thank you SO much for your kind words! 💕
      It’s a shame that the book didn’t work for me because I know it’s VERY beloved, but there’s not even one good thing I can say about this book, so I have to be honest


  6. I strongly believe no two people read the same book. Your review sound as if you feel you have to justify not caring for this book. I think that’s a shame. Simply stating your opinion, maybe give a few examples of what you did not care for, and that should be enough. Hopefully as readers we all respect each other enough to not attack someone with a different opinion. I will say though when I see such a strong negative review, it makes me very curious. I probably will read this book now just to find out what’s so bad about it! I’ve always heard any publicity is good publicity. I guess this is a good example of that!


    • I’m 100% agree, I think that at the moment when I found myself reading the book and I knew that I don’t like it, it was going to be a huge unpopular opinion, and I confess that I was a little scared of being attacked for it, because it’s such a well-loved book, you know?, today maybe I wouldn’t give so many explanations, I totally get what you mean, but still, at least I could explain in detail why I didn’t like it, in case someone had doubts about it. Although it wasn’t my cup of tea, I hope you enjoy it if you read it, I would love to know your opinion 😊

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  7. I’m on page 204. And it’s only getting worse. It’s shocking to me there are good reviews. I am actually uncomfortable reading it. I’ll fijnsh, though, as I’ve resolved to read all of my book-club books this year.

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    • I’m so sorry that you’re having an uncomfortable experience with it, I thought the same when I try to read it & being honest, I don’t know why there are so many incredible reviews, I’m aware that I ‘m the minority here, but the book certainly has flaws.


  8. OMG I am so glad I have found someone who feels the same way. I read it a couple months ago and was so unbelievably let down by this book. I don’t get it, why are there sooo many people who bang on about how good it is? Their whole relationship seems so fake, like one minute she’s mad at him, the next she wants to drive to his house and pounce on him? Plus you are SO right, her excuses for disliking him are so dumb. I regret having read this book and it has put be off Sally Thorne’s writing so much that I don’t want to read 99% Mine (which I bought at the same time as THG).

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    • I’m so glad you share your experience with me, I always feel quite alone with my thoughts on this book so it feels good to know that someone is with me. I really respect all the people who love this book and their thoughts very much, but OMG, I can’t share it, just reading the chapters I read was torture, I think it’s disrespectful and super incoherent in a million ways, plus, I can’t stand the characters or their relationship. I agree with you 100%, although I do hope that you can enjoy the author’s other works ❤️


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