Title: The Hating Game
By: Sally Thorne
Published: August 9th 2016
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 . . .
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 here, in 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