The Hating Game is such a popular book in the book community, that I had to find out what the hype was all about! Keep on reading to see what my opinion on this popular book is, and whether it’s a popular or unpopular opinion 😉
What is The Hating Game about?
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 . . .
What did I think of The Hating Game?
I have been so conflicted about this book for quite some time. On the one hand I really liked it. On the other hand I had some issues with some of the aspects and things that happened in the book.
First of all: after reading the Spanish Love Deception by Elena Armas, I realized that I am a sucker for office romance books. I don’t know why, it’s just a truth 😂 so I was very excited to dive into The Hating Game because it has been so popular in the romance community that I knew that it had to be good somehow.
I did think that both Lucy and Joshua were lovable characters who have their flaws of course. Joshua may not always be friendly in the beginning of the story but nevertheless I did like him somehow. Both characters are flawed and have their own past and their own problems which make them the person they are, which I enjoyed discovering.
What I didn’t expect is that things would start rolling so quickly in the book. I have a feeling that I was at about chapter 5 and there was already kissing and I did not expect things to go that quickly. When I saw that it was so early on in the story that things started kicking off already, I was a bit scared that I would not like the rest of the book and that it would be a very slow book. Luckily, it didn’t turn out to be that way, because I did binge read this book in one day.
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I also had some issues with the ending. On the one hand I thought it was cute that Joshua quit his job so there would be no fighting over the executive job. But on the other hand, I also have a feeling that if you’re a couple, you should be happy for each other, whoever gets the job and then I don’t think that it was Joshua‘s best move to step down.
Overall I did enjoy reading this book and it was a fairly quick read for me. I had a good laugh so I will be rounding this up to 3.5 stars.