The Hating Game: A Novel

The Hating Game: A Novel

by Sally Thorne


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USA Today Bestseller

Debut author Sally Thorne bursts on the scene with a hilarious and sexy workplace comedy all about that thin, fine line between hate and love.

Nemesis (n.) 1) An opponent or rival whom a person cannot best or overcome.

                       2) A person’s undoing

                       3) Joshua Templeman

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780062439598
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 08/09/2016
Pages: 384
Sales rank: 943
Product dimensions: 5.10(w) x 7.40(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

Sally Thorne is the USA Today-bestselling author of The Hating Game. She spends her days climbing into fictional worlds of her own creation. She lives in Canberra, Australia with her husband in a house filled with vintage toys, too many cushions, a haunted dollhouse and the world’s sweetest pug.

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The Hating Game 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 80 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I swear these last few years there has been no decent romance to read. With everyone trying to copy vampires or D/s novels, the good stuff has been lost in the mix. I am so happy to see a new author and a great story again!! I hope she has another book ready soon and I hope we get more books like this. Great, fun read!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is addictive from the first page to the last!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This author has just made my auto-buy list. I can't wait to read more!
gaele More than 1 year ago
Lucinda Hutton and Joshua Templeton are polar opposites, the assistants to two CEOs of their two vastly divergent, and now merged, publishing houses. Everything about them is different: Josh is reserved, a bit uptight, tall, obsessively neat and intimidating. Lucy is petite, outgoing, colorful and a bit of a pushover, preferring being liked to being stern. Together they should be oil and water but their dynamic, including her desperate attempts to get ‘even’ by gaining a smile or a laugh not returned their first meeting. Told in Lucy’s point of view, her voice is clear and solid, and should have had me wondering what bug climbed up Josh’s butt, but her obvious desire to know him had me curious as well. She doesn’t ‘get’ the buttoned up, apparently non-book-loving employees that came over in the merge: none seem to have lived, breathed or dreamed publishing….and Lucy most certainly has. She’s that well-loved paperback with the spine taped that you have to hold ‘just so’ but you won’t ever forget every line, and read it often. Josh is that textbook the professer said you needed and never mentioned again – yet you daren’t get rid of it, in case you feel shallow. Keeping score in this admittedly juvenile game they have going, carefully tracking wins and near-wins, peppered with sharp and witty dialogue, clever moments of insight into Lucy, and a bit of slow-reveal of Josh. A team building paintball tournament isn’t the right time to become deathly ill, but Josh not only watches over Lucy like a hawk, he opens up a crack in the armor he uses as a shield to keep her at arm’s length. Sally Thorne’s use of dialogue, character development and reveal and the resolution of the conflicts between Lucy and Josh are clever, leading readers through a believable set of reasons to explain their personalities and the attraction between them. And that attraction is white hot and scalding, especially satisfying in the fact that there is no instant gratification, but a slow build to explosive ‘this is how it should be’ revelatory moments that are both heart and panty meltingly sweet and romantic. This is one of the ‘keeper shelf’ books, guaranteed to perk up a bad day and sure to be read often just for the heart. I received an eArc copy of the title from the publisher via Edelweiss for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.
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ScrapNSign 23 days ago
I'd give The Hating Game 10 stars if it was possible! This outrageously bitter, office rivalry will have you laughing out loud, so I highly suggest not eating or drinking while you read. The banter between Josh and Lucy is at an all-time high. With moments you'll want to tell your friends, because you'll honestly still laughing about it days after you've read it.
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Anonymous 5 months ago
Enjoyed the book and it kept me interested
Readaholic19 6 months ago
“I type my password: IHATEJOSHUA4EV@.” I loved this book so much and I can’t believe it took me so long to find this book. I love a great enemies to lovers story and Sally Thorne wrote this book so perfectly. I immediately loved every hating game that Lucy and Josh played and of course I was Team Lucy in the beginning. But by the end of the book I was Team Josh and was rooting for these two to end up together. I read this book in the span of just over a day and I can’t wait to re-read it already. There are so many little things that makes this book perfect! This book has the perfect amount of angst, steam and sweetness. There were parts of the book where I had tears streaming down my face and I felt so much for these characters. If you love a great enemies to lovers romance please run to pick this book up! Thank you for a wonderful book Sally Thorne - one that I will be re-reading over and over again :)
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Anonymous 9 months ago
This is the best book I’ve read in a long time!! You won’t want to put it down! MUST READ!!
Anonymous 11 months ago
Great book from start to finish! Absolutely loved it.
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Boundlessbookreviews More than 1 year ago
If I could live and breathe this book, I would.  If I could crawl into the pages and become Lucy Hutton I would. I think Joshua Templeman is my new Book Boyfriend.  He isn’t a superhero or vampire, he is a real guy, with real issues, but he is in love with a real woman, and their story is so unbelievably, heart-stoppingly, undeniably good.  I loved every second. This is the story that shows some men never learn past the stage of hitting or pushing the girl on the playground that they like when they are little boys.  And some women don’t realize that the man/boy who is being mean actually likes you. This book had me smiling the entire time I listened.  It had me crying a few times,  and immediately when I finished, I wanted to start over.  I told my co-worker that we should listen to it in the office together, then thought maybe not, because it is rather steamy.  Or as Audibly rates it “Hot damn,” which I couldn’t agree with more. I loved The Hating Game, the audiobook I listened to was fantastic, and I thought Katie Schorr was terrific.  I also found out that the rights have been purchased to make this into a movie. YAY!  I am giving The Hating Game 5 HUGE Boundless Stars.  
JNT77 More than 1 year ago
First few chapters I had some very strong dislike for the main character Lucy. The immature actions and dialogue almost made me want to put the book down. It was giving me a very juvenile feel and I wasn't in to it. Thankfully I didn't listen to that overtly judgmental voice in my head and I continued on reading. By chapter 5 I was hooked and needed to know how it ended.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I laughed so hard at this quirky,intelligent couple. And hunky Josh has some seriously hot moves. This book is a keeper!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Absolutely loved it! Couldn’t put it down. Lucy was quirky and had me laughing out loud, and her chemistry with Joshua was palpable. I really loved every second of it, and I can’t wait to read more by this author!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book was a surprise to me. Ive read so many books that I rarely find a story I havent read and I honestly give this book five stars. Its great!
smg5775 More than 1 year ago
Joshua and Lucinda work at the same publishing house and are now up for the same promotion. Since the mergers of their companies, being assistants to the co-CEOs, they have been sitting next to each other and playing games of one-upmanship with each. Now the stakes are higher because of the future promotion. This was cute. I smiled throughout as I finally saw Lucinda working things out. It is predictable but Lucinda is great. When she finally stands up to someone, I was cheering her on. She was impressive. A great beach read!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I couldn't put it down!!!
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book had me laughing out loud! Even though you could predict what was going to happen, you didn't know how or when! I was not ready for the story to be over! I simply loved It!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved it. This was the best book that I have read in a long time.