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AN ABSOLUTELY GORGEOUS HATE-TO-LOVE ROMANCE - 5+STARS
4 April 2019
'The Hating Game' has been sitting on my TBR for a while. I didn't expect to love it, but I did. It is entertaining, observant, witty and even tender. The book has a familiar enemies-to-lovers theme, but it is done so expertly, that it has to be one of the best books I've read, using this approach, imho.
What a clever writer Sally Thorne is with her sharp and snappy, but thoughtful style. (This is her debut? Amazing!) What fabulous and relatable characters she created in 'opposites and rivals', Lucy Hutton (who is the voice of the narrative) and Josh Templeman! Lucy is colourful, left-of-centre and adorable. Josh comes across as an arrogant and cynical guy with a hard edge, but there was more to him than meets the eye. They're both smart and capable. Each are executive assistants to the two respective co-CEOs of a newly formed publishing company (a merger that was forced, in order to survive the redirection of public preferences in reading). The two lovelies are also savvy regarding office politics and play many mind games with each other, until circumstances peak, then gradually start to shift making room for new situations and some romance, perhaps?
What a gorgeous narrative. It is easy to see how this trope would translate easily into a movie script.