The Hating Game

TITLE: The Hating Game
AUTHOR: Sally Thorne
READ DATE: August 4, 2019 to August 9, 2019
RATING: ★★★★ // 4.25

I’m going to be honest with you all, I picked this book a month ago and put it down cause the start of it was not grabbing my attention. Totally thought the same thing when I went to pick it up this second…but as you can tell…I read this book in 5 days.

Sooooooo, it’s totally worth that painful start.

Things I loved:

Josh. I don’t even really know where to start. Yes, there were somethings that he did that made me raise an eyebrow and wonder if that’s normal. (but then again this whole book made me think if anything about their relationship was normal.) But the fact that he cared so much about Lucy, and was really playing the part of him hating her to the max. Which makes his confession so much sweeter when it comes. Not to mention, Josh is hella shy and once you realize everything just kinda clicks. Ugh…Josh….he’s just great. He’s the balance to Lucy that she needs and she’s the balance that he needs. My heart can’t handle it.

Lucy. I have mixed feelings about Lucy from the start. But the second half of the book, she really grew on me. I loved how she finally put the fact that she doesn’t hate Josh and realized that she loves him. And let me tell you, it was worth every single stupid thing she put us through in this story. But when she chewed out his dad, that was scene that made me fall in love with Lucy. You saw how much she really cares about Josh and to the point that she’s willing to make it known to literally every single person that is sitting at breakfast. Perfect. Perfection. Yes, Lucy, stand up for your man.

The Build-Up. It was literally perfect. As much as I was rolling my eyes and thinking to myself “this wouldn’t really happen” while reading at the end it was totally worth it. The perfect balance of them being obviously of their feelings towards each other to totally playing into each others hands. My freaking heart couldn’t take it. And every time we believed that something was going happen it was taken away from us. Believe me, I was so annoyed at some points, but THE SCENE…THE SCENE…ugh…makes its worth it!

Lucy’s Boss + Parents. Three side characters that I still constantly think about it. Lucy’s parents are a gem, deserve the world, and for everyone to eat their strawberries. The way that Lucy was worried about putting her life on a hold for a guy and somewhat had a grudge against her mom for doing it, only to realize that wasn’t the case and things are like that anymore if you are with the right person. JUST…YES…MY HEART. Lucy’s boss was another gem. She knew so much and still tried to keep her mouth shut. And she was the perfect balance to Lucy’s madness (outside of Josh) which is exactly what was needed in this story.

Things I disliked:

Lucy. Listen, I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: I can totally love something and hate it at the same time. This is what happened with Lucy. The first 25% of the book, Lucy got on my nerves so much I almost put it down again. Yes, she’s 28 (which right now is a year older than me) and the way she acted sometimes made me cringe. I had to rememeber that she’s older than me, cause sometimes I felt like it was more young adult than new adult at times.

The writing style. Okay, I thought I was a flowery writer. I love describing things and everything in between. But we would get one thing from Lucy describing the color blue and we would get seventy things to describe that shade of blue. And I don’t know, it kind of took me out of the story at times from how many things were listed. I know it was part of Lucy’s personality, but at the end of the day, do we really need twenty things that describe Josh’s eyes (that are hella blue by the way.)

The Office Games. I talked on this earlier, but I don’t know. I felt at some point they become juvenile, pointless, and so many of them were the same thing. I fell bored with them, and wanting something new in the office to take place, but I guess that was what the office was for.

The ending. Hear me out! I loved, loved, loved, loved the ending! But at the same freaking time I wanted to see Josh and Lucy’s presentations for the job promotion. I wanted to see them decking it out and how it would really play out if one of them got it over the other. The way their relationship would end up and how they would work through it. I don’t know, I felt like Josh leaving the week before (and then us not finding out until the end) was kind of a let down.

Overall, I thought that this book would be around a 3.5 for me. Then the paintball scene happened and other things started to click and it slowly climbed its way up to 4.25. All of that to say, if you aren’t in love with it at first then I promise it will get better later on.

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