The Hating Game – Sally Thorne


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 has always been certain that the nice girl can get the corner office. She’s charming and accommodating and prides herself on being loved by everyone at Bexley & Gamin. Everyone except for coldly efficient, impeccably attired, physically intimidating Joshua Templeman. And the feeling is mutual.

Trapped in a shared office together 40 (OK, 50 or 60) hours a week, they’ve become entrenched in an addictive, ridiculous 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 new promotion goes up for the taking.

If Lucy wins this game, she’ll be Joshua’s boss. If she loses, she’ll resign. So why is she suddenly having steamy dreams about Joshua, and dressing for work like she’s got a hot date? After a perfectly innocent elevator ride ends with an earth shattering kiss, Lucy starts to wonder whether she’s got Joshua Templeman all wrong.

Maybe Lucy Hutton doesn’t hate Joshua Templeman. And maybe, he doesn’t hate her either. Or maybe this is just another game.


What a fun romp! Lucy and Joshua played such ridiculous mind games, and it was such a joy to read. Smurfs and paintballing — who thinks of these things? This story could have honestly been a sitcom. I would watch that.

Lucy’s interpretation of the world was so off-base, it was crazy. But that led to the Danny ordeal, so that was all worth it. I LOVED the illness weekend. Yay for doctors! And for 1000 smurfs (WHO THINKS OF THIS STUFF?). Really, how cute. The office scenes were so great, especially since Lucy and Joshua completely befuddled their coworkers (except Helene… she knew what was up).

The wedding — I just knew what the catch there was, and I was so glad to see it play out. Yes, the story was somewhat predictable. But in this case, the journey was the reward. I didn’t expect Anthony to be as cruel as he was though. I kind of hoped we got to see a little further into the future. The presentation. The farm. A brunch. Just give us some more! I didn’t want it to end.

There’s definitely a distinct “foreign” note to this story. At first I thought this was some good ol’ Brit-chicklit, but then I read that Sally Thorne is from Australia! How fun. If I knew that from the beginning, I think it would’ve changed how I pictured some of the settings in the story. But that wasn’t anything major.

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  • Me Before You – Jojo Moyes
  • Plus One – Brighton Walsh
  • The Devil Wears Prada – Lauren Weisburger

Rating: 5/5

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