REVIEW: The Hating Game by Sally Thorne
It has come to my attention that this book has problematic issues. There's one extremely racist slur, a whole lot of abelist language, being fat is equated with being bad and used as an insult. Apart from that, there's the stereotypical gender enforcement, Joshua is both objectified by Lucy and also the attractive "manly" man who shows his manliness through domination and/or abuse. Here's a more detailed review about it, and Silvana's also the one who originally pointed it out and the reason I realised.
I'm really sorry I didn't notice these issues when I listened to the audiobook and I want to apologise to anyone I've hurt by it.
You can read my original (ignorant) review below, but I would advise you to advance it (and especially the book) with caution.
A well-delivered romantic comedy about a hate-to-love relationship between two colleagues.
Lucy and Josh have the same position, sit face to face in the same office, and both respond to a different boss in the same company. This because after a merging of two sinking companies into one, neither of them trusted the other enough to let 'one of them' be the boss alone. Thus, there are two bosses, and two assistants, Lucy and Josh. They're polar opposites and do everything to make the others' life annoying. And then a new position opens, and one of them will be the others boss. No way fighting for that job will go well, right?
This was a slow build, longer than I anticipated. Especially at first, there were moments where I thought "alright, now this is out of the way and they will go to loving each other." Turned out I was way too fast.
It was kind of reminiscent of fan-fiction (which probably says more about the fanfiction I used to read than about the story, but hush): a nemesis, a lot of competition, witty characters, suddenly having to take care of the other, obliviousness, there was even a supply closet!
There were not so much well-fleshed side characters (none, maybe?), but maybe that had to do with the type of novel.
I did like the connection between Lucy and Josh, their wit, banter and games. Lucy was strange and quirky, and Josh was a tad more complex than he let on.
Their back and forth conversations and shenanigans often made me smile. However, I liked the first half of the book better than the second. The wedding scene just dragged a bit too long for my liking, though I did like the part about breakfast.
What I didn't really like:
Lucy was REALLY oblivious
The characters were a bit immature (and they're holding up a company not doing any actual work?)
Some repetition in language, occasionally the same exact phrase would turn up two sentences later
A bit too much talk about how Josh was so absolutely gorgeous. This bothered me not only because it became repetitive, but also because guys have feelings too, and it was important for him to be wanted for more than his body. Why all the objectifying?
I do think it is one of the better stories if we're looking at adult romance books, and it was enjoyable.