If you don’t have a guilty pleasure, The Hating Game will make you understand what it means to have one. It’s not the best contemporary novel out there. In fact, the writing is quite juvenile, and the story is full of clichés that can make you feel jaded. Nevertheless, there is something about this book that will make you savor it until the very last page.
Every game you’ve ever played has been to engage with him. Talk to him. Feel his eyes on you. To try to make him notice you. —Lucy
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.
When I first saw this book in one of my local bookstores, I was immediately attracted to the following things:
1. The cute cover
2. The unique title
3. The protagonist who also happened to be named Josh
However, the price kept on pushing me away. I did not want to pay 15 dollars for a paperback. I was finally persuaded to read The Hating Game after I watched Sophia’s review on BookTube. She compared the novel to the popular works of Stephanie Perkins and Rainbow Rowell, so I wanted to confirm such generous praise. Little did I know that I would be savoring this book like candy..
Now what makes The Hating Game special and worthwhile? It’s the characters. The hilarious, adorable, and “shippable” Lucy Hutton and Joshua Templeman. If you’re fond of sarcastic, witty, and well-developed characters, then this OTP would brighten your day. Lucy has a tendency to be pathetic and annoying, but her playful and intuitive personality will eventually grow on you. As for Josh, I totally understand why female readers claim him as their fictional boyfriend. He’s practically described as the epitome of masculine perfection, so good luck finding your own Doctor Josh in real life.
In the end, I assure you that my 15 dollars did not go to waste. Lucy and Josh’s story isn’t that original, but it will fill you to the brim with happy feels. Given this book’s giggle-inducing content, I suggest reading it in private. Otherwise, you might suffer in humiliation as people question your sanity.