Lucy works as an executive assistant for the joint CEO of a publisher and loves books and Smurfs. She is nice and friendly to anyone but Joshua, the other executive assistant with whom she shares an office. Since the first day they met, they have been playing the Hating Game which involves staring games, secret codes and frequent trips to the HR department. The game becomes more heated when there is the chance for one of them to get a promotion. But between paintball games, misunderstandings and late-night feverish confessions, Lucy finds out that maybe Joshua doesn’t hate her so much.
At the beginning, I thought of this simply as an entertaining and romantic novel. But the more I read, the more I became addicted to Lucy’s life and her developing relationship with Josh so that I stayed up late in the night reading. I really loved the character of Lucy. She is weird but in a good funny way that often made me laugh. She is clever and confident and is not afraid to show her insecurities. As the hate between Lucy and Josh turns into lust, you know exactly where the story is going. The concept of the novel is nothing new but the witty and funny exchanges between Lucy and Josh, the author’s captivating writing, and the well-crafted characters create a sexy, smart and hilarious novel that you won’t be able to put down. (NP)
The Hating Game, the debut novel by Sally Thorne, is centred around an office rivalry. The synopsis says: "Nemesis (n.) 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 manoeuvres 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." The Hating Game is out in August 2016.