I’ve had a string of bad luck recently where I’ve bought books that have been hyped up massively online, not liked them, and have ended up stuck with a pile of books that I didn’t actually enjoy. I was delighted when I saw The Hating Game was available to order from my local library as I wouldn’t be wasting any money if I didn’t enjoy it. Of course, I ended up loving it and am now annoyed that I have to give it back.
I think I’m the last person to read this book so it feels unnecessary to give a recap, but just in case I’m not – The Hating Game is a contemporary romance that follows two colleagues, Lucy and Joshua, who hate each other. Like they fully despise each other. Everything they do is a contest, including the new promotion that they are both up for which would make one of them the others boss.
This is an enemies to lovers romance, and the trope is executed perfectly. The parts where they are competing and arguing are hilarious, and then the progression into a tentative friendship and then romance is wonderful. The romance feels well developed and earned. I loved them together and really believed in their relationship.
I loved both of the main characters. The book is from Lucy’s perspective, and her inner monologue is hilarious. She is nice without coming across as a total pushover, and weird without being annoying. Joshua is angsty without being overdramatic, and protective without being overbearing. It was just a small part of the book, but I also really enjoyed how the loneliness of the characters, particularly Lucy, was explored. You rarely see anything about loneliness and how difficult it is to make friends as an adult, although it is such a relatable thing.
This was such a fun read that I couldn’t put down. It reminded me of a early 2000’s rom-com, which anyone who knows me knows that this is genuinely the highest compliment I could ever give. As soon as I finished the book I wanted to pick it back up and start reading again, so I am definitely going to be buying my own copy soon!
Have you read The Hating Game yet? If so, what did you think? Let me know!