"I have a theory. Hating someone feels disturbingly similar to being in love with them."
(The Hating Game by Sally Thorne)
When was the last time I picked up anything from the chick-lit genre? I have no idea, but don't hate me! You need me to tell you a thing or two about
The Hating Game,
the first novel by Sally Thorne, an extraordinary funny novel that will make you fall in love with the author, the characters and even the grumpiest person you know.
Do you know how difficult it is to work in a publishing house? Because it really is. And it's even worse when every time you look around the office, the first thing you see is your biggest nemesis.
Luce and Josh hate each other. They're mortal enemies, each other's worse nightmare.
And it gets even worse after they realize they will have to compete against each other once more, this time to get the promotion they both want.
But their hating game will only bring them closer and soon the truth will start coming out.
He's actually not as the asshole everybody thinks he is. She is not the girl everybody gets to use.
Once two people that hate each other, Luce and Josh will become the pair ready to defeat any obstacle getting on their way.
And they will do it the way they never dreamed they could: together.
In theory, I do like chick-lit, but somehow I always end up choosing the 'normal' romance (erotica) novel.
This novel was recommended to me by a friend whose advice on a book I will always take, and yet again it was confirmed she knows how to find a great novel.
The Hating Game is the best chick-lit novel I've ever read. First of all, I loved it because the characters hate each other. I know...I have that sadistic trait in me that likes to see people want to claw each other's eyes out. But I promise I love these things only in romance novels. The more they hate, the more fun we have, and the more they love in the end.
Another thing I've noticed here is a great character development. It's gradual and thorough. I have to congratulate the author on such a good job. The chemistry between Josh and Luce is visible from the very first page. It's like behind every scene is a silently ticking clock, making us think about some crazy atomic bomb, leading us toward the imminent explosion. But then, when it seems all the hope is lost, we realize the ticking is actually the sound of the oven giving the signal the cookies are done. What we thought was a receipt for a catastrophe was actually preparing us for a beautiful love story.
The line between the reality and imagination is as thin as the one between love and hatred, and everything depends on the perspective. That is what this novel will teach us. We will learn how limited is our knowledge about people around us, and how very rare are the people we actually know. Human behavior is a result of our experiences, our happiness, and our sadness. The reason we are the way we are lies deep inside, and we are very lucky once we find people who deserve to see our true colors.
Both Luce and Josh are scared of being left behind once more, so they think hiding behind strict faces and merciless argument will help them escape their true emotions.
It doesn't. Their relationship is based on mutual hatred and rivalry but it's so heartwarming and a bit insane, it progresses naturally and even a bit painfully. They are real people, like you and me; fighting, surviving and loving. They are funny, witty and each other's total opposites. Yet, they are so alike.
The Hating Game is my no.1 read this month and I'm really curious about what you will think about it. Let me know in the comment section.
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Sexual tension: 5.0
Sex scenes: 5.0
Story ending: 5.0
Secondary characters: 5.0
Here you can find this review in Croatian.