The Hating Game


Read on: 04/12/2016

Rating: ★★★★ 4.3/5

“It’s a corporate truth universally acknowledged that workers would rather eat rat skeletons than participate in group activities.”

The book starts with Lucy telling us about her work life. After the publishing company she works for decides to merge with another company, as both were slowly sinking on their own, Lucy has to share her office with the executive assistant of the other company, whom she passionately hates, Josh Templeman. The two sit across each other and every day find ways to either mock or torment one another. Their childish behaviour in their workplace doesn’t affect their performance but when it is announced that one of them could have a promotion their rivalry heightens to a whole new level. Or does it?

If you’re looking for a funny and entertaining book, this one is perfect. Love-hate relationship, lots of drama and a quirky and relatable main character. Personally, I saw a lot of myself in Lucy, I try hard to make people like me, even if I’m not conscious about it most of the time, and I love books. Joshua’s relationship wit Lucy reminded me so much of my first and all-time favourite ship (Dramione) that I devoured the book in a day. I just couldn’t put it down.

However, I’d like to point out a couple things which I think could have been better explored. Both of the main characters are pretty much two-dimensional and we don’t see much of their lives outside of their workplace, somehow it all leads back to their relationship. It’s unrealistic that neither of them has friends outside of their workplace (they don’t really have any friends at work anyway), and that Lucy only talks to her parents, even if she lost a best-friend recently. It also took a long time for them to actually do much of anything together, half way into the book this was starting to bother me a little.

Overall, I quite enjoyed this book, it was probably my favourite contemporary this year and it got me back into reading, which is great after weeks of working on university assessments.


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