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The Hating Game

Narrated by: Katie Schorr
Length: 11 hrs and 29 mins
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Publisher's Summary

Lucy Hutton and Joshua Templeman sit across from each other every day...and they hate each other. Not dislike. Not begrudgingly tolerate. Hate. 

Lucy can't understand Joshua's joyless, uptight approach to his job and refusal to smile. Joshua is clearly baffled by Lucy's overly bright clothes, quirkiness, and desire to be liked. Now they're up for the same promotion, and Lucy, usually a determined people pleaser, has had enough: it's time to take him down. 

But as the tension between Lucy and Joshua reaches its boiling point, it's clear that the real battle has only just begun....

This best-selling, laugh-out-loud romantic comedy is an unmissable, utterly loveable treat and is perfect for fans of Sophie Kinsella's My Not So Perfect Life or Jo Watson's Love to Hate You.

©2016 Sally Thorne (P)2016 Little, Brown Book Group

Critic Reviews

"Charming, self-deprecating, quick-witted and funny." (The New York Times)

"The next Sophie Kinsella." (Bustle)

"A smart and funny modern romance." (Good Housekeeping)

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You make me smile! Thank you so much

I’ve listened to this book twice, smiling to myself as I walk to work. It makes my world full with smiles and happiness as I listen on how Lucy and Joshua talk to each other. It’s sooo cute!!!!! My eyes are now heart shape and I’m filled with warm happy feels. Please moreeeeeeee!! *fan gurl sqeeel*

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saucy and engaging

VERY well written and read. I don't think I rolled my eyes at all :)

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Enjoyable Read

Slow at the start, great finish. A good light hearted read overall.Very good narration and performance.

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Loved this book and the narrator

Listened to The Hating Game during my daily commute and found myself frustrated that I didn't have further to go so I could keep listening. Katie Schorr's narration was excellent, so easy to listen too and not overly dramatic.

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So good

This is the best enemies to love romance I’ve ready /listened too .

It’s funny and heartwarming, it’s so well written and the characters unfold so well you fall in love too

Ant wait for Sally Thorns next book

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Thank you Katie Schorr!

I read this book years ago, but it was a joy to hear the characters brought to life by the narrator. She was perfect. A real joy to listen to this sweet story, that can only be told from Lucy's aspect and the characters were all voiced so well.

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The Hating Game

such a good read and the characters are funny. absolutely enjoyed it couldn't put it down

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Such an enjoyable read I didn't want it to end

I love my chick-lit books and I can't remember the last time I enjoyed a book so much. Loved the two lead characters. Lucy was sassy, strong and cute at the same time which makes her adorable. And Josh, sexy and dark but with a super soft inside. The plot was fast moving, interesting, well-developed and personalities well fleshed out. The narration was good too. My first book from this author and I cannot wait to read more of her books.

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The Hating Game - game set match

Loved the daily banter between these two coworkers who absolutely despise each other...... or do they? The Hating Game is a fabulous fun office romance with a twist. I’d love to tell you more but that’d be giving too much away. But what I will say though, is that I’m sure you’ll enjoy this as much as I did.

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aaarrrggghh, annoying love hate

did they really not know they were crazy for each other??? she was going to his house, making out and it still wasnt obvious her. kinda unbelievable but maybe this is how young adults are these days - DENSE!

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  • Caroline Sopelsa
  • 24-02-2019

Sweet, fun and awesome story

I strongly recommend this book to anyone who loves romance. It was so sweet and delicious to listen/read to. Ack, I want more!!!

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  • Monique Cashmere
  • 01-01-2019

Simple Amazing!

I had read this book before but needed to revisit and fall into Lucy and Josh’s world again. Listening while reading has been my new favorite thing to do and to finish off 2018 when this gem was priceless.

The story is one of the best slow burns I have read.
The narrator captures Lucy’s persona brilliantly.
The only thing better would have been if Josh had is own voice, but it won’t make me rate it any less.

If you have heard the hype on this one, and you love your romance to be authentic, grab this one.

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  • Bernadette
  • 31-07-2019

Best book I’ve listened to

The story was not overly filled with sexually explicit narrative rather used storytelling to develop the most lovely, loving relationship between two people.well done. And beautifully told.

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  • Dani Reviews Things / Love in a time of Feminism
  • 01-04-2018

This may have ruined hate-to-love romances for me!

I AM IN A PUDDLE OF FEELINGS. GAAAAH.

I finished this book days ago, and I still can't deal with the fact that it's over. I both regret and don't regret the binge-reading (finished in less than 24 hours...mid-work week). I'm just glad I have this in both audio and Kindle format so that I can read/listen again and again whenever I want because THIS WAS TOO GOOD. (The audio is done really well, FYI.)

I love love love hate-to-love romances, and this one is done so well and so uniquely. We've got forced proximity on a daily basis, glorious banter, and oodles of sexual tension. OODLES.

If you follow me on Twitter or have read other reviews by me, you might know that I am not a fan of the short and petite heroine thing. Not every damn heroine needs to be a tiny redhead. So I wasn't impressed at first when, lo and behold, Lucy is only five feet tall. Pair that with Josh, who is over six-foot. Authors tend to write these stereotypical pairings without thinking of the logistics; if you take a moment to think about it, making out with a height different of over a foot is going to be uncomfortable at best, and possibly even quite painful. BUT NOT SALLY THORNE. Sally actually thought this one through and acknowledged the difficulties. Lucy has to climb at times, Josh has to bend down or pick her up (to put her against a wall!!!!!!!), there's a lot of "I think you're too big for me"... Thank you so much, dear sweet Sally, for not just ignoring real world problems. (P.S. I want Anna Kendrick in this role right now.)

Lucy was a great character in general. The whole story is narrated from her point of view, and I really felt like she was real. She was hilarious, but also snarky and unsure and flawed. She knew and liked who she was, but she also struggled with self-doubt at times. It drove her absolutely mad that she could get on with everyone except Josh. But, like I'm sure a lot of people can relate with, her desire to be liked by others often meant she was taken advantage of. By everyone...except Josh. Oh, Josh, you were clearly what Lucy needed.

I would have found Josh annoying, too. He's very clearly a Smart Guy, but also sooooo serious. Unlike Lucy, he doesn't try to make friends with everyone, and the reason for his standoffishness is revealed later. What was refreshing was that he was Ridiculously Good-Looking, but he hated being objectified. When Lucy remarked on his looks, it put him on edge. I'm not used to seeing that, especially from a hero. He could be quite direct, but Josh showed he cared when it counted. I especially loved a part in the middle where he had to take care of Lucy; there were so many wonderful and funny moments in that, as well as a few that showed a deeper side to him.

Yes, I loved just about everything about this book, but I really loved was how we didn't have to wait until the very end for things to sizzle. Sally introduces the physical fun relatively early on through some super sexy make-out sessions. The sexual tension runs constantly as the two stare at each other across their desks, and, being an office romance, there are of course moments when the tension gets to be too much and a few not-so-original hiding places are utilised. That being said, it never gets too explicit. And really, their banter is hot enough as it is.

Full disclosure: there is a bit of a love triangle in this. Josh doesn't consider himself a "nice guy". In fact, he's a bit bitter about the whole nice guy thing. And Lucy is a nice girl, at least outwardly (she has a bit more spunk on the inside...hahahahaha). She wants a nice guy, and she tries to be interested in a nice guy, but the niceness cannot compare to the intensity of her "hatred" for Josh. He even encourages her to try it with the nice guy, dares her to be with him, in fact. This was maybe the only time I felt a bit off about the book.

The style of writing and voice were very witty and well-paced in general. Time was shown to pass without unnecessary fillers and enough drop-ins to scenes here and there that truly added to the story and the development of feelings. Honestly, that's one of my biggest issues when reading: unnecessary fillers or there not being enough time for feelings to really develop. But no, these two have worked together for a few years, and the book covers a few months, so I could 100% believe the eventual love between them.

There's a reason I finished this within 24 hours, despite having to work/sleep/etc. It was just so damn good. I'm genuinely worried that it's ruined other hate-to-love books for me for a while, as I've never read a hate-to-love done this well, and I've read quite a few great ones! I will admit that while I'm eager to see what Sally writes next, I'm a little bit nervous that it won't live up to the greatness of The Hating Game!

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  • Michelle OBrien
  • 16-11-2018

love this audiobook

love love love this book! I have re-read this book and will do again. Enjoy

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  • Beth Chown
  • 08-09-2019

ALL MY LOVE!

Holy hell. This book is everything I didn't know I needed in life. Totally predictable in places, in the BEST way possible. The plot, the characters, the narration, everything was perfection. I went on an emotional rollercoster throughout this novel and I was Truly invested in Luce and Josh from the off and their journey. Well worth a read, or a listen!

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  • Mandy
  • 07-09-2019

Loved this book

Couldn't stop listening, great story well narrated. Lots of laugh out loud moments and I was hooked to know what would happen next

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 04-09-2019

Sweet

A sweet romantic comedy. It was beautifully written. I will definitely be listening to this again.

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  • Sarah Marshall
  • 15-08-2019

Funny, lovable story

Really enjoyed this read. Have to admit took me a little while to get into the writing style that at first I found slightly annoying, but didn't take me long to get my head around it and loved it!

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 07-07-2019

great book

love it. The story is well written and characters well developed. Read it u will not regret

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  • Casey L
  • 03-06-2019

I absolutely Loved this book!!

I absolutely loved this booked so much I didnt want it to end😁
Also the narrator did so good 😁

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  • Reading Revelations
  • 16-12-2018

Absolutely brilliant

I loved this book so much I didn’t want it to end. A perfectly choreographed hate to love tale that had me hooked from start to finish. Loved it so much I’m going to buy the paperback to read again

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  • Dumetella
  • 12-09-2018

Kind of gets boring...

In the beginning of the book I really liked the story line, but after a while, chapter after chapter, there was no 'story' any more and the plot became repetitive and quite uninteresting...

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