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The Hating Game
by Sally Thorne
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I feel like fans of Boyfriend Material would like this. The vibes are very similar.
But what made me like it less was how one-sided their love had been the whole time and how dumb they both were about approaching a relationship. The angst was good, the banter too. I just couldn’t get over the fact that they wasted sooooo much time when they really didn’t have to.
Ugh. This was basically low-key erotica. I really enjoyed the first half as I love my obvious romances that build, but I really think books need maturity content warnings because I had to keep skimming through X-rated parts, and that made the predictability far less fun. Asexual life is a struggle.
Overall quite fun and enjoyable
The sex scenes were a bit lacklustre and I didn't enjoy the whole "man big and muscly, woman small and tiny" schtick thats rammed down your throats repeatedly.
The point where Josh won me over was when he looked after a constantly vomitting Lucy the entire night and even cleaned her whole house in between cleaning up her vomit.
Liked them as a couple and had a fun time.
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Noioso e infantile, per me sono i due aggettivi che definiscono questo libro.
Una storia che fa acqua da tutte le parti a cominciare proprio dai due protagonisti che, piuttosto che due adulti molto competenti nel loro lavoro, sembrano essere due adolescenti rancorosi in piena tempesta ormonale.
Josh e Luce lavorano nello stesso ufficio, uno difronte all’altro, ma non riescono proprio a sopportarsi, in nessun modo.
Una storia di odio/amore che vorrebbe essere brillante e che invece alla lettura risulta solo noiosa, prolissa, puerile e affatto divertente. Si riprende, solo molto leggermente, nella parte finale, ma nel complesso è un libro di cui si può fare tranquillamente a meno, noioso, lento, per nulla appassionante e avvincente
For Lucy Hutton and Joshua Templeman, executive assistants to the CEOs of newly merged Bexley-Gamin Publishing, it's hate-at-first-sight. So begins a series of daily passive-aggressive maneuvers, including the staring game, the mirror game, and the HR game, each played with the intensity of the Hunger Games. Their mutual antipathy grows when a new executive position opens at Bexley-Gamin, and both their bosses put their names up for the promotion. Then, the high-stakes games begin! After another 60-hour work week, Lucy logs off her computer and hops on the elevator to head home, as does Joshua. When Joshua hits the emergency button and stops the ride, Lucy is certain her nemesis is going to kill her. Instead, he plants a kiss on her, and Lucy begins to wonder if she really does hate Joshua after all, or if this is yet another game. --
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Melvil Decimal System (DDC)813.6 — Literature English (North America) American fiction 21st Century
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This book that constantly objectifies a man, has a stalker turn into a love interest and extreme toxic jealousy is a bestseller and being turned into a movie?
Well, now I do know the world is ending.
I cannot believe I read this. I cannot believe I read this.
It is shit. It is unrealistic. I am a postgrad student and I work more in a day than these publishing company employees do throughout this entire book. Their banter is ridiculous. The female lead gave me second hand embarrassment with all this sex craze and the comments. The guy is ridiculous too but I felt bad when he actually had to ask this woman to stop objectifying him. The girl calls him a “beautiful racehorse”. There are other comments exchanged that I did not enjoy by the both of them. But this female lead continued to make me want to facepalm my face off.
At a time when we are upset about female characters about being treated unfairly by authors who write them with a male gaze, cheering this book on would definitely be the most unfair thing I could do, in my opinion. So this book is going down the toilet for me.
The obsession with the guy being tall her being “just” 5 feet. Okay? So what? Should I combust?
I should just stop. You get the drift. It’s shit.
No shade, if you read this for fun. I am glad you enjoyed it. I really could not. ( )