💭Book Review: The Hating Game

Hello, my lovely bookworms!
How are you all doing? I have been a bit MIA this week because this was the week I submitted my primary medical school applications… so this week has been hectic in that regard and there have been some recent changes with my hospital job so that too has been hectic!

Today I am going to be doing a mini review on The Hating Game by Sally Thorne. This review is going to be more of a casual, conversational review unlike my more structured reviews!

Normally, I post my Flashback Friday post as it is Friday but I decided to go ahead and post this mini review because I have had it sitting in my completed drafts! I hope you guys enjoy the review.

The Hating Game

My Thoughts

Overall, I thought that the book was pretty good. I didn’t absolutely love the book but I still liked it. I think that the ending was the best part of the book! It started off pretty good… There was a bit of a plateau for me in the middle, but the end-middle to the end was great!

Lucy’s character: I found Lucy’s character to be likable in some ways and in others, she bothered me. I think my prime example for that was how she was always thinking about Josh’s body. I do want to preface this by the fact that I think there was a reason that was in the storyline and that the author was trying to convey something important. However, that being said, I still found myself irritated that there were so many descriptions of Lucy, quite frankly, lusting after and objectifying his body.

Games: Another thing was, I often times got confused by some of their games. It sort of felt like the reader was not let in on some of the thoughts behind the games and the significance of them. This might just be a “me” problem but yeah, all I can say is that, at times, I really was not sure what was going on in terms of the games that Lucy and Josh played while they were at work.

Bashing the Nice Guy: I found myself really annoyed with the nice guy bashing. I understand why it was in the novel but I think that there could have been just a little bit less of it. I got tired of reading it over and over after a while. I think that the author tried too hard to make the “bad boy” attractive and she tried to do it through bashing the nice guy type. It isn’t a good look to make yourself appear better by pushing others down is all I am going to say. I mean, we all love a good bad boy character but that is not because we do not like the nice guy. There are plenty of books where we all swoon over the nice guy!

Hate and Love – A Thin Line: I think that is an interesting concept that the author tried to convey. In a way, it is true. A lot of the emotions and feelings we experience when loving or hating are the same – we feel a rush of adrenaline, our hearts are racing. In the same vein, then, we can say that anger and love are similar. When we are angry, we get a rush of adrenaline and our heart rate is high. But I want to say that true hate is very different than love, at least in my opinion – feel free to disagree with me. I think that, if we look deeper, we see that Lucy hates that she loves Josh but she never actually hated him.

Father and son having issues because son is not a doctor thing: This is a pretty common cliche that we see among books and movies. I think that this sets forth/continues an unhealthy stereotype. It conveys that physicians are arrogant to the point that they think every other profession is below them, which is not the case. I have worked with physicians who talk about how amazing social workers are, for example, or how amazing teachers are and that the work that those individuals do impacts lives just as physicians do. I think we need to get over this idea that all physicians want their kids to follow in their footsteps just because all other professions are less. It is totally natural for parents to want their kids to go into something they themselves were involved in… and it is far more common for parents to want their children to follow in their footsteps for the sake of following in their footsteps than because being a doctor is lucrative, prestigious and anything else is considered less.

Rating: I am rating the book as a 3.75 stars. I think that it was a good read, but just not a great one! It pains me to discuss things that I did not like about a book and I am usually pretty generous about my ratings (if you didn’t notice that I mostly give 4 or 5 star reviews 😂). The reason I am cautious about my ratings and reviews is because I always try to keep in mind the author and that all books are works of art in their own right and that we all have very different tastes! I also want to end this review by saying I did like the book despite some of the criticism I listed above! Oh and I am still excited to watch the upcoming movie adaptation!😁

I know this review was pretty casual and rant-like, but I hope you still enjoyed it! 😂 I hope you all have a wonderful and safe Friday.


5 thoughts on “💭Book Review: The Hating Game

  1. really great review! i liked this book when it just concerned the main characters, how they played with each other (even though it wasn’t the cheesiest or romantic scenes ever). otherwise, the background and side characters had such poor dynamics it made me bored and angry. i love when backgrounds are well structured and detailed, but as you said the doctor stereotype ugh i’ve had enough, as well as Lucy mocking her boss whenever he’s mentioned by fat-shaming, Josh saying the r-word. I know it’s supposed to be fictional characters that reflect reality and blablaba, but Josh and Lucy are fit and super skinny, I think it was just unnecessary. Wow okay, i’ve ranted a lot i’m sorry, it was a good review!!! thank you!


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