Important Lessons from The Hating Game

Hello there, Savvy Readers!

It’s no secret that I enjoy a good rom com, and I jumped at the chance to read The Hating Game when it came across my desk.

Thorne - The Hating Game

The Hating Game is the debut novel from author Sally Thorne. It tells the story of Lucy Hutton and Joshua Templeman, workplace enemies who are forced all too often to be together.

As the novel starts out, both learn that they are up for a huge promotion at work; a promotion that will make one the boss of the other. With the stakes higher than ever, Lucy is determined to win their years-long battle of wills. But as the tension between the pair rises, Lucy discovers that she might not hate Joshua at all. In fact, the feelings that she has might actually be the exact opposite…

Despite the fact that most view rom coms as light, fluffy reads (which they are, and that’s okay!), I firmly believe that there are great lessons that can be taken from any book. And The Hating Game is no different. The novel is full of lessons on life, love, and work dilemmas.

It’s possible to confuse feelings of love and hate.


“Love and hate are visceral. Your stomach twists at the thought of that person. The heart in your chest beats heavy and bright, nearly visible through your flesh and clothes. Your appetite and sleep are shredded. Every interaction spikes your blood with a dangerous kind of adrenaline, and you’re on the brink of fight or flight. Your body is barely under your control. You’re consumed, and it scares you. Both love and hate are mirror versions of the same game—and you have to win.” – The Hating Game (Not a spoiler. This comes from page 1.)

The right lipstick is a powerful thing.


And not because it attracts guys. Because it can make a anyone feel like a Boss.

Office tension is not always a bad thing.


In fact, sometimes it is a very, very good thing. Very good.

Everybody deserves a second chance.


Particularly when that person is a tall, dark & handsome coworker.

Never give up on your favourite pajamas.


Because the person you’re meant to be with will only love you more in your Sleepysaurus pajamas.

Always take a stand for what matters.


Whether it’s the person you love or the career you dream about, always take a stand.

So there you have it. Six important lessons about life and love from my favourite new non-guilty pleasure! Have you read The Hating Game yet? Let me know what you thought of it!


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