Lucy works as an executive assistant for the joint CEO of a publisher and loves books and Smurfs. She is nice and friendly to anyone but Joshua, the other executive assistant with whom she shares an office. Since the first day they met, they have been playing the Hating Game which involves staring games, secret codes and frequent trips to the HR department. The game becomes more heated when there is the chance for one of them to get a promotion. But between paintball games, misunderstandings and late-night feverish confessions, Lucy finds out that maybe Joshua doesn’t hate her so much.
At the beginning, I thought of this simply as an entertaining and romantic novel. But the more I read, the more I became addicted to Lucy’s life and her developing relationship with Josh so that I stayed up late in the night reading. I really loved the character of Lucy. She is weird but in a good funny way that often made me laugh. She is clever and confident and is not afraid to show her insecurities. As the hate between Lucy and Josh turns into lust, you know exactly where the story is going. The concept of the novel is nothing new but the witty and funny exchanges between Lucy and Josh, the author’s captivating writing, and the well-crafted characters create a sexy, smart and hilarious novel that you won’t be able to put down. (NP)