The Hating Game: Book Review
4.5 Stars – mostly because it had me so addicted and I couldn’t put it down. Though- at times I wanted to lower it to 4 just because of some silly dumb stuff but screw it.. I had a lot of fun reading this one!
So I’ve never actually read just a purely romance based contemporary before. I decided to give this one a go mostly because it sounded like a cute Rom Com and I needed to give my brain a small break from fantasy. It definitely didn’t disappoint.
Here’s the thing though. While the whole hate to love trope is a favorite of mine, and this one DID follow that… it was never pure hate. Both characters CLEARLY have thing for each other right off the bat. No pure hatred, mostly just denial about how they feel. Maybe I just expected way harsher feelings hence the name – but whatever. What I DID love was the banter/interaction regardless of what they claim to feel. And holy smokes… the tension was legit.
I was pretty sure I’d be able to predict the plot. You know, boy and girl hate each other… evil pranks/fights/etc commence… and then there’s one moment where everyone realizes how they feel and ladadada sparkles and romance… one last fight… and then boom, happy ending. You know, the typical chick flick romantic comedy movie. Surprising to say, this surprised me quite a bit. Not that it didn’t follow any of the usual plot lines, but it was much more unique than I expected.
But while I thoroughly enjoyed it – I did have a few little grievances. Not that this will bother anyone else (it probably won’t)… but I’m a little tired of the self conscious female romance with the perfect model-esque guy. (Heroines are allowed to have physical flaws but the love interest male isn’t?) Josh is made out to be Mr. Perfect in terms of physical appearance. I guess that is just how romance novels go- but I’d like a little more realistic guy for once. Every book I read (even in fantasy) seems to focus so much on how perfectly in shape the love interest is… how his appearance is flawless. How he smells like heaven even after a long workout. Please. I don’t mind a mention that he takes good care of himself / works out / etc.. but I mean… we’re practically beaten over the head with the perfection that is Josh. Oh and the fact that he looks like this yet doesn’t date around.
Either way, I had a blast reading it. Please note there is some mature content if you’re wary of that kind of thing.