Well, I really wasn’t expecting that. In fact, how much I loved this book was made all the sweeter by how much I thought I wouldn’t enjoy it. I mean, even after picking it up and getting sucked in by the sample, I was mentally chastising myself for picking up a book set in a corporate office (*shudders*- that’s my own personal hell). A book about two co-workers that can’t get on? No thanks! But then, much to my surprise… I. Could. Not. Put. It. Down.
I used to think that contemporary/romance had a hard time reaching me emotionally and I took pride in sniffing out all the cheese a mile away- yet it’s because of books like this that finally made me go WHO AM I KIDDING?! I was eeking and squeaking all the way through like a very contented mouse. And how could I not? The Hating Game is one of those books that fills you up with SO MUCH GLEE. It was ridiculously funny! Honestly, most of my notes are “*cue riotous laughter*” and “cackles hysterically, can’t type notes”. It doesn’t make for the best review, granted, but it was hella fun to read!
What made it even better was the emotional range. I was delighted one moment, angsty the next, and crying because they just couldn’t see eye to eye after that (yes, I cry easily, even at comedies, but we’ve been over that 😉 ). Luckily for me, most of the time I was just crying with laughter here 😉
And of course, I was cheering on the relationship the whole way. It was sweet, romantic and yes sexy as sin (*caution not for people who blush easily*- because le gasp at some of the lines). Plus, it dealt in some of my favourite tropes: notably hate-to-love and the secret sweetheart (wowzers at the male lead). All of which was perfectly executed- so much so that I was almost idol worshiping the writing. By the end, I was so buzzing from this book, I was practically bouncing off the walls. Really, I’ve run out of words 😀 😀 😀
So apologies if that was more gush than review, but at least now you’ll understand why I’m giving out five bananas like their candy:
Rating: 5/5 bananas
Have you read this? Do you plan to? And out of interest, how do you fare on the rom com front? Stoic or sap like me? Let me know in the comments!