Book Clubbin’: 9 Discussion Questions for ‘The Hating Game’ by Sally Thorne

Our Book Clubbin’ blog feature has returned and this time we’re diving into a much loved listen with a highly anticipated big screen adaptation coming our way, and that listen would be The Hating Game by Sally Thorne.

In this debut from Thorne, we follow Lucy Hutton, the nice girl working at this big publishing company. She gets along with everyone in the office and everyone loves her except her office-mate and rival, Joshua Templeman. As tensions rise due to a looming promotion that will go to either Lucy or Joshua, they push each other in ways they never thought possible between them and soon they find out that there is a fine line between hate and love.

The Hating Game film adaptation starring Lucy Hale as Lucy and Austin Stowell as Joshua hits theaters today and I know I’m itching to see this steamy listen come to life on the big screen. So, if you’re book club has decided to give The Hating Game a read before hitting the movie theater, we’ve got all the questions you need to spark a great discussion.

Keep reading for our discussion questions below. Beware— SPOILERS ahead.


1) How did you feel about Danny as a love interest for Lucy? Was she ever actually interested in him?

2) Would you have preferred if this book was told in alternating chapters from both Lucy and Josh’s perspective?

3) Do you see any similarities between the two companies merging and Lucy and Josh falling for each other?

4) Do you think Lucy ever truly hated Josh?

5) Do you think Lucy would have stood up for herself without Josh’s influence?

6) Why do you think Josh hid his feelings from Lucy for so long?

7) Did you pick up on the hints Josh kept leaving that he’s always loved her? Were you surprised when he revealed that his bedroom was painted the same color as her eyes?

8) Were you surprised to find out that Josh’s brother’s wife was Josh’s ex-girlfriend? Why do you think Josh hid this from Lucy?

9) What do you think Lucy and Josh’s futures look like together?

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