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The Hating Game Paperback – Mar 2011
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Top Customer Reviews
At times I loved Mattie's take no prisoners attitude both professionally and in her personal life, but other times it grated on me, from how she treated her best friend and her exes. I had hoped she would soften a bit earlier in the process, but somehow I still cheered for her and wanted her to want more from her life, to break down the barriers she had and in the end I wasn't disappointed by her transformation and realizations.
Mattie's observations throughout the book made me chuckle frequently and I found even her most insensitive thoughts could be quite amusing at times. I enjoyed the quirky secondary characters and thought the alternating perspectives from character to character provided a solid grasp on their thoughts and motives.
The Hating Game made me wonder about the reality TV process and just how far the shows would go for ratings and I'm wondering if I'll view them differently now when I leap back into them in the new year. I also wondered throughout the novel about being in Mattie's position and having to interact with ex boyfriends I had no desire to see again - or who might have some bones to pick with me. The entire premise of this novel was so interesting that I wonder how the scenario would play out on an actual reality TV show!
I look forward to more from Talli Roland!
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"`IF I GET PNEUMONIA, HE'S GOING to pay,' Mattie Johns muttered as she gripped the chains of the dunk- tank swing and looked down into the murky water."
The first scene already had me laughing so I was hooked. The story unfolds seamlessly. When I began the book, it was a busy time for me but I made time to read. I finished it in four days.
At first I found Mattie unlikeable. But even in the beginning, I could detect her vulnerability within her uncompromising exterior. This is a woman who wants to be in control, so it's interesting to see how she grows as her life becomes more and more out of her control.
Every character has depth in this story, which is a feat because there are quite a few important characters. Too many books have a friend who is little more than a sidekick, only existing to provide humor. I liked the best friend and learned much about the main character through her. The ex/love interest isn't too domineering or too wimpy. I found myself rooting for him early on, even when Mattie seemed to have good reasons to stay away.
The premise is clever. Reality TV with all the behind the scenes backstabbing exists in spades. I had a hard time putting the book down, wondering what would happen next. No predictability here.
This book is appealing to read and would make a great film. I could see the movie version clearly - probably because much of the time the reality television show is filming. And if this becomes a movie, I will definitely see it.
5. It's original. So many rom-com/chick lit books are all the same. I've never seen anything like The Hating Game, and yet it still has the fun, feel-good factor you want from a rom-com.
4. No stereotyped characters, no women that are too stupid to live, no men with throbbing, well, anything. The main character is anything but loveable in the beginning, and yet I connected with her. I really enjoyed the journey she went on in the book. This book is fun, wacky, and sometimes sweet, but it also has depth.
3. A hilarious look behind the scenes of a reality TV show. If you've ever watched a show like Four Weddings or The Bachelor and felt smugly superior, then this book will make you laugh out loud.
2. It's just a hella good read.
1. Every time someone buys a copy of The Hating Game, a TV producer chokes on a sausage. (Okay, that's only going to be funny if you've read the book-So go read it!)
The heroine, Mattie, was proof of how first impressions are deceitful. Angry with the world at first, I enjoyed her evolution as she gradually lowers the shield and the reader gets to know her, understand her, and unavoidably become attached to her as the story develops.
The story has so many twists and surprises I couldn't stop turning pages and opening my eyes wide as another unexpected event turned up, which meant I was never certain if I'd get the happy ending I expect from a chick-lit and I felt the excitement building as I read on.
The Hating Game left in me a feeling of excitement and happiness which is what I really want when I read a book. My cheeks ached from smiling right from the start.
I'll be looking forward to the author's next book.
Silver, Baz, Adam, Giancarlo.... all ridiculous in how one-dimensional they were. Each was a caricature, not a character. Seriously, the sausage thing? Annoying, and not funny at all. Jess was a wimp, and I couldn't figure out her deal with Adam; was she once in love with him? Why did she go on and on about him? She came across as a doormat for Mattie, period.
I love a good light read, but this wasn't it. I don't understand all the 4- and 5-star reviews of this book. I finished it, only because I'm compulsive about finishing a book after I start it, but it was not enjoyable in the least.