Friday, February 18, 2011

Book Review--The Hating Game, by Talli Roland

When man-eater Mattie Johns agrees to star on a dating game show to save her ailing recruitment business, she's confident she'll sail through to the end without letting down the perma-guard she's perfected from years of her love 'em and leave 'em dating strategy. 

After all, what can go wrong with dating a few losers and hanging out long enough to pick up a juicy £200,000 prize? Plenty, Mattie discovers, when it's revealed that the contestants are four of her very unhappy exes. 

Can Mattie confront her past to get the prize money  she so desperately needs, or will her exes finally wreak their long-awaited revenge? And what about the ambitious TV producer whose career depends on stopping her from making it to the end.

What I Liked: 

I'll be totally honest here:  I did NOT think THE HATING GAME would enter my list of favorite books.  I don't tend to sympathize with man-hating women.  But I bought the book the day it came out because the plot sounded interesting and well, I follow Talli's blog!  So, of course, I had to show some support.

Dear readers, I LOVED this book.  It was witty and fun from page one to the end.  I completely sympathized with the MC because she didn't exactly fall into your stereotypical I-am-woman-therefore-must-be-worshiped-by-inherently-inferior-men man-hater.  She was like a broken little girl who hid her weaknesses behind her faux pride.  And she was wonderful!  

Not to give away any spoilers, but the ending is MORE than satisfying.  Only the most perfect little twists and conclusions can make me clap and giggle like a little girl.  And, well, I might have done that with THE 

What I Didn't Like:

In the spirit of fairness, I like to include this section in my reviews, but I can honestly say there wasn't a thing I didn't like about Talli's novel.  

So, with all that in mind, I would give THE HATING GAME

5 stars!

And you all, of course, remember that 5 stars means "What are you doing still reading this post?!  Go out and buy this book NOW!"  

For your purchasing convenience, click this link and buy THE HATING GAME, by Talli Roland today!

Discussion:  Have any of you read this book yet?  What did you think?

Oh, and stop by Monday for a post of EPIC EPICNESS!!!!  Seriously, big news coming your way!


  1. I admit, I liked the Hating Game, too. I was worried I might not, but, like you, I love Talli, so I bought it. And it was good! And funny. Phew! :)

    Have a lovely weekend,

    Oh, and on your epic news, I hope it will involve champagne cork popping...and that it leads to all your dreams coming true...and is the beginning of your journey to best seller status. (But, if it's smaller news, I still say Huzzah! :)

  2. That's so great that you loved Talli's book! I haven't read it yet but plan too. Thanks for the review, Emily.


  3. Awesome review--I remember hearing about this book and thinking it sounded fun, but it slipped off my list somehow. Thanks for the reminder :)

  4. Yep, this is on my TBR list, and now I'm more than excited to read it cuz of your glowing review! Whee!

  5. Oh dear, I can't believe I wasn't following your blog! #massivefail! Thank you SO much, first of all for buying the book, and secondly for reading it and taking the time to review it! I'm SO happy you enjoyed it - yay!

    And I look forward to your big news - must check today to see if you posted!!


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