The Book Worm: Review: Dating You/Hating You

Friday, February 23, 2018

Review: Dating You/Hating You

Book Review: Dating You/Hating You, by Christina Lauren, 4 stars


Despite the odds against them from an embarrassing meet-awkward at a mutual friend’s Halloween party, Carter and Evie immediately hit it off. Even the realization that they’re both high-powered agents at competing firms in Hollywood isn’t enough to squash the fire. But when their two agencies merge—causing the pair to vie for the same position—all bets are off. What could have been a beautiful, blossoming romance turns into an all-out war of sabotage. Carter and Evie are both thirtysomething professionals—so why can’t they act like it? Can Carter stop trying to please everyone and see how their mutual boss is really playing the game? Can Evie put aside her competitive nature long enough to figure out what she really wants in life? Can their actor clients just be something close to human? Whether these two Hollywood love/hatebirds get the storybook Hollywood ending, or just a dramedy of epic proportions, you get to enjoy Christina Lauren’s heartfelt, hilarious story of romance in the modern world.

Genre: contemporary romance

Publication date: June 2017

Mature content: yes

Review: I don't remember laughing so much over a book since Sophie Kinsella's The Undomestic Goddess, but it Dating You/Hating You is absolutely hilarious. Evie and Carter's competition to be the best agent in the business (and keep their jobs) is delicious, especially when they both turn nasty. That, weighted against the background of their budding romance, the pitfalls of dealing with demanding and unfair bosses and the general hazards the modern corporate world, makes for a great story.

My only complaint about this book is that the end seemed a bit rushed, not to mention unrealistic. The sudden Mission-Impossible-style covert operation of Evie and her friends to gather evidence to get rid of Evie and Carter's boss seems a little over the top - both because it's not entirely believable and because in the end it was way too easy.

That's basically the reason I'm rating Dating You/Hating You with four stars instead of five, but it's still a great book and I recommend it.

Happy readings, 

the book worm, book blog

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