Ladies and gentlemen, we have a special deal today. A two for one on literary opinions related to Thorne and modern romance, if you will. Because I feel like if I’m going to talk about 99 Percent Mine, I must also address The Hating Game. Party time.

I was flying to Texas and needed something to read. I’m going through books at an alarming pace so I turned to my one and only love, Libby.

Did I mention after I spent time with the fam I went to Austin City Limits?

A friend in one of my reading groups would not stop talking about the Hating Game so I looked Thorne up. The Hating Game had a wait list but I was able to get 99 Percent Mine immediately. And between enjoying the ocean scenery and eating fruit snacks I was able to finish 96% of the book. I finished the rest waiting for my BFF to pick me up.

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And it was good. It’s about Darcy, who co- inherits her Grandmother’s cottage with her twin brother Jamie. Darcy has spent her life running, traveling the world and taking photos. She’s at a dead end spot right now, serving drinks at a bar full of jerks.

But then her brother’s best friend Tom appears to help fix the cottage. This is a problem because Darcy’s been in love with Tom since she was 8.

Turns out Darcy’s global journey was caused by an old ‘rejection’ from Tom. Which explains the strain between them. But determined to see the cottage restored to it’s former glory, Darcy stays. So she and Tom work together.

A classic set up. All the good elements, friendship and familiarity and a long lost love. The problem is, I didn’t like Darcy. She was a jerk to people and she’s like I’m so strong and independent. But one baby rejection from a boy is enough to send you into a spiral you haven’t snapped out of years later?

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I liked Tom a lot, but I thought he could do better honestly. And besides that, the whole weird rift thing between Darcy and Jamie didn’t score either of them endearment points.

Which is why I was conflicted about The Hating Game when my loan came through.

But as I’m a whirling dervish of book consumption lately, I decided it couldn’t hurt. And I am glad I did. In contrast, The Hating Game was much more enjoyable.

Two book publishers merge. The two president’s each have their own assistants, Lucy and Joshua, who are mortal enemies. For 8 hours a day, they needle one another, trying to upstage each other in their pursuit to be the best.

They create a lot of games in this pursuit and Lucy is determined to win. But their rivalry isn’t helped when a new position is announced, each determined to win it. But Lucy’s world is rocked when Joshua kisses her. Maybe because he doesn’t actually hate her?

Honestly, Lucy was funny and sweet. Not super complex and her incredible slowness in picking up signals was wild, but I liked her. I wanted her and Joshua to end up together and I wanted all the cheesy moments along the way. It was kind of like Set It Up on Netflix but better.

I don’t know if 99 Percent was a reaction to the success of Hating Game more than Thorne’s desire to share a stunning love story, but if you only get to pick one, choose the Hating Game. And you’ll thank me for it later.

Also I’ve been reliably informed that Thorne is writing another novel that should come out sometime next year. So you have some time to catch up! If you need other romance options, check out The Unhoneymooners.