But is it sad to say that I didn’t have a hard time coming up with books for this list? There have been quite a few popular books that disappointed me over the last year or so. I went into most of these with high expectations, only to be let down. I would not say I hated all of them, but I definitely did not love them as much as others did.
Not that it is a bad thing.
Beautiful Disaster by Jamie McGuire
A few years ago, everyone loved this book. They raved about the romance and the story. Plus, I loved the cover. Then…I read it. While I was not a fan of the romance, I was able to distance myself from it because the people in the relationship were adults. Their choices were their own, regardless of how problematic it was. The thing that made me dislike Beautiful Disaster was the writing; it was way, way too juvenile and simplistic for my liking. Plus, the story was pretty boring to me overall.
The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton
A beloved modern classic, I was so excited to read The Outsiders, a book I know made others love reading. Unfortunately, it did not live up to the high standards I had set. I was extremely underwhelmed by the story and the writing style was like nails on a chalkboard. I was actually glad to return it to the library….
Harry Potter and the Cursed Child by J.K. Rowling and Jack Thorne
To be honest, I went into Harry Potter and the Cursed Child with low expectations. I am one of the few people in the world that think Harry Potter needs to retire. I especially did not understand why it had to be published as a play instead of a real novel. The whole story basically recycled major plot points of the original series, with a strange time travel element thrown into it. The whole time I was reading Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, I could just hear JK Rowling say: “Here is your fucking eighth book. Now leave me alone.”
Alice in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll
I recently reread Alice in Wonderland before I finished Heartless by Marissa Meyer. When I read it the first time in 2013, I gave it 3 stars. That was back during a time I was scared of not liking books. Now I don’t care. I know Alice in Wonderland is supposed to be a book about nonsense. But where’s the plot? What message was Lewis Carroll trying to relay? Even with my four years of studying English literature, I still did not get it. Alice in Wonderland is a classic, so I’m assuming people love it. I just can’t figure out why.
Illuminae by Jay Kristoff and Amie Kaufman
PLEASE DON’T HATE ME!!!
By no means did I hate Illuminae; I just didn’t love it as much as everyone else and their mother. While I found the mixed-media format really cool, the overall story went right over my head. What was the point of this? What is the point of that? Science fiction in general goes right over my head, though. For me personally, I think I would have gotten more out of Illuminae if it had been written in prose. And I don’t plan on continuing with the series—at least, not right now. Feel free to convince me otherwise if you want.