TGIF: Book Disappointments

TGIF was a feature at one of my favorite blogs, GReads. It’s a way to recap the week, talk about fun book things, and celebrate the weekend. Each week a bookish question was proposed as a way to get to know fellow bloggers and write about issues we care about.

This week’s topic? Book Disappointments: Have you ever come across a book you were so stoked to read, but it failed miserably in your eyes?

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Laura Wiess’ books have been some of the biggest disappointments for me in the past few years. I read Such a Pretty Girl in middle school and loved it, and have gone on to try some of her other books as well. Leftovers was a huge disappointment for me, and I just hated it. It was written partially in first person and partially in second person, which made it an annoying read. It was not well done at all. I didn’t even finish How it Ends because I really disliked the main character and found her extraordinarily irritating. I haven’t tried another Wiess book since, even though she’s come out with a few more books in the past couple years.

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The Glimpse was another major let down. The premise sounded so cool and unique, but then it wasn’t carried out at all how I thought it would be. I really didn’t like Anna and found her too juvenile for a book with such a serious topic. My biggest problem with the book however, was the fact that it perpetuated negative stereotypes about people with mental illnesses. I was frustrated that I couldn’t tell if Claire Merle was supporting the stereotypes or making fun of them, and I feel like in a book about such a sensitive issue she should have made that clear. By far my biggest disappointment of 2012.

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I almost didn’t read Dying to Know You because I knew it wouldn’t be as good as This is All, one of my all-time favorite books. Sadly, I was correct, and probably won’t read another Aidan Chambers book again to spare myself.

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