Today I thought I would do something I little different to normal, and talk about some popular books that I wasn’t a particular fan of. Although I have to admit that I am someone who tends to follow the hype and love alot of popular books, there are a few that, for whatever reason, I was just not a fan of. I also wanted to do this post because I really enjoying reading other peoples unpopular opinions, so it only seemed right to finally share some of my own today. Finally, I just wanted to add that I am not trying to offend or attack anyone through this list, so if your favourite book happens to be on this list then I’m really glad that you enjoyed it, and these are just my opinions, nothing more.
So here are six popular books that I wasn’t a fan of!
I was really excited about this one before I read it, as I had heard really good things about Jandy Nelson, and was also intrigued to read a book that dealt heavily with grief and loss, as that wasn’t a topic I had seen much of in alot of the other books I was reading at the time. However, as you can probably tell by the title of this post, unfortunately this book didn’t live up to my expectations. My main problem came from the romance, which as such a central part of the plot was way too predictable for me to really enjoy. The love triangle within this story wasn’t well done in my opinion, as I could immediately tell who Lennie would end up with, despite not rooting for her to pick either of the love interests, particularly because of the huge insta-love element. I just found this to be a fairly predictable, average YA contemporary that wasn’t any different to alot of the other books I had read previously.
Ever since I first heard that this book was even a thing a few years ago, I was anticipating reading and loving this book. The concept sounded so good, and I really enjoyed all of Stephanie Perkin’s other books, but unfortunately this one did not live up to my expectations at all. I just found many of the key aspects of this book were really badly executed, such as the mystery around the identity of the killer which was revealed halfway through the book, and around Makani’s past and secret, something I found to be fairly anti-climatic. The horror aspect of this story depended far too greatly on gore and graphic description for me to really enjoy it, so all in all this really just wasn’t the book for me.
If you have seen any of my posts praising Turtles All The Way Down, then you will probably have guessed that I am a pretty big fan of John Green. And yet, here is another one of his books that, unfortunately, wasn’t my cup of tea. Unlike alot of the other books on this list, the reason I disliked this book was more to do with the fact that I found the book to be very bland and dull than one particular aspect. Unlike alot of John Green’s other novels, I really didn’t care what happened to our characters or whether Q found Margo or not. Margo and Q themselves were also characters I wasn’t a huge fan of, and so again I just couldn’t really enjoy their story as I didn’t feel connected to them, and so unfortunately I ended up disliking this book from one of my favourite authors.
This is a book that I actually read all the way back in 2016, and so is one that I almost never talk about both because of how long ago I read it. My main issue with this book centred around the main character Greg, who I just found so infuriatingly annoying that I could just not get along with his narration of this novel. I can normally enjoy a book with an unlikable main character, but Greg just got on my nerves way too much with his constant comments about how bad at writing he was, or how he really didn’t care about Rachel, despite showing through his actions that in actual fact, he did. I also wasn’t the biggest fan of the humour within this book, and so unfortunately it wasn’t a story that I enjoyed.
This was a very recent read for me, but unfortunately one that really didn’t live up to my expectations for it at all. I was so excited to explore this magical world of Caraval and to watch this game play out, and whilst I actually did quite enjoy the setting of this story, almost every other aspect fell pretty flat. I found Scarlet to be a very annoying narrator and character who I couldn’t really get behind considering she consistently went back on what she said. I also really wasn’t a fan of the enormous amount of unnecessary plot twists within this story, something I never thought I would say considering I am normally a firm lover of them. I just felt like they were there simply for the shock factor instead of to further the story and reveal something shocking that we as reader hadn’t been made aware of yet, especially as most of them didn’t seem very well thought through and were almost always reversed and went back on at some point later on anyway. So overall I just didn’t really enjoy this book all that much and so will almost certainly not be continuing on with the series.
And finally, we come onto the book that is most definitely my most disliked book out of all of the ones on this list for many a reason. I feel like I sound like a little bit of a broken record by now, because this always seems to be the book I talk about when there is a question about a popular book I didn’t like, or something along those lines. But nonetheless, I could not make this list without mentioning it one last time. My main problem with this book came from its depiction of mental illness and suicide, with Hannah’s suicide presented as an act of revenge against other people and as a consequence of what they had done. I also didn’t really understand why, out of all of the characters in this novel, Clay was the one narrating it, as he had such a small role in the story, and I just found his narration to pretty repetitive at times. Overall, I just found the message to be presented in a poor, possibly harmful way through a fairly repetitive plot.