I haven’t read a lot of books this year and I have to say that there weren’t that many standouts for me this year. I read a lot of books that I found to be very average and some that were disappointing and didn’t live up to the hype for me.
So here are my five most disappointing reads of 2017:
1. Literally by Lucy Keating | Aila’s Review
This was definitely the most disappointing read for me this year and it’s one that I’m happy to just forget about. This book is all about YA tropes and I think in trying to be ironic, it actually became the most tropey book I’ve ever read. I also found it to be… wanky (for lack of a better word) because the author kept talking herself up in the book (yes, there is a character called Lucy Keating who is the author in the book). I just thought that it was a bit of a nothing book with unexciting characters and an average plot.
2. Sad Girls by Lang Leav
This is Lang Leav’s debut novel and I thought I’d check it out because I was curious how her prose would compare to her poetry. I loved that the novel was set in Australia but that was kind of about it. I thought that it was a very realistic portrayal of a high school experience for some teenagers but there were lots of things that I couldn’t really identify with. The main character also kept making terrible decisions and I just found it hard to relate and understand the novel.
3. The Love Interest by Cale Dietrich | My Review
There was a lot of hype surrounding this book and I was extremely excited to read it, even preordering myself a hardcover. My main problem with this novel was that it had a wonderful concept that was executed in a cheesy reality TV kind of way. I liked the two main characters but I thought they were a little bit unoriginal. Overall, it was a quick read but definitely did not live up to the hype.
4. They Both Die at the End by Adam Silvera | My Review | Jeann’s Review
I’m a bit of a black sheep on this one but I thought it was kind of underwhelming. The writing was beautiful as always but I was emotionally unattached to everything that happened in the novel. I also thought that the world building was lacking and I had a lot of questions about a lot of things that were in the book. I’ve read books with similar concepts and thought those were better executed.
5. Cruel Beauty by Rosamund Hodge | My Review | Jeann’s Review
There was also a lot of hype about Rosamund Hodge’s books and I have to say that I don’t really get it. I found Cruel Beauty to be extremely confusing and just didn’t really understand what was going on. I love fairytale retellings and was really excited that this one had Greek mythology in it, but I was not a fan of the plot or the love triangle.
Let me know if you feel the same about any of these books, or what your disappointments of the year were! I’ve love to discuss.
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