Do you ever feel like the only one who read a book and just thought... meh? But everyone else raves about it?
That feeling when you are so excited to read a book because it has gotten so many 5 stars- then you read it and wonder what all the fuss was about?
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[I feel a little bit in danger of being surrounded and beaten with these books by people screaming "what do you mean you didn't like it??!!" but I love the variety of the YA book market, and the fact that what appeals to one person may not appeal to everyone. So I'm not saying that any of these books are bad books, just that I never got the appeal of them.]
- A Need So Beautiful by Suzanne Young. So many people love this book, but I didn't like the fact that the main character has no choices. She is basically just told that she is destined to disappear and be forgotten by everybody who loves her, and there is nothing she can do about it.
- I think I am the only person who found this book really dull. It has a very detached style, and it really bugged how the main character, after being released from the underworld for a limited period of time to see the great love of her life, just mooches about wasting time, and ignoring everyone, for MONTHS. I spent most of the book waiting for something to happen- but it has loads of 5 star reviews around the web.
- Before I Die by Jenny Downham. I read this one a few years ago, and it has recently been turned into a film starring Dakota Fanning (titled Now is Good). It is sweet and a real tear-jerker, but I struggled to like this one because I couldn't stand the main character.
- Tithe by Holly Black. It's got fairies, a romance and it's written by Holly Black, but still, I just couldn't get into this book at all. It is one of the rare books that I DNF, and again- because I just couldn't connect with the main character. I didn't like the amount of bad language and the casual sex and drug taking among the teen characters. But other people (whose reviews I trust) love this series.
- Percy Jackson by Rick Riordan. I know, I know- but I read the first one, and didn't hate it, but I still couldn't see what all the fuss was about. I've never been even slightly tempted to go on and read the rest of the series.
- Saving Francesca by Melina Marchetta. This is an okay book- I liked it- but all the reviews on Goodreads are 5 star, gushing reviews... and I don't quite get why. I love loads of contemporary YA fiction so it's not the genre, I just liked it instead of loving it. It was okay.
Those are the books that everybody else seems to love... except me.