Have you ever decided to read a book just because it was talked about by everyone? After reading them, did you wonder what all the hype was about because you didn’t get it all? Here are seven books that were a total letdown for me.
1. Breaking Dawn by Stephanie Meyer
Bella Swan finally gets what she wants by marrying Edward, having sex, getting pregnant, dying, and becoming a vampire. However, she could lose everything when the Volutri find out about her half-human, half-vampire daughter. The first major issue I had with Breaking Dawn is the amount of build up that leads to absolutely nothing. The Cullens round up a glittery vampire army for a cold blooded war with the Volutri, while Bella goes rogue on a secret mission for new identities; only to have everyone civilly talk it out and live happily ever after. My second major issue is Jacob imprinting on Bella’s daughter, Renesmee. Yes, she ages super fast, but it’s still all kinds of gross. I mean he helped deliver the girl when she was born and now they’re practically soulmates; that’s creepy.
2. All The Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr
Trying to survive during World War II, Marie-Laurie and Werner’s, paths collide in Nazi occupied France. The poor execution of dual points of view by the main characters made reading All the Light We Cannot See very confusing for me. I only read fifty pages before calling it quits.
3. Fifty Shades Of Grey by E.L. James
I only read a few pages, just to see what the hype was about, and it was horrible. Not only is the writing inconceivable, but who really wants to read a story about an abusive relationship. Call it a take on BDSM all you want, but from what I can gather, 50 Shades is far from it.
4. The Fault In Our Stars by John Green
Hyped up as one of the most touching romances ever written, The Fault in Our Stars just didn’t do it for me. I’m not saying the novel is horrible or that I didn’t like it; I just didn’t find it to be as hype-worthy as it was among the Young Adult genre.
5. Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins
I read The Hunger Games back in high school and loved it. However, I was disappointed with both the sequel, Catching Fire, and final novel, Mockingjay, in this popular dystopian series. My biggest issue is that the series just felt way too dragged out. Personally, I prefer reading The Hunger Games as a standalone novel, not part of a trilogy.
6. The Reader by Bernhard Schlink
Fifteen-year-old Michael Berg meets Hanna, a woman twice his age and begins a passionate love affair. However passionate this book was marketed to be, boring is the word I would use to describe The Reader. The story is vague and rushed, making it difficult to connect with the story and characters. Also, the whole older woman sleeping with a teenager thing is disturbing on so many levels. It took all I had to actually finish the book.
7. Harry Potter And The Order Of The Phoenix by J.K. Rowling
I read the first four books and found the series to be okay, but when Order of the Phoenix came out, I was over it the Potter craze. I don’t really have any substantial reasons why this one is on the list, other than I just lost interest.
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