January 24, 2018

Books I Hate But Love to Discuss

Today's Top Five Wednesday topic is Books I disliked but love to discuss. Right off the top of my head, I can only think of two.

The Lovely Bones

The Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold - Man I really hated this book. It felt really contrived and manipulative to me. I think it was too saccharine. Everything happened just as it should, after the original really wrong thing that happened. It was super annoying.

The Ice Storm

The Ice Storm by Rick Moody - This book is just gross and there is not point to it. We read it for book club several years ago. I hated it. I had no idea what a "key party" was, but I certainly figured it out while reading this. So there is this insane ice storm while the grown ups are having a key party and their teenage kids are at another house having a bit of an orgy. There was no story to speak of. Just awful.

Ok. I did some research and found some more:

The Emperor's Children

The Emperor's Children by Claire Messud - This book actually wasn't that bad... right up until the end. When it turned into a 9/11 book. I was totally not ready for a 9/11 book and I had been studiously avoiding them. I was highly disappointed by it.

Something Borrowed

Something Borrowed by Emily Giffin - This was another book club book gone wrong. This is a "chick lit" book that is an excellent example of why I hate chick lit. The main character ends up running off with her "best friend's" fiance. Her friend was horrible, but she was her maid of honor. I mean really. Everyone was awful in this book. I hated it. Apparently, it is the first in a series. Ugh!

Hawkes Harbor

Hawkes Harbor by S.E. Hinton - Nobody tell my daughter about this. She loves S.E. Hinton. She hasn't seen this book though. I chose this for book club a loooong time ago. This is another book that was fine right up until the surprise ending. In which spoiler alert one of the characters turns out to be a vampire. WHAT? There was nothing leading up to that point that would indicate anything about vampires being involved. It was insane.

How about you. Any books you hated, but love to trash?