Every year, we find books we love and others… not so much. While some people may love the books on the list below (and that’s awesome if you do!), they just weren’t my cup of tea. Here are my top ten least favorite books of 2017 (reviews will be linked to book titles):
If I’m being honest, there wasn’t really anything I liked about this book. It’s actually my lowest rated book of the year at one star. Even though I think this book falls under the category of dark humor, I think it crosses the line at some points in the story and becomes just plan offensive. Additionally, I think the message the author wanted to convey never came across clearly which made the whole satire aspect fall flat for me.
This book fell flat for me in most aspects which is why I gave it two stars. This book takes a generic plot line in young adult fiction, but offers nothing new or inventive. Additionally, the characters are one-dimensional and unlikable with a story that drags on for way too many pages. My biggest gripe towards this book would be towards the romance. Both of Jackie’s love interests treat her like dirt, but it’s brushed off by all the female characters in the book due to their good looks.
- Walk on Earth a Stranger by Rae Carson
I was really excited for this book due to its unique and interesting premise, but was disappointed with the execution. Every character in this book was flat and one dimensional, especially the diverse characters. This plot moved incredibly slow and led to a disappointing showdown between the main character and the antagonist (a caricature of a typical western villain). Even worse, the romance between the main character and her love interest seemed too forced, especially after her love interest suggested they pretend to be brother and sister when they head west. To be honest, I can’t see myself picking up the next book in this series any time soon.
- When It’s Real by Erin Watt
This is another book that I had high expectations for, but was disappointed by the execution. I feel like the two main characters never had solid characterization, so I never knew who they truly were as people. Additionally, the plot seemed uneven and kind of all over the place. I think I was most disappointed that there wasn’t anything different in this book than a typical fan fiction which I’ve heard a lot of people say is what makes books by the duo behind Erin Watt so enjoyable.
- Eligible by Curtis Sittenfeld
This is another book that I thought would be really great because I’ve seen it everywhere, but was greatly disappointed. To me, Liz was pretty unlikable as a narrator because she came across as too much of a know-it-all. Additionally, the rest of the characters were flat and one-dimensional, especially the diverse characters. I feel like this book tried too hard to be “modern” and used diverse characters as shock value than actual characters with depth in the story. Furthermore, this book was way too long with wordy descriptions and cringe-worthy dialogue.
- In Real Life by Cory Doctorow and Jen Wang
While I appreciate this book tried to depict a serious issue in a graphic novel, I think it failed in its execution. In this graphic novel, a girl befriends a boy from China forced to work in a factory for little pay. Even though the girl just learns that not everyone has the rights that she has in America, she basically launches a revolution in this factory from her vague knowledge about the situation. I feel like this book focused too much on the main character’s perspective which is completely based on her American experiences into dive enough into the issues occurring in other parts of the world. I would rather have this book focus on a girl learning about someone’s experiences in another culture, then “saving them” (which occurs in this book, with I kid you not, the boy with a new Prince Charming-like avatar and practically walking off into the virtual sunset with the main character).
- Royce Rolls by Margaret Stohl
I heard a lot of hype surrounding this book and thought I would check it out since I love reality television. While I think this book did have a unique style for how it was written, I didn’t think it offered anything new or different to books with similar plots. I didn’t connect with any of the characters in this book and found myself disinterested in the plot line. It took a lot for me to push through and finish this book.
- The Summer After You and Me by Jennifer Salvato Doktorski
I’ve read one other book by this author, How My Summer Went Up in Flames. While I thought that book was okay, I feel like this book suffered from the problems I experienced with that book but amplified them. While I appreciated how the author used her familiarity with Hurricane Sandy to write this book, I feel like that wasn’t as central to the story as I expected from the description which was unfortunate since it was my favorite part of the book. Instead, I suffered reading through an unlikable cast of characters, a slow moving plot, and an annoying romance. I especially disliked the main character’s friends, who unjustly treated the main character like dirt throughout the entire novel for one small instance compared to the what they did to her.
- Alex and Eliza by Melissa De La Cruz
I didn’t expect an extremely historically accurate story in this book, but I expected something a little bit more than a generic puppy dog romance. Every scene was just Alex pining over Eliza to the point where it became repetitive and a little annoying. As a result, this book moved incredibly slow. To me, it felt like this book was written more to buy into the Hamilton craze than anything else. Like some other books on this list, I can’t see myself picking up the next book in this series.
- The Siren by Kiera Cass
Before this book, I read The Selection series by Kiera Cass. Although they weren’t the best books I had ever read, I still really enjoyed reading them. As a result, I went into The Siren not expecting the best story, but still a fun and quick read. Unfortunately, The Siren was neither of those things. The whole story line behind the sirens and the oceans wasn’t fully developed and the romance lacked substance. For me, the ending was so incredibly cheesy that I found myself cringing. However, I still absolutely love the cover for this book!
What were your most disappointing reads of the year?