While we only want to read books that we love, unfortunately there are some books that we read that disappoint us. I love to celebrate my favorite books every year, which is why I hold my annual Brittany Awards to discuss my most loved books across several categories. See the latest post here. On the other hand, I think it is also important to discuss books that weren’t my favorite and why, so people who may dislike similar aspects of books can know before they read. While I wouldn’t consider these books terrible and believe there is someone out there who loves them (they got published after all!), they just weren’t for me. Here are my choices:
I picked up Shuffle, Repeat as a Kindle Deal because some of the elements described in the plot reminded me of other YA books that I enjoyed. Unfortunately for me, the main character rubbed me the wrong way which interfered with how much I enjoyed this book. In Shuffle, Repeat, the main character dislikes high school because she perceives her popular classmates as judgmental and unintelligent, which she mentions many times throughout the novel. You can probably see where I’m going: the main character was the most judgmental character in the novel and often made rude and unfounded comments to other characters throughout the book. Additionally, I found this book forgettable amongst a sea of YA books that I have read and enjoyed.
- A Curse So Dark and Lonely by Brigid Kemmerer
This is my only book on my list that I have not finished yet, but still plan to read. I’m a huge fan of Letters to the Lost and More Than We Can Tell, which are both contemporaries by Brigid Kemmerer. I was excited to pick up the book since it was fantasy and a retelling of Beauty and the Beast. While I appreciated that the author included a main character with a disability, the story overall moved extremely slow to me and didn’t stand out against other Beauty and the Beast retellings. That being said, I only finished 50% of the book before I decided to put it aside and read it another time. Hopefully in 2020, I can pick this book up again and see if my opinion changes.
Internet Famous was my lowest ranked book of the year at one star. For me, the main character held me back mostly from enjoying this book, although there were several other elements that I also did not like. In this book, the main character is extremely self-centered and incredibly rude to her family and other people in the novel and expected special treatment when she didn’t follow the rules. Usually, I don’t mind an unlikeable character. However, the main character in this book never saw the errors in her ways because she got everything she wanted. If you enjoy books that involve social media, you may like this book, but if unlikeable main characters aren’t your cup of tea, then I would stay clear of this one.
- Fame, Fate, and the First Kiss by Kasie West
Kasie West is one of my favorite contemporary authors. I was excited for this book because it followed a minor character from one of my favorite Kasie West books, Love, Life, and the List. However, this book dragged a bit for me. While it usually takes me a few hours to finish a Kasie West book, this took me two weeks. I’m not a huge fan of books that involve famous people or acting, but if you are, then you would probably enjoy this book.
I received an e-ARC of Brigid Kemmerer’s latest contemporary earlier this year and I was extremely excited. I enjoyed both Letters to the Lost and More Than We Can Tell for their interesting characters and engaging plot lines. However, Call It What You Want fell flat for me. Unlike her other contemporaries, I never connected with the characters and I can’t remember much of the plot. This isn’t the worst contemporary that I’ve ever read by any means, however, it was one of my least memorable books this year.
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