This Week's Topic is: 3 books you thought you’d love but ended up hating
1. Princess Ben by Catherine Murdock
Dairy Queen and its companion novels pretty much single-handedly showed me that I could fall in love with realistic YA fiction. I was ready to swear allegiance to the Catherine Murdock fan-for-life group. Well, as long as they had coffee at their meetings. So when I found out she was publishing a fantasy (my favorite genre!) novel, I just about had kittens. I bought the hardcover and greedily started reading it. And put it right back down. Tried again. URGH! I can’t explain it, but there’s something about this book that just rubs me wrong. And that was a huge disappointment.
2. The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger
This is one of my mom’s favorite novels, which is saying something, because she doesn’t read much for pleasure. She recalled it fondly when I carried it to her to see if I could borrow it. So I sat down with the expectation that it would be made of awesome. It was famous! Plus, it was on a classics list that I got from the library (I had big goals!). And…I hated it. Couldn’t connect with the story, main character, setting…ANYTHING. Of course, I was a suburban kid (aged 13?), and I didn’t know much. But I knew I didn’t like this book.
3. Ink Exchange by Melissa Marr
I’m hesitant to mention this one, because I know so many people have enjoyed it. I couldn’t, though, and it’s partly my own fault. I read Wicked Lovely, this book’s precursor, and loved it. It had the same effect on me that Twilight did – I slurped it down in one gulp, and then recommended it to others. So my expectations were high going in, and I thought I’d be getting a certain sort of story. Instead, there was a lot of violence and using, which I was (and still am) not cool with, in any way, shape, or form. I had nightmares about this book, and it’s not something I’d ever voluntarily pick up again.
So, tell me: what are some books you thought you’d love, but ended up hating?