Hey friends! Today, I thought I write about something a little controversial – a list of all of the books that I hate. Hate may be a bit of a strong term, but basically, these books just weren’t my cup of tea. Please don’t take offense if your favorite book is on this list, we all have different taste and opinions. Although if you want, let me know in the comments if you agree or disagree with me! Either way, I hope you enjoy!
This may contain spoilers**
Books That I Hate
Harry Potter and the Cursed Child
So I thought I’d start this whole thing off with the worst book of all time – Harry Potter and the Cursed Child by John Tiffany and Jack Thorne. Yes, technically this isn’t a book but what I hate most about this story is all of the damn plot holes it opened up from the original series. And also how horrible they made the trio turn out to be. I love that Hermione became Minister of Magic but I hate how the playwriters just kind of shoved Ron out the way and made him into some idiot monkey who runs a joke shop. And how they made it seem like Harry is an annoying and arrogant father. Also, Cedric Diggory would not have turned into a Death Eater if he survived but lost the Tri-Wizard Tournament. And Voldemort and Bellatrix having a child?? NOPE. Ugh, as you can tell, I have a lot of feelings about this book but to sum it all up: I wish I never read this.
“The Eighth Story. Nineteen Years Later.
Based on an original new story by J.K. Rowling, Jack Thorne and John Tiffany, a new play by Jack Thorne, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child is the eighth story in the Harry Potter series and the first official Harry Potter story to be presented on stage. The play will receive its world premiere in London’s West End on July 30, 2016.
It was always difficult being Harry Potter and it isn’t much easier now that he is an overworked employee of the Ministry of Magic, a husband and father of three school-age children.
While Harry grapples with a past that refuses to stay where it belongs, his youngest son Albus must struggle with the weight of a family legacy he never wanted. As past and present fuse ominously, both father and son learn the uncomfortable truth: sometimes, darkness comes from unexpected places.”
Lucky: A Memoir
I wish I wasn’t including this book on this list. I feel very sad that I didn’t love this book, as I usually do love memoirs. And it’s so strange to say that you hate a book that someone has written about their own life and their own experiences. This book touches on some hard and heart-breaking subjects and I can feel the hatred I’ll receive for what’s about to come but it’s not the subject matter in this book that caused me to not like it.
In this memoir, Sebold discusses her rape. Throughout the book, she kept saying that no one else can understand what it’s like to be a victim of that kind of violence. Personally, I can never understand as I haven’t been in that particular situation and I’m very lucky for that, but I read this book to try to understand what it’s like (as it’s important to also understand someone else’s perspective), and it’s the job of the author to use her gift of words to explain it to me but she never bothered. It felt more like she was writing the book in order to provide herself with a type of therapy, rather than to spread understanding to the reader. It also drove me crazy how everything in her life, every moment became about her rape. Even when her roommate was raped, she made it about her own rape. Everyone she met she had to tell them about her rape, every guy, everyone one. It absorbed her. If they tried to support her, she complained about how they did it. If they ignored her, she complained about that too. She even took credit for a police officers promotion because of her rape case. As if he never did any other work to warrant a promotion. This book had very little to do with surviving rape and reads more of hatred for her family and herself.
“In a memoir hailed for its searing candor and wit, Alice Sebold reveals how her life was utterly transformed when, as an eighteen-year-old college freshman, she was brutally raped and beaten in a park near campus. What propels this chronicle of her recovery is Sebold’s indomitable spirit – as she struggles for understanding (“After telling the hard facts to anyone, from lover to friend, I have changed in their eyes”); as her dazed family and friends sometimes bungle their efforts to provide comfort and support; and as, ultimately, she triumphs, managing through grit and coincidence to help secure her attacker’s arrest and conviction. In a narrative by turns disturbing, thrilling, and inspiring, Alice Sebold illuminates the experience of trauma victims even as she imparts wisdom profoundly hard-won: “You save yourself or you remain unsaved.””These are the worst books I've ever read. Click To Tweet
John Green is a hit-or-miss author for me. In actuality, the only book of his that I’ve truly enjoyed is Looking For Alaska, although I am looking forward to reading Turtles All the Way Down. To sum up my feelings about Paper Towns: Margo is the worst character ever written. She’s an overly dramatic, attention-seeking, manic pixie dream girl. AKA basically every girl in John Green’s novels. Since the first John Green book I’ve read is Looking For Alaska, I tend to compare all of his other books to that one so Alaska is the only “manic pixie dream girl” type character that I’ve enjoyed. I wouldn’t have this problem though if John Green actually created unique characters for each of his books but basically instead of using the same characters each time, just with different names. Yes, I’m a little bitter about it lol.
“Who is the real Margo?
Quentin Jacobsen has spent a lifetime loving the magnificently adventurous Margo Roth Spiegelman from afar. So when she cracks open a window and climbs into his life—dressed like a ninja and summoning him for an ingenious campaign of revenge—he follows. After their all-nighter ends, and a new day breaks, Q arrives at school to discover that Margo, always an enigma, has now become a mystery. But Q soon learns that there are clues—and they’re for him. Urged down a disconnected path, the closer he gets, the less Q sees the girl he thought he knew…”
The Death Cure
I began the Maze Runner series not knowing anything about it… and ended it the exact same way. After ‘The Scorch Trials’ ended, probably with Thomas being knocked out because that’s his favorite state of consciousness, I thought: ‘Am I finally going to get some answers?!’ Turns out, the answer was no. Although, I should have been expecting so because the entire series was just ‘meh’ to me and I’m proud of myself for reading the entire trilogy!
“It’s the end of the line.
WICKED has taken everything from Thomas: his life, his memories, and now his only friends—the Gladers. But it’s finally over. The trials are complete, after one final test.
Will anyone survive?
What WICKED doesn’t know is that Thomas remembers far more than they think. And it’s enough to prove that he can’t believe a word of what they say.
The truth will be terrifying.
Thomas beat the Maze. He survived the Scorch. He’ll risk anything to save his friends. But the truth might be what ends it all.
The time for lies is over.”
In the Cut
In the Cut is basically a mediocre whodunit type book. A good mystery usually gives us several plausible suspects, each with motive, each keeping us guessing. But I guess that Susanna Moore wasn’t up to the task, so instead she just gives us red herrings: clues that mean nothing; characters who are under suspicion simply because they always seem to be showing up for no good reason; a revelation at the end that is disappointing in its lack of connection to what the reader already knows. It’s also quite erotic which is not usually a type of book I willingly pick up and I wish that I wouldn’t have picked this up.
“By day, Frannie teaches her writing students about irony and language in all its nuance and unspoken meaning. By night, she compiles a secret dictionary of street slang. One night in the basement of a bar she walks in on an intimate moment between a man and a woman. The man’s face is shadowed in the darkness, but she will forever remember the tattoo on the inside of his left wrist. When the first brutal murder rocks her neighborhood, Frannie is propelled into a sexual liaison that tests the limits of her safety and desires, as she begins a terrifying descent into the dark places that reside deep within her. In the Cut is a masterfully written thriller that will keep readers tense with its mounting sense of terror.”
The Bone Season
To be fair, high fantasy is just not my cup of tea. I picked up this book at my local Goodwill (one of my favorite places to buy books!!) and have a habit of not reading the synopsis of books I buy there because they’re extremely cheap so I had no idea that this was fantasy. I just recognized the title, probably from a book review I watched a Youtube (Booktube is my not-so-guilty pleasure) and added it to my shopping cart. Yeah, I was completely lost two pages in and struggled for about 50 pages and then put it down and never picked it back up. I just really don’t like books with new terminology and prefer something a bit more realistic (this coming from a girl whose favorite book is Harry Potter ha).
“The year is 2059. Nineteen-year-old Paige Mahoney is working in the criminal underworld of Scion London, based at Seven Dials, employed by a man named Jaxon Hall. Her job: to scout for information by breaking into people’s minds. For Paige is a dreamwalker, a clairvoyant and, in the world of Scion, she commits treason simply by breathing.
It is raining the day her life changes for ever. Attacked, drugged and kidnapped, Paige is transported to Oxford – a city kept secret for two hundred years, controlled by a powerful, otherworldly race. Paige is assigned to Warden, a Rephaite with mysterious motives. He is her master. Her trainer. Her natural enemy. But if Paige wants to regain her freedom she must allow herself to be nurtured in this prison where she is meant to die.
The Bone Season introduces a compelling heroine and also introduces an extraordinary young writer, with huge ambition and a teeming imagination. Samantha Shannon has created a bold new reality in this riveting debut.”
The Infinite Sea
This one feels like a personal insult because I absolutely loved The 5th Wave. But I think that was part of the problem – because The 5th Wave set the bar SO high and The Infinite Sea barely came close to the awesomeness the first book was. It was so unfocused, poorly structured, and jumped around all over the place and nothing interesting happened within the first 200 pages… and this is a 300-page book. Because this book was such a letdown, I’m skipping out on the third book in the series and pretending The 5th Wave was an amazing standalone.
“How do you rid the Earth of seven billion humans? Rid the humans of their humanity.
Surviving the first four waves was nearly impossible. Now Cassie Sullivan finds herself in a new world, a world in which the fundamental trust that binds us together is gone. As the 5th Wave rolls across the landscape, Cassie, Ben, and Ringer are forced to confront the Others’ ultimate goal: the extermination of the human race.
Cassie and her friends haven’t seen the depths to which the Others will sink, nor have the Others seen the heights to which humanity will rise, in the ultimate battle between life and death, hope and despair, love and hate.”
It’s been years since I’ve read this book but I absolutely loathe it. I found the pacing to be very slow, and the writing was exposition heavy. In theory, I like the idea of retelling a story from the perspective of the villain, but in reality, I wasn’t happy with the way Elphaba was portrayed. She came across as a passive character constantly being buffeted about by the political situation around her and did not make that many decisions for herself. However, despite the fact that I disliked the book, I wouldn’t say no to watching the musical.
“When Dorothy triumphed over the Wicked Witch of the West in L. Frank Baum’s classic tale, we heard only her side of the story. But what about her arch-nemesis, the mysterious witch? Where did she come from? How did she become so wicked? And what is the true nature of evil?
Gregory Maguire creates a fantasy world so rich and vivid that we will never look at Oz the same way again. Wicked is about a land where animals talk and strive to be treated like first-class citizens, Munchkinlanders seek the comfort of middle-class stability and the Tin Man becomes a victim of domestic violence. And then there is the little green-skinned girl named Elphaba, who will grow up to be the infamous Wicked Witch of the West, a smart, prickly and misunderstood creature who challenges all our preconceived notions about the nature of good and evil.”
The Fault In Our Stars
Ugh, I can feel the hate for this one. I have yet to meet another person who hates this book as much as I do. I spent the whole book feeling like John Green was trying too hard to be clever. The whole time I thought to myself ‘that’s not a teenager talking…that’s a 30-something crafting witty repartee’…
This book has also been called out to be horribly offensive to cancer patients. A quote from a review by a reader with cancer: “I do not exist to be your tragedy. I do not exist for you to find special meaning in your life. I do not exist to teach people Lessons or to give people Feels.”
If that right there isn’t a good reason to not read it, then I don’t know what is.
“”I fell in love the way you fall asleep: slowly, then all at once.”
Despite the tumor-shrinking medical miracle that has bought her a few years, Hazel has never been anything but terminal, her final chapter inscribed upon diagnosis. But when a gorgeous plot twist named Augustus Waters suddenly appears at Cancer Kid Support Group, Hazel’s story is about to be completely rewritten.
Insightful, bold, irreverent, and raw, The Fault in Our Stars is award-winning author John Green’s most ambitious and heartbreaking work yet, brilliantly exploring the funny, thrilling, and tragic business of being alive and in love.”
Diary of an Oxygen Thief
I really really really wanted to like this but I couldn’t get over what a self-absorbed, pretentious and misogynistic douchebag the main character is. The whole story is 90% him complaining about how horrible his life is while the other 10% is how horrible he was treated by the girl he loves (and by “love”, I mean obsesses over, thinks about hurting her, and then condemns her for doing the same thing to him that he’s done to countless women before with very little remorse). Comparing this book to Catcher in the Rye and Lolita is insulting to both of those books. I did love how, throughout the book, the author keeps repeating something along the lines of “if this gets published” or “if this ever sees the light of day” because really, how did this get published?
“Hurt people hurt people.
Say there was a novel in which Holden Caulfield was an alcoholic and Lolita was a photographer’s assistant and, somehow, they met in Bright Lights, Big City. He’s blinded by love. She by ambition. Diary of an Oxygen Thief is an honest, hilarious, and heartrending novel, but above all, a very realistic account of what we do to each other and what we allow to have done to us.”
The Sky is Everywhere
I absolutely loved I’ll Give You The Sun and had a giant amount of expectation for this book, but it was such a disappointment to me. I was just bored throughout the entire novel. Also, I hate hate hate hate instalove and this book was filled with it. The romance between Joe and Lennie was WAY too sudden (He just randomly shows up at her house one day and then begins to invite himself into the house every morning with croissants? Also, they kiss and then a few days later they are in love?) and her ongoing crisis between picking Toby or Joe made me want to slap her silly. Oh yeah, there’s kind of a love triangle and like… nah. Also, I hated Lennie. She was extremely pretentious with her poetry and ‘deep thoughts’ and I couldn’t help but roll my eyes constantly at her. That’s saying something, as I love poetry and often think I have deep thoughts all the time lol.
“Seventeen-year-old Lennie Walker spends her time tucked safely and happily in the shadow of her fiery older sister, Bailey.
But when Bailey dies abruptly, Lennie is catapulted to center stage of her own life – and suddenly finds herself struggling to balance two boys. One boy takes Lennie out of her sorrow; the other comforts her in it. But the two can’t collide without Lennie’s world exploding…”