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by Laura McCarthy Benson

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02 January 2011

Books that aggravated me

This list is small.  Extremely small.  I have some issues with books that I just couldn't get past.  Obviously bad writing takes the number one spot, but that isn't everything that can be wrong with a book.  A book can have brilliant writing, but the characters can be horrible i.e. Wuthering Heights and Jude the Obscure.  I can see the literary value of them, but I just can't get past the characters.  Charles Dickens also created some incredibly horrible characters.

Ascendant, Diana Peterfreund

I absolutely loved Rampant.  But this one fell extremely flat for me.  For one I couldn't even finish it.  Maybe I was missing Giovanni, but I find myself getting tired of the boy that you fall for in one book totally disappears in the second book.  I just found myself getting really annoyed with Astrid and the decisions she was making.  I'm going to go back to it eventually to finally finish it.

Anna and the French Kiss, Stephanie Perkins.

This book is showing up on everyone's top 2010 list and I wonder if I read something different.  First of all I found the plot plodding and a bit too convenient and predictable.  AND I HATE WHEN AUTHORS REVERT TO ALL CAPS TO SHOW THAT WE ARE ANGRY OR YELLING! I mean, really, italics will work just as well as does the exclamation point!  I know everyone loved Etienne St. Clair, but he just didn't do it for me.  He seemed very angry and his so-called witty Briticisms just seemed forced and not witty.  More annoying.  Even Anna bothered me.  The way she treated her friend just seemed a bit harsh.  The story seemed very mishmashed to me.  Situations thrown together because ooh, it would make a good story, but it just seemed again to convenient and predictable.

Like I said, the list is small.  I will be reviewing Anna soon and obviously it will be less than stellar.


  1. Wow! Its good to hear you say that about 'Anna and the French Kiss' because I have heard a lot of raving reviews about this one and I just never really liked it...

  2. Both are on my to-read pile..but i may reconsider now. Thanks!

  3. Jude the Obscure is one of my Top 10 Most Hated Books of All Time.

  4. Interesting! I didn't love Anna either, but I thought it was quite good. Looking forward to your review

  5. Thank you for giving your honest opinion about Anna and the French Kiss. Like you said above, I too have heard many raving reviews and now when (and if I read it) I will be able to make a more informed decision rather than follow the crowd.

  6. Sad about Anna but it's good to see conflicting opinions on it!

  7. Matched by Allie Condie was the book that aggravated me this year, despite all the great reviews. It was so tepid and passionless. Great premise, great poem, but blah. Haven't read either of these two titles though.

  8. I agree with Ascendant. It was a major let down. :(

    But I LOVED Anna! I read it so fast and found it just simply delightful. Sorry to hear you didn't enjoy it.

    I found myself unable to finish Afterlife by Claudia Gray. :(


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