Recently, I picked up a book that had a gorgeous cover, intriguing back cover story, and made the NYT Bestseller list.
I’d heard the author speak and was interested in seeing her work. But I have to confess, I put the book back once before buying it.
Something just didn’t hook me. Still I decided to give it a shot.
And I’ve been paying for it ever since.
I’ve put the book down numerous times. It feels like work to read it. I almost quit a hundred pages into it.
But then I decided to keep reading. To analyze what made it so putdownable for me.
I am now done. And I have a long list of complaints:
- The main character isn’t likable
- I cannot connect with her no matter how hard I try
- There is way too much telling and not enough showing of her inner self
- She comes across as whiny and weak
- She doesn’t do much for the entire book
- The love story is so not believable
- The writer keeps telling me about these feelings they have, but I don’t believe it
- I never really saw this love develop in the book it was just bam there
- The hero is so mysterious I don’t know a damn thing about him
- At first this was tantalizing, but by page 200 I’m just annoyed and bored. And uninvested in the outcome
- I don’t get why things aren’t working and it frustrates me
- The only explanation comes in the last 15 pages and it is just a lead into the next book
- The book is nothing like the back cover
- Don’t promise me a mystery with romantic elements and deliver a stalled romance that goes nowhere and a mystery that no one works to solve
- I’m done and I still have no idea what the story is about
- More to the point, I don’t care
- The pacing is SOOOOO SLOW
- Nothing happens throughout most of the book. Like hundreds of pages wasted.
- Things start to get interesting around page 200. Yup 200! Then they slow to a snail’s pace again
- When I start daydreaming about doing laundry and my next blog post, I know there’s a problem
- The last 25 pages were climatic. But getting there was an act of faith and self flagellation
- The writing is so-so
- Tons of clichés and basic descriptions–feels like lazy writing
- Lots of telling instead of showing
- Many unnecessary scenes
- The sentence structure and word usage are very commonplace
- The voice is severely lacking
- I find myself skipping ahead pages to see when things get interesting and have gone 50+ pages ahead and found nothing