6 books that almost made us quit reading

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We all have them. Those books that we don’t just dislike, but despise with vehemence. It is not necessarily an insult to the author, a book can cause me to rage even though it is beautifully written. It’s all about the mix. I mean a story is all about people and situations, so its to be expected that there are things we just don’t jive with. Here are a few of ours:

1. STALK ME by Jillian Dodd

“I thought STALK ME was a piece of light, fluffy, fun YA literature. But what I picked up was a poorly-written smut novel geared toward younger audiences that glorifies sex, drugs, partying, hatred, stupidity, lacking family values, lacking moral values, and basically just makes teenagers look stupid and clueless. Something I would NEVER, EVER want my child to read in her pre-teen and teenager years.
 
I mean, her parents let her traipse around the world and LOVE and GUSH over her sex life. They even get “misty-eyed.”
 
WTF? – Krystal”
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Kris’s Thoughts: Yeah I don’t have a response. I mean her mom is excited about a stalker. That’s not normal mom behavior, right? I am pretty sure that would have me raging if my daughter came home and said someone was stalking her. Maybe that’s the uncool approach, but still….

2. TWILIGHT by Stephanie Myers

I had to do it. Honestly. WTF. Sparkly vampires? Really? I can’t even…. Now I would have really liked Twilight… if they didn’t sparkle and ALL the main characters died. It could have been cool then, right? And is it okay if we just don’t ackhowledge Bella as real? Or female? I mean she sets women back like… I don’t know a thousand freaking years. When I got to the part after he left her and its just like four months of nothing… I honestly want to rage quit reading. EFF that.

-Kris

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Kris’s Thoughts (continued): I guess this bit doesn’t count since the above was my thoughts too… but I have to add: Twilight was so ridiculous that even the actor who shot to fame over it questioned it. THAT says a lot. Plus I hate Bella. A Lot.


3. BETWIXT by Tara Bray Smith

ZzZzZzZz…. is it over yet?
-Layla
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Kris’s Thoughts: Ugh. Those books. The ones that don’t end, and your not even quite sure if it ever started. It’s like reading a text book… about the most uninteresting things ever. The benefit though, they work better than an Ambien to go to sleep.

4. ANNA AND THE FRENCH KISS by Stephanie Perkins

I despised it. There can only be one St. Clair — Cole from the book linger.
-Eliza
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Krystal’s Thoughts: I am taking over Kris’s spot because I HAVE to defend this! I love this book. So there.

5. DIVERGENT (The Series) by Veronica Roth

WHO DOES THAT? SERIOUSLY? VERONICA… NOT COOL! NOT. COOL.
If you don’t know what I am talking about, move over cause I’m coming to live under your rock too. This world is just too cruel.
-Kris
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Kris’s Thoughts (continued): NOT COOL.

6. NEW MOON by Stephanie Meyer

Emo Edward, first of all. Enough said. Bella? She curls up in an effing ball in the woods because of a guy. Then there’s Jacob. Starts out as an awesome guy until OH NO he’s been shoved into the friend zone, so that means it’s time for some character assassination! By the end of that book, I hated all the main characters.
-Mara
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Kris’s Thoughts: Again, sparkling vampires. Nuff said.

What book made you want to rage quit reading?

OR do you have a different opinion on the books above? We would LOVE to hear you defend them, the folks here at blaze love seeing other opinions!

5 Comments on “6 books that almost made us quit reading”

  1. Divergent series definitely left me like WHAAAAT???? WHY????? I couldn’t even finish it after that part…no point…My bookmark is still on that page…no point… I have to admit (*winces, waits for Kris to smack me*), The Twilight Saga was my introduction to Vampires…I didn’t know vampires didn’t normally sparkle. (You’ll be proud to know, I have since expanded my vampire knowledge…and zombies…and cemeteries…). I liked the story (although, re-reading them now after I’ve grown as a writer…ADVERB HEAVEN, and I’d cut about HALF the book…), but the ending? This HUGE build up, tons of characters then . . . that’s it? All neat and tiding and that’s it?
    Can’t think of anymore at the moment, but I’ll be back if I think of anymore… 🙂

    1. I KNOW right? I think I was personally offended, like you just intentionally stabbed me in the feels. Just not cool.

      As for you liking Twilight, I am just going to have to pretend you never said that. Just kidding, to each their own! If you loved it, embrace it! Although, I may snicker at your praise and vomit at your fangirl squeals:D No judgement though!

  2. I’m so happy to see someone versed in the YA world speak out about Twlight. That’s been a bur under my saddle for a long time. Twlight was an insult to Vampires!

    Here’s one for you…Hunger Games. Yes, I finished it, but there were several times I came close to pulling the plug. Needless to say I did not read the other two. It wasn’t just the underlying premise (a society where twelve year old children are put in a death-fight with eighteen year olds – really), it was the convenient plot contrivances that magically come out of nowhere.

    1. DL, my friend, there are so many of us who despised Twilight to such a crazy extent. Like I said, I might have liked it if ALL the main characters died. Because they all annoyed me. They all made me want to kick them in the face. I don’t think I am the only one that sensed the overly dramatic “I’ll kill myself if I lose you ZOMG!!!!” theme going on.

      For the record: BUFFY was a better vamp girlfriend than BELLA. And obviously Angel (especially evil Angel) kicked the crap out of Edward. Just sayin…

  3. Oh where to start? I must confess no author ever made me want to quit reading. But a number horrified me by the fact that such bad authors could receive such praise. And I rarely see the need to finish a bad or badly written book., so there were many abandoned and unremembered ones.
    Faulkner is at the top of my bad list. I read Sound and the Fury and Sanctuary. Both struck me as totally awful in content and with no real value to me as a reader. I also picked up a Donald Clayton Porter novel (can’t even remember which one now) once thinking it was historical fiction and discovered that it was historical Harlequin Romance. It was one of the few books I ever threw away. I hated Last of the Mohicans when I first tried to read it on my own in high school. I wanted it to be 20th Century in style, and I was totally impatient with the pacing and the dialogue. Six years later I picked it up again and loved it. I hated Wuthering Heights because all the characters were so despicable, Nurse included, that I just wanted them all out of my life. Probably Text books made me hate reading the most. Their lack of cohesive narrative, smarmy arrogance, and piles of facts lacking contextualization I found tedious. I much preferred a good biography to a Global Studies text.

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