Hey guys! Yesterday I shared my top ten favorite books of 2018, and today I’ll be sharing my least favorite books of 2018. There are quite a few surprises and unpopular opinions on this list, so just keep in mind that this is my opinion and I have the right to mine and you have the right to yours. Also, this list does have 13 books because that’s how many I really disliked and I didn’t feel like shortening this list to 10. Alrighty, let’s get right into my least favorite books of 2018.
13. I Have Lost My Way by Gayle Forman
Gayle Forman is a very unique young adult author. This is a very interesting concept that I wasn’t sure how I’d feel about considering I felt not too good about her other books, and I’m sad to say this was a disappointment. I didn’t have high expectations, hence why it’s low on the list. This had potential but in my opinion, it wasn’t reached.
12. The Astonishing Color of After by Emily X. R. Pan
This was another disappointment for me. There was a lot of hype surrounding this, but I was confused the entire time I read this. It time jumped a lot and some parts weren’t explained very well. I’m really sad this didn’t work out because I had high expectations but they weren’t reached.
11. Sadie by Courtney Summers
Thank you to NetGalley and the publisher for sending me an ARC in exchange for an honest review.
I read this when there wasn’t much hype around it (that’s probably why I got an ARC in the first place). I didn’t like Sadie’s voice and her relationship with her sister felt toxic. I mean, her existence hinged on Mattie. Once it hit the NYT bestseller list I felt even worse, but I still stand by my opinion.
10. Suicide Notes by Michael Ford Thomas
The main character, Jeff, sounded like he was 12 (he’s 15), and some things were made light of (maybe because of his age). I didn’t enjoy it at all.
9. The Story of My Face by Leanne Baugh
Thank you to Edelweiss and the publisher for sending me an ARC in exchange for an honest review.
This had a really cool and unique premise, but the potential wasn’t reached. I was confused with the characters and they all had just one personality trait attached to them and that was it. Overall, it was a pretty boring read for me.
8. Reign of the Fallen by Sarah Glenn Marsh
I was left waiting for this book to pick up, which it did in the second half of the story, but by that time I had lost interest in the story and just wanted to finish it. After reading this book I haven’t liked any others that deal with necromancy (as you’ll see in a minute)
7. Me and Me by Alice Kuipers
I’ll just leave my Goodreads review here because it sums up my thoughts very well.
Thank you to Netgalley and the publisher for sending me an ARC in exchange for an honest review. I read the synopsis of this book and found it really interesting but the execution wasn’t very good. I was really confused for basically the entire book. The plot twist was very messy. The characters were not really developed and I found Lark’s relationship to be toxic. Domestic abuse was a theme that was not properly explored, as was sexual peer pressure. Overall, do not recommend.
6. Twice Dead by Caitlin Seal
This is the other necromancy book I was talking about. It was really boring. Nothing happened and the characters were not developed at all, so another disappointment.
5. Matched by Allie Condie
I read this back in 2016 and DNF’d it, so I decided to give it another chance. Unfortunately I DNF’d it again. It’s filled with tropes and things I’ve already seen many times, and the plot was not interesting at all. Do not recommend at all.
4. Zenith by Sasha Alsberg and Lindsay Cummings
This had a lot of hype surrounding it, but once reviews started to come out they weren’t very good. I thought ‘oh, i’ve never disliked a book so i’ll probably like it’
Yeah, that’s what I thought. Again, I’ll leave my Goodreads review here because I’m lazy to retype all this.
Where do I even start? This book was such a mess. It was extremely hyped, and I’m sad to say it did not live up to it at all.
Plot: To me, the plot was way too big to follow. Way too many things happened. I think it would have been better spaced out as a trilogy. There were also several subplots that were underdeveloped.
Characters: There were way too many POV’s to follow. To me, some of them didn’t really add anything to the story. Characters like Breck and Gilly were underdeveloped, which was sad to see, and some characters had no use at all.
Writing: Because of the multiple POV’s, some chapters were really short and some were really long. A lot of the memories/flashbacks served no purpose to me. Everything was over-described, making the book drag on and be way longer than it needed to be.
Overall, the worst thing about this book was my reading experience. I couldn’t go a few chapters without finding a flaw or something that ticked me off. Trigger warnings would have been appreciated. I’m very disappointed.
Now we come to my top three disliked books of 2018. Are you ready? Let’s get right into it!
3. Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell
This is like a classic of YA literature, but, it was so boring and the main character was so annoying. I DNF’d it at 75%, so I could have finished it but I couldn’t. I never DNF books when I’m more than 50% of the way through, which is a testament to how much I disliked this book.
2. What If It’s Us By by Becky Albertalli and Adam Silvera
I’m sure everyone is wondering. How is this on my least favorite books of 2018, and this high? I’ll tell you. This was a character driven novel, but I didn’t connect with the characters or grow to care for them. I was basically a robot reading this, and I’m really sad to say this was a huge disappointment.
1. When Dimple Met Rishi by Sandhya Menon
I’ll leave my Goodreads review for this book as well.
I have very weird, mixed feelings about this book. I went in all excited about the Indian representation, but when I finished I realized I had a lot of problems with it.
– first of all, the plot is cliche. Like, way too cliche. The main reason I read books with diverse leads is to get away from cliches, but this did the opposite.
– Indian rep was eh. Maybe this was the author’s experience (and I’m not invalidating that) but I feel like it was very stereotypical. Again, this was probably the author’s experience, but I found that I couldn’t relate to either Indian character (and I’m Indian)
– Dimple Shah. I find that I’m similar to her in a few ways like I’m willing to do what it takes to pursue my dream, but overall she was kind of problematic. She was too controlling. Everything had to go her way, or no way at all. Also, how her and Rishi’s relationship started? So unrealistic. Considering that she didn’t want a relationship, she fell in love real quick. And then the book also never mentions any earlier friendships, so judging by the way she handled everything with Cecilia, she didn’t even want to get to know the girl, but offered her advice and expected Cecilia to obey it.
– Rishi was okay. He had some things going for him, so he was a decent love interest, but he was too in love with Dimple to notice the bad stuff about her.
Overall, this was very problematic and I’m extremely disappointed.
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