#2017RoundUp: Worst Books

Thursday, 4 January 2018

Following on from the second part of my #2017RoundUp on Tuesday that gave a rundown of my favourite of the books I read during the year, it makes sense that I should now follow up that post with the worst books. Obviously, this is not a topic which I relish in; for, although my standards are high and my tendency to bitch or grumble is exponentially higher than the average person, I do not enjoy spending hours reading something terrible when it could be spent discovering something marvellous.
I mean, does anyone?
So, these are the top five books that will definitely not be on my re-read or recommendations lists for 2018.

180 Seconds by Jessica Park (Full Review)
This book and those like it, are the main reason why I tend to avoid the romance genre. As I mentioned in my (let's face it, rather blunt and pissed-off) review, the trope of the girl getting over past trauma through falling in love with an unrealistically handsome boy, is not something that I can tolerate. Do you know how real people get through trauma? With mood stabilisers and therapy, so can we please stop telling young girls that a cute boy will bypass their need for those? 

Autonomous* by Annalee Newitz (Full Review)
This book! This book. Do I even have any words to describe this homophobic drivel? How do books like these get hailed as LGBT+ friendly? I mean, have any LGBT+ people actually read them? Because as someone who identifies as part of that community, all I can think is that if straight people think this is LGBT+ friendly, I would hate to see what they think is hateful towards us.

One of Us is Lying by Karen M. McManus (Full Review)
Oh, where do I even start? The villainisation of mental illness? Sexuality being used as a plot twist? All of the positive reviews? Let's just put it this way - if you were one of the many people who liked this book, do not ever think about recommending me one. Books like these are the reason why people with mental illnesses have to battle everyday - and it's not like they already have enough problems - to not be seen as volatile or destined for a role in a horror movie. I just can't. 

Her Last Tomorrow by Adam Croft (Full Review)
I love a good mystery, but Her Last Tomorrow was far from one. A child goes missing and a father does everything to try and get her back - sounds good, right? The issue is that he shouldn't be trying to get her back, instead he should be hoping that the Child Protective Services have finally realised how shitty he and his wife are, and taken the child away to someone who will actually care about her. There's a thin line between dislikable characters and I-dislike-these-characters and Her Last Tomorrow definitely crossed it.

All the Wrong Chords* by Christine Hurley Deriso (Full Review)
I know, I know, I shouldn't have been expecting a masterpiece. Someone just said, 'cute boys who play guitars' and my expectations were sky-high from then on. In my opinion, All the Wrong Chords definitely tiptoed on the edge of fan fiction - with its flat side characters, Marty Stu love interest and far too short timespan, it is easy to think that the author is a young girl who has never even had a conversation with a real boy.

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*Thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for sending me a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

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