The Worst Books I've Read

I've read many many books in the short time I've been alive and enjoyed all of them... well, almost all of them. In this short list, we have the worst books that I've read.

Why We Broke Up by Daniel Handler

I read this book for a book club I'm in and the idea of it seemed interesting. A contemporary book about each reason why a relationship ended, and one item representing the reason. I think it's a great idea, but the way it was executed was not so great. The author is a male adult, and the POV is a female teenager. Some authors can pull this off well, take John Green for example, but Daniel Handler just couldn't. I found that one paragraph would literally take up pages and the sentences contained within would drone on and on with unnecessary detail to no end. Overall I did not take this book to my liking and ultimately did not finish it.

An Abundance of Katherines by John Green

Don't get me wrong, I love John Green's books, but this one was just unbearable. It focuses on a teenage boy, whose name I do not remember, who has only dated girls named Katherine, exclusively with that spelling. After multiple failed relationships, 19 to be exact, he thinks he should create a mathematical formula to solve love, and in the end, find love for himself. I started and couldn't get into it, but I just kept pushing on because I love all of John Green's other works, and in the end, I was very disappointed. Overall I just didn't like it mainly for how much math was involved, I mean it's a book for god's sake, I never asked for formulas with my reading.

This One Summer by Jillian & Mariko Tamaki

I found this graphic novel while I was at the library and checked it out, totally judging it by its cover. I read it relatively fast, being as it is a graphic novel, but in the end, I just wasn't satisfied. I went in not knowing what to expect because I didn't read the description, but it still let me down. I just found the plot to be lacking and boring overall, and I finished it purely out of the stubbornness of having to finish it.

Jimmy Corrigan, the Smartest Kid on Earth by Chris Ware

Here we have another graphic novel that I checked out purely because I thought the cover was interesting. I didn't know anything about it, and after reading it I still don't really know what it's about. I found that the plot when absolutely everywhere with no solid order of events. For example, in one panel there would be no robot, next panel there would be a robot, and then the one after that the robot would be gone, never to be seen again. In the end, I did not finish it because I just couldn't bear it.

So, those are the four worst books I've read. Keep in mind, if you've read these and like them, that's fine! It's your opinion, I just did not take them to my liking.


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