This weeks Top Ten Tuesday features books that I’m not too fond of. I stuck to books that have achieved mainstream popularity that I feel less guilty about critiquing. If you disagree with my picks, feel free to let me know in the comments below but please remember it’s all in good fun, everyone is entitled to an opinion!
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Shruthi’s Top Ten
- Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Sáenz
This might be the most controversial choice to make this list but I cannot stand the writing style. Very reminiscent of John Green but somehow even worse. I’ve never read a book that was trying so hard to win awards.
2. A Simple Favour by Darcey Bell
Oh dear, I watched the mess that was the movie adaptation but was still wholly unprepared. It’s a trainwreck even before we factor in the incest plotline.
3. The entire House of Night series by P.C and Kristin Cast
I read this so young and wow should I not have. It is horribly cliched, very reminiscent of like reaaally bad Harry Potter fanfiction that you’d expect to be written by a pre-teen and yet it’s written by grown women. The sex scenes are poorly written but wow the level of second-hand discomfort I gained knowing they were written by a mother-daughter duo is unparalled. I’m pretty sure it’s ten different flavours of racist, homophobic, sexist and has some very questionable messaging. I really hope the teens of today are not reading this.
4. Queen of Shadows by Sarah J. Maas
Don’t @ me SJM fans. Queen of Shadows butchered Chaol’s character and I am not over it. (Although I’m incredibly over SJM as an author in general. Too tired of seeing her reuse the same tropes and refuse to include actual meaningful diversity.)
5. What If It’s Us by Becky Albertalli and Adam Silvera
This is another hot take but I hated this with a passion which was depressing because I absolutely love Simon Vs. The Homosapiens Agenda and every book Adam Silvera has written. Way too many Hamilton references and this is coming from someone who loves Hamilton! Also both the characters sounded the same despite them being written by different people which is baffling.
6. Harry Potter and the Cursed Child by Jack Thorne
No explanation needed. But if you want one anyway, check out our review!
7. The Mortal Instruments series by Cassandra Clare
Perhaps another controversial choice, but I’ve been reflecting on it a bunch recently and boy is it hugely flawed. There are three separate incest plotlines which is actually almost impressive. Racism, biphobia and sexism galore makes me wish I could un-read this series (except that I still really liked the Infernal Devices series which requires some knowledge of The Mortal Instruments…).
8. Paper Towns by John Green
Margo Roth Spiegelman and Quentin Jacobsen are so quintessentially John Green so it’s no surprise it made it on this list. Paper Towns is incredibly formulaic and follows a similar script to Looking for Alaska and An Abundance of Katherines and even The Fault in Our Stars but does every single aspect worse.
9. Call Me By Your Name by André Aciman
The peach scene is genuinely hilarious but not worth suffering the purple prose.
10. Hush, Hush by Becca Fitzpatrick
I know YA fantasy-romance thrives on predatory, unhealthy relationships that are romanticized for teenagers who do not know any better but I’m not sure any book exemplifies that more than Hush, Hush. It’s also not compellingly written or interesting.
Let me know what books you’d like to throw in the ocean in the comments below!