Four Disappointing books of 2017

A couple of days ago I talked about my favorite books of 2017, so I thought it’d be interesting to share with you guys some books that disappointed me this year. xD ^^’ None of these books are horrible or the worst I’ve ever read per se. Most of these were actually not that bad, but my opinion on them could have been affected by the hype surrounding it or by high expectations. So do take into consideration that these are indeed my own opinions, and that other people might have different things to say about these books.

Anyway, here are 4 of the most disappointing books of 2017 (in no particular order)

 

99 Days by Katie Cotugno

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Synopsis:

Day 1: Julia Donnelly eggs my house my first night back in Star Lake, and that’s how I know everyone still remembers everything—how I destroyed my relationship with Patrick the night everything happened with his brother, Gabe. How I wrecked their whole family. Now I’m serving out my summer like a jail sentence: Just ninety-nine days till I can leave for college, and be done.

Day 4: A nasty note on my windshield makes it clear Julia isn’t finished. I’m expecting a fight when someone taps me on the shoulder, but it’s just Gabe, home from college and actually happy to see me. “For what it’s worth, Molly Barlow,” he says, “I’m really glad you’re back.”

Day 12: Gabe got me to come to this party, and I’m actually having fun. I think he’s about to kiss me—and that’s when I see Patrick. My Patrick, who’s supposed to be clear across the country. My Patrick, who’s never going to forgive me.

Thoughts:

I couldn’t even get through the second half of this book because of how exasperating the main character is. The same conflict also just keeps repeating itself and there just seems to be zero resolution? 🙄 I ended up reading a spoiler review of this book and am glad that I did not end up wasting my time pushing through to finish this book. :/

 

Playing for Keeps by R.L. Matthewson

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Synopsis:

Done with being the world’s biggest pushover, Haley decides that things are going to change starting with the aggravating neighbor who has too much charm and not enough restraint. What she didn’t expect was to be sucked into his world, but Haley has a game plan and she won’t let herself forget just what the bad boy next door is capable of.

The last thing Jason expected was for his little shy neighbor to go Rambo on him over some ruined flowers. After he decides to take her under his wing he can’t help but notice that she fits very nicely in his life. Now the only thing left is to convince her that this is anything but a game.

Thoughts:

I love me some enemies to lover NA (it’s actually one of my favorite tropes everrr), but when done horrible they become the worse things ever :/ This book is also way too dramatic, cheesy and overall just silly. Drama and cheesy cliches normally accounts for positive aspects (for me, at least. I’m a huge sucker for them), but by page 50 I was ready to fling this book across the room. It was just too much for me :/

 

Like A Memory by Abbi Glines

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Synopsis:

One memory.
One special summer.
The one thing Bliss had lost herself in when the fear and sickness were too much, moments never to be damaged by the harsh reality that followed… until now.

Bliss York didn’t live a normal teenage life. She didn’t go to Friday night football games, walk the halls with her friends every day, go to her prom or even walk to receive her diploma. It had all been taken from her the fall that she was fifteen years old and she was given the diagnosis no one ever wants to hear.

She had leukemia.

Seven years after spending a summer with a girl who he knew would always be his first love and the one who got away, Nate Finlay returns to Sea Breeze to help his fiancé open her new boutique clothing store. When the new employee walks in Nate is taken back seven years to the girl he thought he’d love forever. The one who never answered his calls or returned his text. The one who shut him out completely with not even a goodbye and broke his heart.

They’ve each become someone different. No longer the young teens with stars in their eyes. But does that matter when your heart still says that’s the one.

Thoughts:

Hands down the most disappointing book of the year. I LOVE Abbi Glines and was undoubtedly psyched to read this book after a much hard-hitting ending in one of her books that left me in a book hangover for months. I waited for 2 years for this book only to be let down by a sorry excuse of a story that screams *I GIVE UP ON THIS SERIES AND CHARACTERS*. And this is just the first book in the series, you guys xD There was no depth to the story and it was too cliche (with over the top NA stereotypes). It was just awful. And super disappointing 😦 I think I’m more frustrated and angry rather than upset and disappointed, really. :/

 

The Way I Used To Be by Amber Smith

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Synopsis:

Eden was always good at being good. Starting high school didn’t change who she was. But the night her brother’s best friend rapes her, Eden’s world capsizes.

What was once simple, is now complex. What Eden once loved—who she once loved—she now hates. What she thought she knew to be true, is now lies. Nothing makes sense anymore, and she knows she’s supposed to tell someone what happened but she can’t. So she buries it instead. And she buries the way she used to be.

Told in four parts—freshman, sophomore, junior, and senior year—this provocative debut reveals the deep cuts of trauma. But it also demonstrates one young woman’s strength as she navigates the disappointment and unbearable pains of adolescence, of first love and first heartbreak, of friendships broken and rebuilt, and while learning to embrace a power of survival she never knew she had hidden within her heart.

Thoughts:

I had high expectations going into this book. I wanted to see how books can portray something so sever like rape and sexual assault and I came out of it feeling.. a little bit cheated on. I wanted to like this book so bad. But there just wasn’t anything hard-hitting. Everything was frustrating (in an eye roll manner) and, essentially, boring. :/ The angst was too forced and overall it was just.. ugh… disappointing 😦

 

I hope you guys enjoyed reading this blogpost! What are some disappointing books that you read this year? Let me know!

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