Rating: 2/5 (DNF)
This book was full of surprises. Usually when I say something like that I mean it in a good way. Not this time.
I really truly wanted to like TYotGS. I didn’t have too many expectations for it, mainly because I knew little about it before I read it. I knew enough to think that I might like it. But apparently I was wrong in that aspect. I got to page 120 (40% of the way done) and had to stop. I really just couldn’t read any more.
The surprising thing is, most of the reviews this book got on Goodreads were positive. Three, four, five star reviews. What am I missing here? Is there something wrong with me?! Unless the writing style and the characters changed drastically between page 120 and 295, I have no doubt in my mind that I would still have disliked the book just as much as I do now. That’s just the sad truth, folks.
Ok now, moving on. Why did I not like TYotGS? Well, it starts out so typically that I nearly slammed the book shut upon reading the first chapter. Girl likes popular guy. Guy doesn’t notice girl. Standard high school drama ensues (parties, drugs, jealous popular girls, etc). For one thing (and this is in reference to many other YA books, not just this one), is it really that “normal” for a girl to actually start dating the guy she’s been crushing on for who knows how long? This doesn’t happen in real life, guys. That said, why is this tactic used in sooo many YA books?! It’s highly irrelevant to real life situations, yet it’s used in about 80% of YA books. I know we can let our imaginations soar and whatnot when it comes to fiction, but at least try and keep it somewhat relatable, alrighty?
Language: None (as far as I read)
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