Disappointing Books and Their Better Alternatives

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

I like to ensure that my blog is a positive and upbeat place, which is why I haven't brought you a negative post before. I write quite a lot of book reviews and report back with my favourites, but I never share the books that I didn't like as much as others. Today I thought I'd do just that, but I'd add a positive spin by sharing a similar book that you should read instead.

The Fault in our Stars by John Green
This might be a bit of a surprise, as it's a highly acclaimed book that a lot of people enjoyed, but it just wasn't anything special for me. I found the storyline really upsetting and the whole concept of the book to be emotional, but the writing didn't connect with me and add to these feelings at all. The characters and events could be cheesy at times and lacked in realism. I would instead recommend Looking for Alaska, which is also by John Green. The story line follows a similar path, but it is much more intriguing, gripping and not at all predictable.

The Maze Runner by James Dashner 
This is another popular book that I didn't enjoy, probably because I couldn't get into it. After reading the blurb, I was drawn in by the concept of this book and thought that it'd be a great dystopian book, which is a genre that I love. Despite this, the book was slow, full of characters that made me confused and it lacked in excitement, making it hard to read and stopped me from finishing it. Instead, you should read Divergent by Veronica Roth, which is also a dystopian book about teenagers that is packed with adventure, comedy, romance, tragedy and action. The plot is fast paced and incredibly hard to put down, which is why I really enjoyed it.

She is Not Invisible by Marcus Sedwick
The main character of this book, Laureth, is blind, which is a new idea that I thought would be innovative, but instead proved to be unrealistic and not portrayed how I expected. The book was also centred around the idea of coincidences existing but in the end the characters decided that they didn't, contradicting everything said and making a lot of the events pointless. Instead, you should read Wonder by R J Palacio. The main character also has a physical disability, but it is much more realistic and gripping, in my opinion. It is fun, follows both exciting and emotional events and has a perfect conclusion.

Overall, I was disappointed with these three books and probably wouldn't highly recommend them. This isn't because they're bad but because they weren't what I was expecting or didn't compare to other novels that I'd read. Everyone is entitled to their own opinion and some people might love these books, which I'm also fine with. Thank you for reading this post and I'll see you on Sunday!

Love from Daisy x


  1. It's nice to hear something other than a rave review for the Fault in Our Stars. I've yet to read it. :]

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    1. I guess honesty is best, I wouldn't want to give it a great review if it was a lie! :) x