Five Books I’ve Abandoned
Let’s get something out of the way here: I am not, typically, the kind of girl who abandons books. According to Goodreads, I have read 241 books and only abandoned eight of those. I have to REALLY have a problem with the book to put it down and pick something else up. Here are five of the eight books I have abandoned and why I didn’t finish them.
1. Being Anti-Social by Leigh K. Cunningham: This was my most recently abandoned book. I did give it two stars instead of one, though. No plot at 29% of the way through and way too much inner dialogue. It was not interesting. Plus, I don’t like the main character very much. She’s more than anti-social, she’s narcissistic.
2. I’d Tell You I Love You, but Then I’d Have to Kill You by Ally Carter. This book severely disappointed me. When I first heard about it, in high school, I think, I couldn’t wait to read it. It was a fun YA novel and the girls were spies. How cool is that? With my love of Nancy Drew, I thought I would be hooked. However, this whole book relied way too much on its “cool” premise of having a secret spy school and the author reminded you at every freaking turn how “cool” it was. All these descriptions of “cool” stuff in the school and the main character talking about it like it was so nonchalant because she is just so “cool.” It bogged down the plot and got so annoying I couldn’t even finish it. It was as if the author were expecting the premise of the book to be the entire draw. She couldn’t stop reminding us how cool her premise was long enough for us to get into the story. I had to abandon it.
3. The Proposal by Lily Zante. In this book, a career-driven woman with no time for relationships (sound familiar?) meets a stripper/male escort at her sister’s bachelorette party and can’t stop thinking about him. She hires him to come along on a company convention. I got through 26% of the book. No thanks. Not an interesting main character, not an interesting love interest, and I don’t need to keep reading about her lustful thoughts. Sorry, but the only reason she seems interested or intrigued is from seeing him half-naked and thinking he was hot. This story needed a heck of a lot more depth!
4. The Girls by Lori Lansens. I was really excited for this one and thought the premise was great! It was about two conjoined twins, each writing part of the book from their own perspective. Sadly, I just couldn’t get into the story. The writing style was not engaging and the story kept taking little rabbit trails. Too many details about things that are not important to the story. I tried!
5. After Forever Ends by Melanie Ramone. This book has great reviews on Goodreads, but I could not get into it. I abandoned it at 14% of the way through and it felt like I had been reading the book FOREVER. It must be a very long book. It was so slow and at 14%, I didn’t know the plot of the book yet; she was just looking back on her life. Like I said, it has awesome reviews, but I don’t get it. Maybe it gets amazing later on, but I didn’t have the time to wait and find out.