Top 5 Wednesdays: My Most Disappointing Reads From 2018

Hello, beautiful people! On Wednesdays I post my “Top 5” which comes from a GoodReads group that creates topics for bloggers to write about. The topic this week is “Top 5 Most Disappointing Reads of 2018”. This is a pretty easy one.

I Was A BitchI Was A Bitch – Emily Ruben 

Most of you who have been around for a while have heard me talk about this book a few times. I… hated it. It was an unnecessarily long book about an unnecessarily annoying love triangle. The main character is a crappy person and we’re supposed to believe she’s different after a car accident that takes her memory, but she’s honestly still a crappy person. This book just really sucks.



You Were HereYou Were Here – Cori McCarthy 

Since this has a 4.05 rating on Goodreads, I’d venture to say that most other readers have enjoyed this novel. I, on the other hand, felt like there was an abundance of teen angst that made it hard to get to what this book was supposed to be about: grief. There’s so much relationship drama in this that it reminded me of how annoying dating in high school was. I also really didn’t like that this was written in so many… formats. We get snippets from five different characters but it’s done in a very unique (and annoying, for me) way.


The CheerleadersThe Cheerleaders – Kara Thomas 

To clarify, this wasn’t a bad read for me. I rated it 3.5 stars and it was decently enjoyable. However, I was definitely disappointed because I’ve come to really like reading work from Kara Thomas, and I think this was my least favorite of all of her books. I definitely expected something different after the release was hyped up so much. It’s really not a bad book, but it felt a bit rushed to me compared to her other novels.



Nick & Norah's Infinite PlaylistNick & Norah’s Infinite Playlist – Rachel Cohn & David Levithan 

I know this is an older one, but it went under my radar until last year. I actually saw the movie first and loved it. My combined love for Kat Dennings and Michael Cera really hooked  me with the screen adaption. So I thought I’d read the book. And it was not as good as the movie ): It’s not a bad read, but it was still disappointing to me because I had already become attached to the story through the movie and the novel kind of ruined some of it. Does that make sense?


Stargirl (Stargirl, #1)Stargirl – Jerry Spinelli 

Once again, you’ve probably heard me rant about this one if you’ve been here for a while. I cannot for the life of me figure out why people like this unless they have some twisted idea of love. The boy in this story literally falls for Stargirl because she’s so different and mesmerizing, but then once he has her he’s ashamed of how different she is. He manipulates her into becoming like the  masses. I could’ve 100% done without ever reading this.


What books disappointed you in 2018? Why?


10 thoughts on “Top 5 Wednesdays: My Most Disappointing Reads From 2018

  1. Wow, I haven’t read any of these, which I guess is good because it means they haven’t been able to disappoint me. My most disappointing read of 2018 was also my most anticipated read for the year, so that wasn’t fun. Mockingjay disappointed me a lot to, I just really did not like the ending.

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    1. Consider yourself lucky, then!! Most of them were dreadful, but all disappointing. I absolutely hate that your most anticipated/most disappointing happened to be the same book ): I can’t imagine how frustrating that must’ve been 😅 The ending for Mockingjay wasn’t what I wanted but I loved the book as a whole! I’ve decided it’s my favorite of the series.

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  2. I think Stargirl was enjoyable for me when I was much younger because you realize how wrong the boy in the story is and the lesson there is more powerful. We can admire Stargirl’s differences and realize her vulnerability. And really everyone’s vulnerability to a subconscious need to fit in. But I don’t think its a book I’d enjoy reading or revisiting now.

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  3. I read Stargirl as one of our required readings in middle school. I don’t remember much about it but it surprises me they would have us read a book like that? Unless it was meant to teach a lesson about not repressing different people or something?

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    1. In the end Stargirl embraces her true self and (I think) leaves town. It’s been a while since I read it but I’m pretty sure that’s what happens. It’s probably a good lesson book for teaching adolescents about accepting oneself and others!

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