Let’s talk books. I’ve posted a time or two before when I was looking for new books to read (and despite what you’re about to read, I’m always open to suggestions). This time around though, I’ve got a huge stack of books to be read and just want to comment on the one I just finished reading…Prep by Curtis Sittenfeld.
I was warned that it would be very angsty. But I was also told that it was awesome. Imagine my disappointment when I found out that it wasn’t all that awesome. While I could handle the emo-filled, teen angst, I just couldn’t get over how slow moving it was. It was downright boring. Once again though I stuck it out. I figured if it’s getting rave reviews it’s got to be good, right? Um…not so much.
You’d think by now that I’d realize that if I hear nothing but raves for something…for months or in this case, years…that maybe I just shouldn’t bother. I’ve found that rarely do the books and movies live up to the hype. Especially Forrest Gump. My god I hated that movie. Or I just need to stick with what I know and love…my chicklit. Rarely does it disappoint. It’s the perfect amount of escape needed in a book.
So I ask you two things…
One, have you ever watched or read something that got such rave reviews that you just felt compelled to read or so, only to be left feeling like you were bamboozled?
Two, do you have any suggestions for teen books? My thirteen year-old niece is finishing the Twilight books and I’d like to get her something else to read. Part of me wants to go with the Gossip Girl series since I know she watches the show. On the other hand, if she’s digging the whole vampire thing (and it is its own genre nowadays), maybe I should stick with that. Any suggestions?