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The books you read and wondered how they got published. I was just thinking about how most of the threads on here are about books that people have liked but what about those ones that left you in incredulous disbelief.

submitted by Spell Caster
(July 17, 2019 - 9:59 am)

I like the Lightning Thief, but the Sea of Monsters I really just couldn't get through.

There was also a book I picked up at school, that I think was called Hereafter. It was the second in a series, but it was so awful I never tried to find the first. It had a lot of overused and badly developed tropes, awful characters, and aaaargh. It read like a lot of bad YA fiction usually does. 

submitted by icarus
(July 31, 2019 - 12:27 pm)

The whole Divergent series was, in my opinion, AWFUL. I don't like dystopian all that much, but Divergent was just the worst. The plot was cliche, the world was cliche, the romance was mushy and gross and awful, and the whole thing was just... it was just BAD.

submitted by DIVERGENT. PERIOD.
(August 2, 2019 - 4:55 am)

Aww, I like the Ramona books and the Percy Jackson books. But I didn't really like The Red Pony by John Steinbeck. We had to read it for school, and it was just disturbing and boring at the same time, which is a terrible combination. 

submitted by Applejaguar, Wisteria
(August 2, 2019 - 6:01 pm)

Well, I mostly liked The Hunger Games, but I hated how there were WAY TOO MANY comma splices (agh!).

I also have a hard time determining what makes a book “good” or “bad.” Is it good if I couldn’t put it down? Is it bad if I hated the ending, or is that a sign that I just didn’t want it to end? What if I loved it while I was reading it but noticed gaping plot holes looking back?

Has anyone else read The Bunker Diary? That ending... AAAGH!!! 

submitted by Kitten, Pondering
(August 3, 2019 - 9:59 pm)

Hunger Games was fine until Peeta AKA Mr. Kissyface came in with the sore leg... If you read these books, you should know what I'm talking about...

submitted by Clovertoe, age 24 Moons, WindClan
(October 12, 2019 - 6:28 pm)

Boundary by Mary Victoria Johnson.

I mean, the idea is really great, but just... the writing is not good at all??

The main characters are a group of 6 teenagers (probably from the 1840's) who have never had any contact with the outside world. That means that they could talk however the author wanted. She could've made them talk like teenagers from the 1840's, but if she didn't know how to do that she easily could have made them talk like modern teenagers. As long as it was consistant it would be totally fine. But instead they just kind of talk like a modern 13-year-old who's trying too hard to sound like they're from the 1840's and it just comes off as super weird. Too many adverbs or something.

I kinda don't blame the author because she wrote the book when she was literally 14 and it's definitly 2x better than anything I wrote around that age. This thing is a substantial novel and she just proofread it a lil bit it would be pretty decent.

I do think the concept of this story would make a reaaally good netflix series though. Or an RP.

submitted by Alizarine, trappedin1840, aLaS!!!1!1
(August 4, 2019 - 10:11 am)

This is a super unpopular opinion, but I can't stand the book Speak. 

submitted by September
(August 5, 2019 - 11:10 pm)

I'm back because I just finished the 100. I wouldn't say it was terrible and didn't deserve to be published, but i'm putting it here because it is SO FRUSTRATING How good of a book it could have been if not for the DANG ROMANCE! AND FREAKIN GLASS! 

(Spoilers for The 100 ahead) 

If I had to summarize this book in one sentence, it would be this: "Unnescesary romance and entertaining character development that all dissappears in the smoke of a PHYSCICALLY IMPOSSIBLE FIRE!!!"

Also, that's literally all Glass's arc was. Unnescesary romance.

It's just frustrating that the book was generally entertaining and made me want to do nothing but read it to find out how it ends, and then it adds a LOVE TRIANGLE that adds NOTHING TO THE STORY! Like, Wells and Bellamy get over it in like five seconds!



submitted by Ella Starburst, Heads up High
(August 8, 2019 - 11:36 am)

I read this book called Shadow and Bone, and I really liked it at first but then this really - how shall I put it? - UNCOMFORTABLE ROMANCE started up (I mean it was technically YA heh heh) and the ending was kind of weird. Like, it was like the main character gave everything for her true love and nobody else. Well, it is a trilogy so at least it might change. And the writing and worldbuilding were actually really good. But I was disappointed.

submitted by spiffycat, age 12, here!
(August 11, 2019 - 3:37 pm)

I bought the first book in the The Legue of Secret Superheroes series, and it's really just giving away that it was written for money instead of being good. The beginning was fine, but it's so predictable and the dialogue is awful.

submitted by Luna-Starr, age 27 eons, Existential Ponderment
(August 13, 2019 - 10:00 am)

I absolutely loved The Penderwicks series by Jeanne Birdsall when I was in elementary school. I was so excited when I saw that a fifth book was coming out (this was in 8th grade), because I thought the series was over. 

If you liked the first Penderwicks books, DO NOT READ PENDERWICKS AT LAST It ruined the whole series and all the character development of the past four books.  

Spoilers (if anyone cares):






Skye marries this random guy name Dusek, NOT JEFFREY, and it sets up for a Batty x Jeffrey romance. I can't even write this without feeling sad because Skye and Jeffrey was literally my first ship before I realized what shipping was. 

<3 Fidelity 

submitted by Fidelity
(August 14, 2019 - 3:47 am)

OOH! Penderwicks is like my favorite series!

I don't like that Skye got married, like, at all. I think she should have stayed single, or at least the author could have talked more about Dusek. And I really like Batty+Jeffrey.

And as for the character development you mentioned - it doesn't seem that bad to me except that I kept mixing up Batty and Jane in my mind. They're so much alike!

And Mrs. Tifton went from a menace to comic relief. I don't mind that much though. She was funny.

Overall I pretty much liked The Penderwicks at Last. It is literally the only book I've read that has made me cry. Ever. (It was at the part where Batty says bye to Wesley .  . .idk I am generally a very unemotional person but I was that day for some reason).

submitted by spiffycat, age 12
(August 14, 2019 - 5:29 pm)

I liked The Penderwicks at Last just as much as all the other ones. I do feel like Skye didn't need to get married, though. The whole Penderwicks series always makes me feel like crying because they're so safe and it makes me feel really nostalgic for when I was younger. I love those books so much.

submitted by Applejaguar, Wisteria
(August 30, 2019 - 12:10 pm)

That's just like when I read part 2 of little women - it seemed obvious that Jo would marry Laurie, even after she refused him twice, but Jo married this new character and Laurie ended up marrying Amy. I think I was 10 or 11 when I read that, and I didn't know what shipping was, but I was very disappointed.

submitted by Tina of Dreams, age 13
(October 18, 2019 - 1:52 pm)

Well I never wanted Jo to get married in the first place because she is so so so awesome and I felt like she had just met the professor dude. I kinda always felt like Amy or Beth

submitted by SurroundedByBooks , Next to my bookshelf
(January 7, 2020 - 10:24 am)