5 Books That Didn’t Live Up To The Hype


You’re so excited. You’ve seen this popular book everywhere. Goodreads, you’re favorite blog, local bookclub, online bookclub, everywhere. On release day you’re pre-ordered book arrives on you e-reader. You run out to the closest bookstore you can find. You have to get your hands on this book.

You read it. . .

It’s not what you thought it would be.

At least that’s what happened to me with the following books.

Without Merit by Colleen Hoover


That’s all I have. Three stars is all I can allow myself to give to stay true to myself. I love CoHo’s book, I really do, but this one…not so much. It’s not that the book is horrible but it’s not her best work. I thought since she hadn’t released a new book in 2017 that she was about to blow me away.

Welp… I’m still standing. I was not blow away at all. Not in the slightest.

This book was one of the times in my life I can say, “I’m disappointed.” Not because the book sucked balls, but because I know she can do better. That’s really what it boils down to, I’m disappointed. I’m really disappointed.

Conversations With Friends by Sally Rooney


Reading the synopsis of the book had me excited. I just knew I was going to love this book. It sounded like I was going to get a little bit of YA and NA combined into one brilliant masterpiece. Sadly, for me, that did not happen.

I want to start with the first and deepest reason why I never connected with this book. It’s a big one, lovers.

There are no quotation marks. It was extremely annoying reading a book when I couldn’t tell if a character is actually talking to someone or if there’s some inner dialogue going one. Half the time I didn’t know who was talking. Let me give you a quick example and you can decide for yourself.

Turtles All The Way Down by John Green


That’s all I got. I can only give this book a solid 2 STARS. Not because it was a horrible book but because it was a simple-minded book. There’s zero depth. It is one of those books that you will forget. There is nothing memorable about this story.

Turtles All The Way Down was written by John Green, the author of The Fault In Our Stars. I call bullshit. There is noway on God’s green Earth that the same mind that created TFIOS could have written this book.

All The Little Lights by Jamie McGuire


I’m going to start by saying that I am a HUGE Jamie McGuire fan. I will always be a Jamie McGuire fan. Even though All The Little Lights was wee a bit difficult to read and get into, I will still read anything she writes.

I want to start with 2 issues I have the All The Little Lights by Jamie McGuire.

  • Issue #1 – It was long AF for no damn reason.
  • Issue #2 – It was advertised as adult romance but it is not. I don’t mind that it leaned more towards the YA side, just don’t try to trick me as a reader.

I didn’t enjoy this book much. It was okay. I didn’t hate it but I damn sure didn’t love it either. By the end of this week I most likely won’t remember the details either.

I can normally read a 300 – 350 page book in a day or so but a 400 – 500 page book takes 2 days – max. It took 4 days to finish this book because I was bored.

Ghosted by Rosie Walsh


I never felt invested in their outcome. I never got to a point where I cared about either of the main characters. They were very flat and lacked a true personality. I kept waiting for my head to care but it never really came.

Honestly, if you’ve read the synopsis then you already know the first 65% of the book.

  • Girl meets boy.
  • Girl likes boy.
  • Boy likes girl.
  • Boy never calls back.

There really wasn’t much more to it than that.


Without Merit and All The Little Lights were the two I didn’t want to put on this list but I had no choice. If Colleen Hoover or Jamie McGuire write more books, I will still read them. Everyone has an off moment.

Remember to follow all things messy. . .

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Hey there! I'm Danielle! I just a girl who loves books. I love books so much that I talk about the stories like they are real. Who knows? Maybe, they are real to me. I do love the book world, it's way better than reality. . .sometimes. . .because. . .I'm also a proud mama bear, wife, and mother!

6 thoughts on “5 Books That Didn’t Live Up To The Hype

    1. It was so confusing. I couldn’t take in the story because I was too busy trying to figure out who was talking and what they were talking about. I didn’t know if it was just narration or conversation.

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