When A Book Makes You Really, REALLY MAD

Let me start by saying I did like Love Story. So you really can’t hold this against me.

I hated this book. HATED it. And I very rarely hate a book. Sure, some books fail to live up to my expectations, some are just disappointing after being hyped up and receiving rave reviews, and some just aren’t my kind of books. With Oliver’s Story, the problem was this : it was plain terrible.

I’m reviewing this book a week after reading it in the hope that some of the anger would have subsided. I can’t say that it’s worked, but at least I’m not employing every swear word I know.

The Negatives:

  • Oh, where to start? If there was a list of things so cheesy you could make ten cheese burgers with it, this book would make it on that list. At the very top. Actually, make that thirty burgers.
  • Take Oliver himself. He’s whiny, annoying, and he stalks the first female he decides to let in after Jenny died. Because he thinks she’s keeping secrets from him. The hell? They’ve gone out ONCE. And he thinks he’s entitled to know everything about her? Please.
  • Listen to this:

“For some unfathomable reason, Oliver, I like you. But you are impossibly impulsive

“You’re not too possible yourself,” I answered.

I’m sorry, what? What does that even mean?! “You’re not too possible yourself”?! Erich Segal, have you completely lost it?!

  • I can’t handle so many stuck-up snobs. I just can’t. I don’t care if that’s how all corporate heiresses and people born into truckloads of money act (and somehow I doubt they’re thaaaat pretentious), but all the conversations about money in this book made me nauseous.
  • There’s this bit towards the end of the book where they visit Tokyo. And I swear, it feels like he’s looked up the place and Ctrl+C, Ctrl+V-ed everything he could find. Or he actually visited Tokyo and somebody gave him a dreadful brochure. Which he copied out of. Either way, there was copying. Violation of the first rule of calling yourself a writer, I think?
  • I liked Jenny. I did. If this was actually a book about him coping with Jenny’s death, it might have been better. I’ve never cared about Oliver much, and I doubt I’d ever be able to read Love Story again because of this.

The Positives

  • None. Oh, wait. At least I’m one book closer to my year’s goal. I suppose that counts.

Final verdict: I can’t stress how bad this book is. Do yourself a favour and stay away.

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14 responses to “When A Book Makes You Really, REALLY MAD”

  1. lynnsbooks says :

    Ha ha, look don’t be bashful about your feelings now – if you don’t like it just tell us! Strangely enough I actually wouldn’t mind reading this just to see how bad it is! But, who has the time.
    Lynn :D

    • Tanya says :

      I went a little overboard, didn’t I? :P
      Please, Lynn. Don’t. There are so many great books out there, don’t waste your time on this one.

  2. The Other Watson says :

    His retort would have been better with another p word thrown in against possible, like…possibly palpable, for example. :P
    This book sounds appalling. Definitely don’t think I’ll bother :P

  3. Literary Tiger says :

    I think this book was worth it just so I could read your funny review. I chuckled throughout your entire post.

    “You’re not too possible yourself.” Eh?? You’re right, what does that even MEAN??

    • Tanya says :

      I’ll add that to the positive list then, shall I? :P

      I honestly wish I knew. With Love Story, even though I didn’t agree with the whole “love means never having to say you’re sorry” (a little unrealistic, yes?), I still loved the book. This one was unbearable. Every third page is littered with some rubbish quote that makes no sense at all! I had a hard time believing the same guy wrote it.

      • Literary Tiger says :

        It’s odd isn’t it, when one author’s book is so markedly different from another one? I wonder what happened there. Perhaps he just wanted to fulfill that book contract deal and didn’t have time to fashion his book into something more worthwhile.

        And yes, reading more book reviews from you is a positive! :)

        • Tanya says :

          That could be why. Possibly. But if you write well, even if you were in a hurry, wouldn’t you at least try to make it half-decent?
          Oh, and when I was trying to look for that quote on Goodreads, guess what I discovered? Nobody, not a single person, has added quotes from this book onto their database. Ha!

          Aw, gee. That made my day. :)

  4. Paige S. says :

    I hope you hate a lot more books because this was fun to read. Also, I would highly recommend that you stay away from Twilight.

    • Tanya says :

      Haha, thanks. But this one’s got me paranoid. I’m very undecided about what to read next because now, I don’t trust authors that I’ve liked before. Oh, woe.

      Unfortunately, I’m very sad to say that I have read Twilight. I’m making it a point to stay away from the movies, though. And from what I’ve heard, I’m not missing much. :)

  5. Carl V. says :

    Its been awhile since I hated a book, but I had to nod my head as I read this simply because I know where you are coming from. Of course the last book I hated was a very popular one, Tana French’s Into the Woods. I could have (and did aloud to my wife and my friend Jeff) railed about this for hours and hours. So I can feel your pain.

  6. geekybooksnob says :

    I love it when I know there are other readers out there who get just as mad as I do at books. Awesome.

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