I am possibly one of the most cynical people I know. I don’t even know the reason why, but it seems throughout my life I have very little tolerance when it comes to romance. I am the only person I know who didn’t cry at the end of The Notebook. Maybe something happened somewhere in my life that turned me off the idea of a happy ever after. Or I was just born with a heart of impenetrable stone.
So, it does add up that there are a couple of books that have made everyone squeal that I felt maybe a little different about. Most of them are, as you could have guessed, romance novels. I do enjoy romance novels on a whole, but some had really just rubbed me the wrong way. But, do remember, everyone reads the same book differently. If your all time favourite features here, please don’t be disappointed. There is every chance I utterly adore a book you didn’t warm to.
Freshers by Tom Ellen & Lucy Ivison
My main issue with this book wasn’t just the relationship between Phoebe and Luke, but also between Luke and his ex Abbey. Abbey cited Luke as the main reason she was dropping out of college, which I felt was a really ridiculous idea. In fact, my favourite relationship in this book was the platonic one between Phoebe and her friends.
180 Seconds by Jessica Park
Instalove is one of my least favourite book scenarios, and I felt like this book was swimming in it. Well, the bit that I read was – I DNF’d quite soon into the book.
The Sun is Also a Star by Nicola Yoon
I subtitle this book “Don’t Get Me Started”. I read this book as part of a book club in Dublin and while they really enjoyed it, I wasn’t as keen. What really turned me against this book was that karaoke scene (you know, as well as all the instalove.)
Unconventional by Maggie Harcourt
Some of my friends recommended this to me, and it was a book they seriously enjoyed. They’d read it before going to YALC, so I believe that may have added to the love affair. For me, it fell a little bit flat. I didn’t like Lexi and Aidan pretty much believing they couldn’t go on without the other despite having met maybe twice before.
Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins
I really enjoyed this book, but I felt like there were some parts that didn’t make sense. I couldn’t understand why Anna was so against school in Paris – what sane 17 would turn down a year living in one of the world’s most beautiful cities? Also, speaking very much from experience, it’s very tough to live in a foreign country and not speak the language. Anna wouldn’t have survived without learning French.