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The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins
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did not like it
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this. book. suuuuuuuucks.

i can't believe it was an international sensation. i can't believe it was adapted into a movie starring actual queen emily blunt. i can't believe it SOLD A SINGLE COPY. (i didn't buy this one. my mom did. so there.)

this is just...a straight up bad book on every level. the characters are so insanely unlikable it's cartoonish. it'd be funny if it didn't make EVERY SECOND OF THIS BOOK, EVERY PAGE, EVERY WORD, A FRESH HELL TO FIGHT THROUGH IN ORDER TO GET TO THE NEXT ONE, WHICH IS, GUESS WHAT, ALSO HELL.

this would be maybe O.K. or at least survivable if this book was scary or thrilling or spooky or intriguing at all, but guess what, IT ISN'T. just some lady getting blasted on vodka and riding a train. looking out some windows. sometimes sneaking a peek at a house.

the entertainment potential is almost overwhelming.

honestly all i really want from a thriller = some thrills. that really does not seem like too much to ask for, considering IT'S THE F*CKING NAME OF THE WHOLE ENTIRE GENRE. and the reveal of this makes it even worse.

bottom line: straight up one of the worst books i've ever read. are there people who like this book? if so, HOW????

(this is part of a project i'm doing where i write mini-reviews of books i read a long time ago. this parenthetical insert is a constant snoozefest)
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Reading Progress

April 4, 2015 – Shelved
July 5, 2015 – Started Reading
July 5, 2015 –
page 44
13.62% "oh i don't like this. it's just depressing at the moment "
July 5, 2015 –
page 141
43.65% "i hate all these characters so much. reading from rachel's perspective makes me legitimately sick to my stomach. i don't know if i've ever been so disgusted with a character. if this book doesn't make a U-turn soon i'm going to have to DNF."
July 6, 2015 –
page 147
45.51% "oh my god, i've never hated a character like this. i've never hated a character to the point where it is physically difficult for me to read a book."
July 6, 2015 –
page 216
66.87% "OH MY GOD rachel! why are you the worst?! obviously everyone around you sucks too but COME ON grow up"
July 6, 2015 – Finished Reading

Comments Showing 1-50 of 86 (86 new)


Rosemarie I agree with you. I can't see what all the fuss was about either. Fortunately, I read a library copy.


Anish Kohli Just how I felt! :P
Hated it! To think of it, it was a GR choice award winner too :P


message 4: by emma (new) - rated it 1 star

emma Rosemarie wrote: "I agree with you. I can't see what all the fuss was about either. Fortunately, I read a library copy."

i wish i had too!!!!


message 5: by emma (new) - rated it 1 star

emma Hannah ◇Reader in the Rough◇ wrote: "SOMEBODY GETS ME"

THANK GOD


message 6: by emma (new) - rated it 1 star

emma Anish wrote: "Just how I felt! :P
Hated it! To think of it, it was a GR choice award winner too :P"


UNBELIEVABLE!!!!!


Anish Kohli emma wrote: "Anish wrote: "Just how I felt! :P
Hated it! To think of it, it was a GR choice award winner too :P"

UNBELIEVABLE!!!!!"


I am glad someone feels me! :D


Swaye I couldn't agree more! 👏👏👏


Nicole Hibbard Omg yes!!!!!!! I hated the characters and could not get into it at all.


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Elise (TheBookishActress) emmaaaaaa I’m making you a suspense rec list

1) Allegedly - this book is fucking terrifying like I don’t even,, categorize this it’s all realistic fic but it scared the crap out of me

2) Female of the Species - a Fucking Masterpiece!! also real fic but it rocked

3) And the Trees Crept In - just,, a straight up thriller

4) Murder on the Orient Express

5) Big Little Lies - more slowburn but also kind of the most emotionally cathartic thing I’ve ever read

6) Jane Unlimited by Kristin Cashire,, listen this book scared me so much at points it’s weird and speculative fictiony

7) Slasher Girls and Monster Boys - my all-time fav short story collection maybe

8) the book I’m reading right now (Sacred Lies Of Minnow Bly) it’s so fucking good I’m going to binge it


Nenia ⭐ Literary Garbage Can ⭐ Campbell Completely agree. It felt like an unsuccessful Gone Girl knockoff.


message 12: by Megan (new) - rated it 1 star

Megan Ugh, there is so much I honestly couldn't stand about this book, I seriously do not know what all the hype is about. I think people read the wrong book XD


message 13: by Caity (new) - rated it 1 star

Caity Could not agree more. It was terrible!


clara lowkey love you now because EVERYONE seems to love this shit excuse of a thriller and i’m like how?? the only characters i hate more than the ones in this book are john green ones lmao


Matthew This review is on point! Great stuff!


Naima ✩ Is it weird that reading your reviews makes me change my opinion??? 👀😂😂😂 I see everything in a new light


Vanessa I have to agree I don't understand why it became this huge but I don't think it was a bad read.


Carol (Bookaria) Hope the next one is better!


message 19: by April (new)

April Skipped the book, saw the movie and though, Nah....


message 20: by emma (new) - rated it 1 star

emma Swaye wrote: "I couldn't agree more! 👏👏👏"

IT'S SO BAD


message 21: by emma (new) - rated it 1 star

emma Nicole wrote: "Omg yes!!!!!!! I hated the characters and could not get into it at all."

RELATABLE


message 22: by emma (new) - rated it 1 star

emma Elise wrote: "emmaaaaaa I’m making you a suspense rec list

1) Allegedly - this book is fucking terrifying like I don’t even,, categorize this it’s all realistic fic but it scared the crap out of me

2) Female o..."


i love you so??? much??? for this??? you're amazing what a dear


message 23: by emma (new) - rated it 1 star

emma Nenia *The Flagrant Liberal* wrote: "Completely agree. It felt like an unsuccessful Gone Girl knockoff."

YES


message 24: by emma (new) - rated it 1 star

emma Megan wrote: "Ugh, there is so much I honestly couldn't stand about this book, I seriously do not know what all the hype is about. I think people read the wrong book XD"

that is the only possible explanation


message 25: by emma (new) - rated it 1 star

emma Caitlin wrote: "Could not agree more. It was terrible!"

right????


message 26: by emma (new) - rated it 1 star

emma Clara wrote: "lowkey love you now because EVERYONE seems to love this shit excuse of a thriller and i’m like how?? the only characters i hate more than the ones in this book are john green ones lmao"

ok i do not lowkey love u, i highkey love u. SAME TO JOHN GREEN


message 27: by emma (new) - rated it 1 star

emma Matthew wrote: "This review is on point! Great stuff!"

THANK YOU means so much


message 28: by emma (new) - rated it 1 star

emma Naima wrote: "Is it weird that reading your reviews makes me change my opinion??? 👀😂😂😂 I see everything in a new light"

this makes my ego BALLOON i love it


message 29: by emma (new) - rated it 1 star

emma April wrote: "Skipped the book, saw the movie and though, Nah...."

the movie i will pass on forever


message 30: by Charlie (new)

Charlie Well, my mom loved it😂maybe it's a mom thing


may ❀ this book was so bad everytime i think about it i fall asleep


message 32: by Sana (new) - rated it 1 star

Sana omg I hated this, so boring and not thrilling?? 😂


Andrew I’d like to explain where 2 of the stars come from, according to the perspective of a person who lives in the western United States, we don’t have trains...the few trains do that do exist, you can’t drink. Western Americans were so shocked by drinking on trains that we Day dreamed through most of the plot, mildly paying attention as she did shit and was a shitty person. It should be called drinking on a train...we would have give 3 extra stars


John of Canada Funniest review I've read in ages.This is on my Tbr shelf,but instead of wasting my time reading it,I will give it to someone I don't like.
Thanks Emma!


message 35: by [deleted user] (new)

Haha great review Emma! I, ahem, have this sat on my shelf at home ready to read....should i??😂


message 36: by emma (new) - rated it 1 star

emma Charlie wrote: "Well, my mom loved it😂maybe it's a mom thing"

lol it really might be


message 37: by emma (new) - rated it 1 star

emma maybelline™ wrote: "this book was so bad everytime i think about it i fall asleep"

rélâtablè


message 38: by emma (new) - rated it 1 star

emma sana wrote: "omg I hated this, so boring and not thrilling?? 😂"

SO TRUE WORST EVER


message 39: by emma (new) - rated it 1 star

emma Andrew wrote: "I’d like to explain where 2 of the stars come from, according to the perspective of a person who lives in the western United States, we don’t have trains...the few trains do that do exist, you can’..."

hahahaaaa best reasoning i've read yet


message 40: by emma (new) - rated it 1 star

emma John of Canada wrote: "Funniest review I've read in ages.This is on my Tbr shelf,but instead of wasting my time reading it,I will give it to someone I don't like.
Thanks Emma!"


good call john! it's a fantastic prank gift


message 41: by emma (new) - rated it 1 star

emma Craig wrote: "Haha great review Emma! I, ahem, have this sat on my shelf at home ready to read....should i??😂"

if you're asking "should i toss it out the window?" the answer is yes


message 42: by [deleted user] (new)

emma wrote: "Craig wrote: "Haha great review Emma! I, ahem, have this sat on my shelf at home ready to read....should i??😂"

if you're asking "should i toss it out the window?" the answer is yes"


Ahahaha....nooo, should i "endure" it, ahem, read it, just for the giggles??😂


Rosemarie Actually, I am a mom of a daughter in her 30s and we both didn't like it. As some one said, none of the characters were likeable.


message 44: by emma (new) - rated it 1 star

emma Rosemarie wrote: "Actually, I am a mom of a daughter in her 30s and we both didn't like it. As some one said, none of the characters were likeable."

agreed!!


message 45: by emma (new) - rated it 1 star

emma Craig wrote: "emma wrote: "Craig wrote: "Haha great review Emma! I, ahem, have this sat on my shelf at home ready to read....should i??😂"

if you're asking "should i toss it out the window?" the answer is yes"

..."

there will be no giggles if you read this book, only suffering


Matthew emma wrote: "there will be no giggles if you read this book, only suffering "

BRAVO!




message 47: by Janille (new)

Janille N G Your reviews are seriously the best -- I enjoy every one! :)


message 48: by [deleted user] (new)

Haha you actually have me intrigued now....hmm😉


message 49: by Carrie (new)

Carrie LOL nice


message 50: by [deleted user] (new)

omg i'm obsessed with you and your reviews and this one is just as amazing and hilarious 😂


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