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Has a book ever disappionted you?
Andrea Stoeckel Andrea Mar 12, 2013 09:31AM
I just finished a book whose rwviews promised so much, but half way through I wasn't sure if we were reading the same book, and reviewed it as such.

Has a book ever disappointed you?



Andrea wrote: "I just finished a book whose rwviews promised so much, but half way through I wasn't sure if we were reading the same book, and reviewed it as such.

Has a book ever disappointed you?"


How To Love disappointed me. Meanwhile, Beautiful Ruins didn't disappoint me. There were some boring parts but it was manageable. I appreciated everything. I think it's the kind of story best told in movie not book.


People has different perspective upon reading a story, different opinions, different expectations of how the story's going to turn out or how's the plot going to unravel. I don't know about most people on this post, but i rated Beautiful Ruins five star and gave it an amazingly good review after finished reading it in two days. It was a beautiful and moving love story, in my humble opinion. But i get it why people feel disappointed.

But my personal disappointment of a book is i have to say Allegiant by Veronica Roth. It was the last installment in the Divergent series. The first two books were good and impressive to the point that i believe this could be the next something. Not like Twilight (no pun intended). But upon halfway reading it, i fell asleep in the middle of the chapter because i was bored. But i guess it's just me, hehehe.


So sorry for my bad grammar, i come from Indonesia <3


Books can be disappointing if you go in with a lot expectations. From Beautiful Ruins, I started off being disappointed because of the great reviews that I read but then I backtracked and tried to figure out why this book would be so appreciated. The conclusion: the purpose seemed to be taking the reader away to another time or place without using too much thought. The story line was a little weak or predictable and the writing was sub par...but I don't think the author set out to make the reader think. After I accepted the novel as just a fun summer read ...not literary masterpiece or thought provoking novel, it wasn't so bad. So, moral of the story, not every book serves the same purpose and if you accept a book for what it is and not the type of book you expect then you will see the silver lining and not be so disappointed.

Side note: shadow of the wind is my favorite book because I do think the writing is superb and the translation of beautiful. This is a ridiculously complicated book...nothing like BR. The same person probably wouldn't appreciate both books at the same level.

What makes a book disappointing?


J.S. (last edited Sep 24, 2013 07:10AM ) Sep 24, 2013 07:02AM   0 votes
I agree about Beautiful Ruins, as well as The Shadow of the Wind. They weren't horrible, I was just disappointed.

Beautiful Ruins, for me, fell apart about 2/3 of the way in. The Shadow of the Wind seemed to be about one thing, at the beginning, but kept changing throughout the book. I haven't finished it yet. I'm at the point where Jacinta is telling her story. I feel there is too much detail given to the interconnecting stories...or something.

I know many people who love both, though, and I can certainly understand.


I loved Beautiful Ruins. I have been disappointed by many books, but I think that we expect something and get something else entirely. What I love to read may not be what you love to read and vice versa. I know of books that friends and family have raved about and I just didn't like them. Personal taste has a lot to do with it.


I thought this book was a literary wonder ;however, personally I found it a bit dry at some points. I read it as a beach read and found it to be a bit of a heavy novel. It was interesting in some chapters and other chapters were just average. The writing was not fluid therefor I often got lost in the stories of each character. I did like the development of Pascale and the description of Porto Vergogna. I also liked how human and flawed the characters were. This book was very hyped up though and so I do not think I could say that it matched the reviews.


This book disappointed me. After all the rave reviews I expected something much more fluid and beautiful writing. This was neither.


I'm disappointed by books all the time especially those that are over hyped in my opinion. In this case, I loved Beautiful Ruins but Moby Dick, Magic Mountain, Silent Spring (I could go on) are all books I couldn't finish.


Citizen Vince was much better but I totally enjoyed this book because I never thought it would be literature. Plus I really enjoyed The Kid Stays in the Picture about Robert Evans and it seems that a lot of the producer character was based on that book. So that was a lot of fun.


Thought this was an OK book, liked some of the ending but not all. Really, stay with the guy who still cheats on you?! I do want to vacation in that little town though!


Beautiful Ruins disappointed me. The first chapter was great and then it went downhill. I also hated The Shadow of The Wind. The Book Thief was a huge disappointment too.

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Roseanne Cheng The Book Thief was one of my biggest literary disappointments.
Oct 10, 2013 05:03AM · flag

I just finished this last night and I really loved it. I thought it was a very slow starter, though. I've been disappointed by more books than I can count, probably. It's never fun and makes you feel like time you can't get back....sigh....

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Kirsten Mortensen I've read Financial Lives of Poets and Zero.

They're very different from BR, but I liked them both very much.

Citizen Vince is on my to read shelf, an
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Mar 20, 2013 12:23PM · flag

What disappointed you about it?


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