Usually these are "issue books" and my extreme reaction to them this has to do with the book (a) not really being that well-written but getting lots of praise for other things, and (b) striking a particular chord with me in a very, very bad way. Off the top of my head I can think of two different YA books that warranted this reaction with me and though I don't feel entirely comfortable naming names, I do want to talk about it a bit because this issue has come to mind again recently.
The book that has, once again, brought this to the front of my mind is Daisy Whitney's debut novel, THE MOCKINGBIRDS. Which, as you know, I absolutely loved. However, upon finishing the book I knew two things:
- Most people who read this will absolutely love it.
- Some people who read it will absolutely hate it, possibly even for the same reasons that I love it.
So, readers, I have to ask: has there ever been a book that was highly-praised, that others loved and everyone recommended, but that you just did not like at all? Maybe that you even hated? Aside from the obvious fact of people just being different, why do you think we have such extreme and different reactions to the same exact book?