10 Books that Disappointed me in 2017

I’ve read a lot of books this year, some of them really hyped by the bookish community and others not so much. A lot of the hyped books I really enjoyed but others really disappointed me and didn’t live up to the hype. So in this post, I’m going to give you my top 10 books that disappointed me in 2017!

Just a note, none of these books are bad (well… except one), they were usually not how I expected them to be or I couldn’t connect to the story. I rated most of them 3 stars, which is mediocre, but not bad. So if you love these books, there’s absolutely nothing wrong with that! I’m happy you do!

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#10 Dumplin’ by Julie Murphey

Dumplin’ was very… forgettable. I didn’t really like the main character and the love interest was very annoying. It was very ‘meh’, the characters weren’t interesting to me and it wasn’t funny at all (which the blurb said it was).

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#9 Caraval by Stephanie Garber

This was by far one of the most hyped books of this year, and it wasn’t as good as every single person I heard talking about was. I thought it was fun, but the writing was too… overdone and the characters were just okay.

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#8 Weave A Circle Round by Kari Maaren

This book was just a crazy ride, it was very confusing and nothing made sense to me. I expected this book to be so cool because the cover is gorgeous but ha, nope. (review)

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#7 The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas

I’m sorry, okay, I wasn’t a big fan?? Everyone and their mother has been screaming about this book but I just thought it was all right. Not very special. Yes, the story important, but that’s the only thing? I didn’t like the characters much, the writing was just okay and overall it didn’t impress me that much. I’M SORRY.

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#6 T is For Tree by Greg Fowler

This is the only bad apple on this list and the only one I will say about: don’t even touch this book. It’s so incredibly problematic and I want it to be thrown in the trash. (review)

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#5 Long Way Down by Jason Reynolds

Long Way Down has gotten so much praise but it didn’t make me feel anything?? It just fell a little flat for me. Maybe the poetry just wasn’t my thing or the topic didn’t interest me enough, I don’t know. (review)

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#4 Love Letters to the Dead by Ava Dellaira

This one just wasn’t what I thought it would be. I expected this book to be cute and fluffy but instead, it was very emotional and covered difficult topics. Plus, I didn’t really like the characters. It wasn’t that this book was bad, not at all, it just completely threw me off because it wasn’t what I expected it to be.

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#3 Truth or Dare by Non Pratt

I had such high expectations for this book. And I did really like it, but only the first part. If the second half was cut out of the book, I’d have enjoyed it so much more! I didn’t like Sef at all and don’t get me started on that plot twist thing at the end of the first half.

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#2 Solitaire by Alice Oseman

It’s no secret that I absolutely love Radio Silence by Alice Oseman. But this book… I just really didn’t like it. I hated how negative the main character was about everything and even some of the remarks she made were just not okay. I liked the rest of the story (though the subtitle lied to me) but the reveal was very predictable.

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#1 The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern

I think I would have really loved this book if one of the main characters wasn’t so problematic and morally skewed. The main romance in this story was so… wrong. There’s cheating involved, and one of the characters is basically using another, and the overly dramatic insta-love-y-ness made me want to throw this book around. The writing style was great though.

(Un)honorable mentions: The Bone Season by Samantha Shannon – Pigeon English by Stephen Kelman – Here I Am by Jonathan Safran Foer – The Day the Angels Fell by Shawn Smucker (I didn’t finish any of these books so that’s why I didn’t include them in this list).

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Have you read any of these? Do you agree/disagree? What is your most disappointing read of 2017? Any of these on your tbr?

56 thoughts on “10 Books that Disappointed me in 2017

  1. 7,9,10 are the ones I have read. I loved them except caraval was okay. I listened to it, I don’t think I would have gotten through it if I had read it.

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  2. Wow, this post has some unpopular opinions! I definitely agree on Weave a Circle and Caravel, they were just not what I’d thought they would be and not in a pleasant surprise kinda way. Haven’t read Long Way Down yet but I hope it’s worth the hype because I’ve been seeing it in all yearly wrap-ups and all. Loved this post! ❤ ❤

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  3. I have to agree with you on Caraval, this book was SO hyped, maybe a little too much, which made me… feel a bit “meh” about it overall. I expected to be blown away and it ended up being an okay read, but nothing extraordinary :/
    Great post! 😀

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  4. I’ve read and loved The Hate U Give but I can totally understand that everyone has his/her own taste! I did not like The Fate of the Tearling at all! It was a huge disappointment.

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    1. Aw :/ I haven’t read The Fate of the Tearling but I don’t think it’s my kind of book. I’ve heard only good things about it though!

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  5. I was really surprised to see The Hate U Give on this list, but I haven’t read it yet, so I can’t judge. Sometimes books just don’t hit us. I felt that way with a few I read this year, even though they had great reviews from others. I also completely agree with The Night Circus. I really wanted to like that book, but it just wasn’t for me.

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  6. I think I listened to the first few chapters of Caraval on audiobook and then DNFed it because I wasn’t feeling the story or the characters. Usually, when I do that with audiobooks I go onto picking up the physical or e-book versions but I don’t fancy that with Caraval. Out of all the hyped books of the year, one of them that disappointed me the most is Flame in the Mist as it was painfully slow and I wasn’t feeling any of the characters.

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  7. Caraval, aswell as a few others, didn’t interrested me at all as it’s not my type of books. However, I did read the night circus a bit and I didn’t reached the middle of it that I had to put it down .. nothing just made sense anymore and there was too many different POV’s and I was completely lost in the story .. I will attempt to read it again to see the end but, not looking very great for me so far

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  8. Whoa…this post has a lot of unpopular opinions!! I was most surprised about THUG, like you said everyone and their mother liked it!! But I can’t say anything, I hate the Harry Potter books and everyone absolutely loves them!
    Great post, and merry Christmas❤❤

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  9. To be honest, as a black person I’m worried about being disappointed by THUG which is why I haven’t read it.
    In a few of my creative writing classes, my fellow black peers always wrote short stories about a teen growing up in the hood but going to an elite prep school or getting into Harvard, so I felt like the premise wasn’t original…. I feel terrible for saying that!
    But I’m really curious about Starr and she seems awesome but I’m kind of tired of the hype that non-POC make THUG out to be. If non-POC ever actually had a conversation with people from different walks of life the book wouldn’t blow them away so easily. I also feel like many non-POC were worried about getting backlash if they had valid criticism of the book, so I couldn’t take the ratings seriously. Especially when they would rate it 4 stars but then write about everything they didn’t like.

    I’m sure the author gave the story a more refreshing take but I’ve honestly already read so many versions of the black rags to riches story that I’ve been a bit skeptical… I’m glad people are reading it and that it brings awareness. I’m actually worried people will think this speaks to the entire Black American experience. For example, I’m not against dating white people. I wasn’t raised in the hood. I don’t have anything against cops in general and I’m worried THUG is a cop hate book, which is embarrassing if it is. I feel like non-POC will walk around wondering, “Do all black people hate cops this way?” I DO care about the black lives matter movement but I’ve been very self-conscious that it would paint BLM in a negative light. That’s my honest opinion….

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    1. Hello, I think my comment is dumb and I don’t want to hurt anyone. If you could delete my comment, please? I feel like I’m judging the book before reading it. Thank you!

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      1. No, it’s not dumb at all! Never apologize for speaking your mind, I don’t think it’s hurting anyone at all. But if you really want me to remove it, I will, just let me know 🙂

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    2. I can’t say whether you’d like it or not, but I do think it’s a bit different from the stories you describe to be. The main character is in a relationship with a white boy, and it’s not about hating cops or about a rags-to-riches in my opinion. I think you should try to read the book and see for yourself, the worst that can happen is that you don’t like it and you put it down after like 20 pages and never pick it up again. I don’t think at all it paints a negative picture of the Black Lives Matters movement 🙂

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  10. Oh, I’m so sorry you didn’t like THUG as much!! I thought it’d be a 5-star to me, and it ended up being a 4.5-star (rounded down to 4 star) because I just didn’t feel that SPARK. Tho the message is incredibly important!!

    My top disappointments have to be… An Enchantment of Ravens (hyped, pretty cover, first ARC???) and Renegades!! Oh and now I’m DEFINITELY not reading T is for Tree. D:

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    1. I didn’t feel the spark either :/
      I haven’t read either An Enchantment of Ravens or Renegades. But Renegades has been on my radar, though I’m not sure I’ll like it. I’ve heard so many ‘meh’ things about it…

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  11. Haven’t read Truth or Dare but it’s on my tbr so don’t know what to think yet. I’m sorry you didn’t like Caraval, I did but maybe because I only saw about half of the marketing for the book and never saw it as a YA book! Agree on THUG tho to me it just wasn’t as good as everyone made out and while I think it’s an important book to read, I can’t help but think there were some stereotyping towards both white and black characters. This is a great post, never thought about talking about the books which disappointed 🙂

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  12. I remember loving The Night Circus when I read it years ago – not sure how I’d feel now but I’ll stick with loving it. lol. A post like this reminds me of why I don’t read a lot of YA now … a lot of it started to disappoint me so I’ve become so picky and now try to read more adult literary fiction, classics, non-fiction, etc. and I’m much happier.

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    1. Haha I can see why YA would start to disappoint. I still love so many YA books though, and if of the 120-something books I’ve read, there were only so many I didn’t like, I think it’s still worth it!

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  13. I’m SO sad that THUG was a disappointment for you. I mean, for me a bit as well. I thought it would be PERfectION but I gave it 4 stars! I feel like some of the character and storylines I couldn’t care about it but I LOVED THE DAD AND STARR and their jokes and family and the messages and #blacklivesmatter were done AMAZINGLY! I’m going to read The Night Circus next year and I LOVE THE COVER but now have NO idea If I’m going to like it. Andd ahhh Caraval is a book I am tremendously excited for and I have heard REALLY good things but also really bad things. So who shall know. XD

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    1. Oh yes! There were definitely parts of the book I loved but overall, it just wasn’t as good as everyone had told me it was!
      I hope you do love The Night Circus and Caraval! Maybe it just wasn’t for me haha

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  14. I wrote a similar post about books that disappointed me. I loved The Hate U Give, sorry you didn’t! I also loved Pigeon English. One of my disappointments this year was When Dimple Met Rishi, another book tons of people loved. I like posts like this because we all read differently, and sometimes books get so hyped they just don’t meet expectations.

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    1. I didn’t like Pigeon English because of the use of language, I think. I don’t really remember. I did like When Dimple Met Rishi but not as much as some people did, but my expectations weren’t very high so it didn’t disappoint me.

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  15. The Night Circus was definitely very disappointing to me. I agree that the writing was beautiful, but I just didn’t find the story compelling and kept getting confused. I didn’t hate it, but I just didn’t find much to love about it. My biggest disappointment for the year was probably The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo. I couldn’t stand any part of it and only finished it because everyone seems to love it. I guess it just wasn’t for me!

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    1. I had expected a bit more twists at the ending, it just fell a bit flat for me. I haven’t read The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo but I don’t think it’s for me either!

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  16. I was a little let down by THUG too… I guess. I mean, I get moved, I know the message, I felt it, I discovered few details that I didn’t know, but I wasn’t incredibly impressed. I think that a bit was the style and some parts of the books that I felt really far away from the whole plot. But that weren’t so many, so at the same time I really liked it.

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  17. I didn’t hate Caraval but it was overhyped definitely. Just a 3 star read for me but I still want to read the next one. I haven’t read THUG but I have it on my shelf. Just haven’t picked it up yet. Now I’m afraid the hype is going to kill me. My biggest disappointment of 2017 was The Wrath and the Dawn. I expected to like it but I did not.

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    1. I didn’t hate it either and I said in my review I wanted to read the sequel but right now I don’t really care about the sequel anymore. But maybe, I’ll read it? I don’t know, everyone seems to love THUG so maybe I’m just the odd one out! I did actually love The Wrath and the Dawn! Sorry you didn’t 😦

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