One of the worst feelings as a book lover is when you have such high hopes for a book, and it ends up being disappointing. This series documents the books that have disappointed me; it can either act as a warning or even pique your interest in a new read.
The One Memory of Flora Banks by Emily Barr | How To Do Female by Jo Brand | How To Stuff Up Christmas by Rosie Blake
I’ve had The One Memory of Flora Banks by Emily Barr on my Kindle for what seems like forever, thanks to Netgalley and it’s “Read Now for X amount of readers” emails. I must try to resist them more. In order to make myself finally read it, I borrowed a copy from the library. The One Memory of Flora Banks tells the story of Flora, a teenage girl with a form of amnesia following an accident as a child. She can only remember her life before the accident; anything new is forgotten. At a party, she kisses a boy, and she is surprised that she can remember it the next day. When he leaves town to study in a remote state in Alaska, she follows him there (yes, really), determined to be with the boy that she remembers. Will he make her remember other things, too? I have read plenty of reviews of The One Memory of Flora Banks over the years, and seeing as the reviews are so divisive, I went into it with low expectations. I am not sure what I was expecting, but oh boy I did not like this. One thing I realised from reading this book is that I need to be more ruthless and DNF books I do not enjoy, as I didn’t enjoy this one at all. I found it incredibly boring and repetitive, and I didn’t like any of the characters, including Flora. If anything, reading this book just made me want to listen to the music of a certain Canadian rapper. If you’ve read this book you’ll know what I mean. *wink* This book had the potential to do something different, with the amnesia aspect of the plot, but the final “twists” fell flat for me and overall I would not recommend this book.
I was excited to spot How To Do Female by Jo Brand in Waterstones, as I like Jo Brand and her style of comedy, particularly on panel shows like Have I Got News for You. To save some pennies, I reserved a copy at my local library and waited patiently for it to come in. I had high hopes for this book, but How To Do Female was a bit of a mess. There were parts aimed at those of school age, and then there were parts aimed at young adults. I didn’t understand who the book was aimed at, and even after finishing the book I still don’t know what the purpose of it was. Jo didn’t offer anything particularly groundbreaking and it was mostly her opinion on things, mixed with some of her personal experiences on the topic at hand. I think Jo should have written some sort of biography, rather than this, as the advice part was rather lacking. My colleague asked if it was worth reading, as she was also a fan of Jo Brand, but I said no, to her surprise.
One of my last reads of 2018 was How To Stuff Up Christmas by Rosie Blake. I really enjoyed The Hygge Holiday when I read it in 2017 and couldn’t wait to curl up with another book from Rosie. However, I found How To Stuff Up Christmas to be disappointing. When Eve finds explicit pictures of another woman on her fiance’s phone, she’s heartbroken. Determined to get away from it all, she rents a houseboat in the countryside and enrols onto a pottery course. She doesn’t expect to catch the eye of the local hunky vet, but can Eve open up her heart once more? Despite it having Christmas in the title, there was a distinct lack of festiveness. I wanted a book that was going to make me feel festive AF, but this book was not it. To be honest, the story wasn’t anything special. I didn’t like Eve as a character, and I didn’t care about the love interest either. A lot of my fellow bloggers loved this book, so I am not sure if it is just me. Although saying that, by complete coincidence, my colleague read the book at the same time and she didn’t like it either. If I was to recommend one of Rosie’s books, it would be The Hygge Holiday. Read that instead.
What was the last book that ever disappointed you?