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2017: Terrible Books

While I read some amazing books this year, 5 of the 130 I read were Terrible (got 1 pity star). In order of reading them:

  1. Attachments, by Rainbow Rowell

It’s company policy that someone from IT monitors their email (the Y2K- internet panic is real, I guess). Two friends completely ignore that and continue emailing each other about life updates, etc. The ‘someone from IT’ (who works nights, plays D&D, stays with mother, no girlfriend/29 year old not over his high school sweetheart- that kind of stereotyping) reads these emails and falls in “love” with one of them.
This is so, so creepy. First of all, why would you discuss your personal life over work email (that you know someone else is reading)? Second, Big Brother much? Why would you hire someone to read people’s emails? That’s so…. Third, HOW DO YOU FALL IN LOVE WITH SOMEONE BECAUSE YOU READ THEIR MAIL??? Fourth, oh wait, the guy is actually hot, muscular, whatever dreamboy that you save at the end, because of course. Five, why would the girl reciprocate what can only be called a clearly creepy obsession?
Why on earth is this book a romance, I’ll never know. Try horror/thriller. I worry about people sometimes.

2. Geekerella, by Ashley Poston

In one sentence- There was no need for this book.
Geekerella had a lot of potential to be a good book. It’s based on a classic fairy tale we all know, right? And there are lots of flaws in the way the tale turns out too. So the plot could move in pretty much any direction, and the book could turn out good. But it didn’t. And I’m so, so upset.
To begin with, Cinderella has been done a million times before, and so there really was no need for a new version unless it brought something new to the table. And this one didn’t. It stuck to the tale so much that even a little bit of discrepancy felt off.
Second, the premise of famous rockstar/actor/etc meets girl next door has also been overdone. There literally was no need to combine the two. It seemed like two different stories that just didn’t mesh well together.
Third, the character of an ‘I have insured my abs and I’m a heartthrob but with serious self doubt issues’ just doesn’t seem plausible.
Also, how did Elle’s dad NOT write a will? It just bothered me too much. I was hoping it’ll come up, but it didn’t.
The plot was predictable, the characters unidimensional and the style of writing was really not up my alley. I’ve definitely read better written fanfiction than this.
Overall, it was an echo of an imitation that really isn’t unforgettable.

3. Who Me Poor, by Gayatri Jayaraman

Where do I even start with this one?
This book is poorly researched, and executed in the form of a defensive, emotional tirade. First of all, no amount of defensive explanations would be enough to call I-Take-Ubers-to-work/ I-can’t-cook-so-I-order-out-every-day/ I-have-a-gambling-problem excuse giving people ‘poor’. No, there is no perfect definition of poverty; no, owning a smartphone might not make you poor, but owning a luxury car does make you rich.
Yes, Trump won because some insecure white people thought electing him would get them all jobs, but also yes, they’re privileged, because if they’re homeless, they’re still better off than so many.
Can we please, please think more before we write/publish such insensitive books (The publication house is Bloomsbury, you guys. Bloomsbury. 😦 ) that not only takes away from the real struggle (yes, when you don’t even have that much disposable income to spend on an Uber everyday, when you have volition with money and expenses, it is a more real struggle), but also reads like a common propaganda of Privileged people? Here’s ten reasons why I am rich and am scared to live in a capitalistic society! No! You can’t have it both ways.
Also read more here (Because I wrote it yaay.)

4. When Dimple Met Rishi by Sandhya Menon

I had so many expectations off this book, because girl coder going to Stanford? More of that PLEASE. But Dimple is a shitty person, who thinks she’s better than others, because she’s ‘not like other girls’ and ‘doesn’t like make up’ and your usual crap. And Rishi is stupid.  Who meets someone and says I’m your future husband, without irony? This book was really doomed from the beginning. Where is coding in coding camp, buddy? Why is it full of fancy lunches and first edition copies, and dance-rehearsal on an SRK song? Why does Rishi’s brother teach them dancing? What???
And there was no plot. Let me summarize in 5 sentences: Girl and boy’s parents arrange their marriage. Girl doesn’t know and is tricked into going for coding camp. Boy knows, and is forced into going for coding camp, because parents are god. They hate each other, but are paired together (I have never been more surprised in my life. Eye roll). Boy woos girl by dancing to a song where the boy woos girl by dancing. The end.
It really felt like the obligatory POC based book to fill in the diversity quota. 🙄
There’s literally nothing that makes sense in this book. It was cringe-worthy from the beginning, and the character development was very, very shoddy. Just no.
(Or maybe I should not read YA?)

5. The Sun and Her Flowers, by Rupi Kaur

I don’t want to get on the hate on Rupi Kaur Bandwagon. This is legit not the worst book I’ve read this year. There was a LOT of potential in this, actually. I loved (well, not loved) the ones she wrote about her mother. For example, if she built upon the idea “in a dream/I saw my mother/with the love of her life/and no children/it was the happiest I’d ever seen her,” it could have gone places. But then, there were some really random phrases (not done well) like “never feel guilty for starting again” or “i will welcome/a partner/who is my equal” which is really not new, nor revolutionary (not even the turn of phrase is out of the ordinary. So no. Definitely a terrible book.





Fangirl, Rainbow Rowell.

Fangirl, Rainbow Rowell.

There was buzz all over the internet about this one. Tumblr had chosen it as the first read for its book club. As somebody who practically lives on the internet, you can’t ignore something like that. So obviously I had to read it. And I thank each one of you cray internet peeps for this.

Fangirl, by Rainbow Rowell is just another coming of age novel. But it’s different, because it’s hilarious and light hearted. And it’s about each one of us, because it’s about growing up and realizing our uniqueness. More than anything, it’s about trusting each of our abilities and trusting ourselves.

Fangirl is a story about Cather Avery (reasons why her name is Cather is explained heartbreakingly in the novel), who is, predictably enough, a fangirl. She writes Simon Snow fanfiction, (which is basically like Harry Potter in this canon) which has hundreds of thousands of hits and reviews. Her fans have accepted her headcanon- her fic Carry On, Simon, as the fanfiction, some claiming they love it more than the original books.

Fanfiction. We've all been there, haven't we?

Fanfiction. We’ve all been there, haven’t we?

She goes to college in Nebraska, as her twin, Wren, chooses. But to her shock, Wren decides for them that they wouldn’t stay in the same dorm room, in a desperate seeking of individual identity. This is a story of Cath trying to find herself- earlier a half of a pair of twins, into her own whole.

Cath is your average socially anxious teenager who has tens of thousands of online acquaintances. She is so anxious that she lives off peanut butter and protein bars for months, because she finds it anxiety-provoking to ask for directions  before her roommate intervenes and takes her to the dining room.

“In new situations, all the trickiest rules are the ones nobody bothers to explain to you. (And the ones you can’t Google.)” 

Her only ray of hope in the whole ordeal that is college, is a Fiction-Writing class she enrolled in, and Nick, her writing friend with whom she writes twice a week. The novel’s best parts are where Cath explains the process of writing, why she writes, and how she fights this fear of writing fiction, that is non-fanfiction. You can’t help but empathize with her as she battles self-esteem issues, issues of identity, and finding herself.

On Writing. Best. :)

On Writing. Best. 🙂

However, the book won’t appeal to someone who doesn’t get online fandoms, fangirling, and people who are social

If you’re wondering if you should read this-
Read it if you love writing.
Read it if you’ve been a part of a fandom before
Read it if you have read fanfiction before.
Read it if you’ve written fanfiction.
Read if you’ve spent forever on the internet.
Read it if you’ve ignored what you were supposed to do because you were on the internet.
Read it if you are socially anxious.
Read it if you are a little too scared you might have some psychological disorder because you have tried, but remain socially awkward.
Read it if you are trying to find yourself.
Read it if you’re currently doubting yourself.

When in doubt...

When in doubt…

It is an amazing feeling to be gotten, isn’t it? This book is for all of us who sometimes feel invisible because nobody gets it.

Note: Not a review, just an opinion.
Sorry for ignoring. Exams, college, assignments and all that jazz. 😛

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