Top Ten Tuesday: Books I love to hate

Happy Top Ten Tuesday! This week’s theme is a freebie, and my boyfriend picked books I love to hate for my theme. (He knows me so well.)


Dearest Clementine by Lex Martin

☑️ constant slut-shaming
☑️ laughable mystery
☑️ complete misunderstanding of how conventional publishing works

Me and Earl and the Dying Girl by Jesse Andrews

☑️ incredibly racist
☑️ random biphobia in a book that doesn’t even have a bi character??
☑️ the dying girl has no function other than to die

Kiss Between My Lines by Anne Tourney

☑️ “my computer makes me horny”
☑️ is this a romance novel or Fight Club??
☑️ no concept of personal safety whatsoever but it’s cool because it’s erotica

The Boyfriend App by Katie Sise

☑️ girl makes an app to make raping boys socially acceptable
☑️ constantly uses sexuality as a plot twist
☑️ stereotypes & makes fun of people from other cultures

Opposite of Always by Justin A. Reynolds

☑️ a romantic relationship between a high school student and a college student
☑️ medical professional is hiding a secret cure for sickle cell anemia because why share it??
☑️ let’s just throw in a time loop because why not, this book is already a mess

Distrust by T.L. Smith

☑️ literal abuse portrayed as love
☑️ did you know that Brooklyn is full of warring mafias that just… gun people down in broad daylight?
☑️ the main character’s waist starts shaking because she wants the love interest so badly

Axl by Riley Rollins

☑️ everybody’s cheating on everybody
☑️ like… everybody, constantly
☑️ the whole book is just one bad decision after another

Troll by Emma Clark

☑️ let’s see… stalker breaks into her house and rapes her and it’s somehow a romance??
☑️ sex described as “repetitive gouging,” “full impalement,” and “like stray felines in the midst of battle… or kitten-making”
☑️ “Not just a troll. It’s an acronym.” (for what? we’ll never know)

All the Bright Places by Jennifer Niven

☑️ basically The Fault in Our Stars
☑️ Finch is just a cute, smooth-talking mental illness
☑️ the entirety of Violet’s character development is based on her reactions to death

The Dumont Diaries by Alessandra Torre

☑️ lots of dubious consent and one scene in particular that made me want to throw up
☑️ super controlling love interest, and not in a sexy way
☑️ yes, let’s use our heroine’s financial woes against her, that’s hot


Did you do your own Top Ten Tuesday post today? Feel free to leave your link in the comments and I’ll check it out! What are some books that you love to hate? Let’s talk in the comments!

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8 thoughts on “Top Ten Tuesday: Books I love to hate

  1. Dan Santos’ Take says:

    Just a comment on Distrust’s preposterous assertion my hometown mafias gun down people in broad daylight. Nonsense! First, there’s only ONE Mafia; and please capitalize the name or we break your face. Second, gunning down them bums in daylight is STUPID. We do it at night and bury the bodies in Prospect Park. 😉🤣🤣🤣

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  2. Belle says:

    I remember being so disappointed with All the Bright Places! The mental illness felt like it was treated as cheap plot device—especially with how it forwarded Violet’s “character development”! I didn’t and still don’t enjoy how the book is so popular 😬 (it even has that new adaptation!)

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