I imagine this has happened to most of us at some point or another: you hear about a book that has received rave reviews from everyone you know. You pick up the book, eager to devour this instant classic. But by the end...you discover that not only did you not love the book, you actively disliked it. This isn't a case of a book not living up to the hype; rather, you're pretty sure all of the other readers are insane!
I've had this happen to me a couple of times, sometimes with books where I can see the appeal but the book just really wasn't for me (such as Terry Pratchett's Nation), and sometimes I begin to question people's taste in books - mine or other people's!
For me, it's a rather unnerving experience to come across reviews of books that I actively disliked, especially when the dislike stems from something more serious than disliking a writing style. For example, there's been a lot of love for Perfect Chemistry, which I absolutely can't understand because Alex creeped me out a la Edward Cullen - he sexually harasses Brittany, psychologically abuses her, and then there's the bet to sleep with her. How is this an endearing character, let alone an awesome romance?!
Seeing so many other people rave about a book can also make me question my own judgement - was I too harsh? Did I misread something? Am I actually getting too old for YA books? I want to chime in on super-positive reviews with my own thoughts, but I also don't want to be seen as crashing someone else's party with my downer thoughts!
I doubt I'm the only one who's been in this conundrum - like I said earlier, I'm sure we've all disagreed with other reviewers, and I doubt I'm the only one who doesn't like to seem negative in other people's space! So I want to open the comments here to anyone and everyone: what book does everyone else love that you just don't get? Are you able to just walk away from positive reviews of books you find atrocious? Has someone's positive review convinced you to give a book a second chance? And did that second chance change your opinion or reinforce it? Oh, and I've got thick skin people and love a good debate - let me know if you think I've been way out of touch on a book! Let loose people!