That Feeling When One of Your Favorite Authors…Disappoints You?

That Feeling When One of Your Favorite Authors…Disappoints You?The Rest of Us Just Live Here
by Patrick Ness
Published by Walker Books
on August 27, 2015
Genres: Young Adult
Pages: 352
Format: eARC
Source: Edelweiss
Goodreads
three-half-stars
What if you aren’t the Chosen One?

The one who’s supposed to fight the zombies, or the soul-eating ghosts, or whatever the heck this new thing is, with the blue lights and the death?

What if you’re like Mikey? Who just wants to graduate and go to prom and maybe finally work up the courage to ask Henna out before someone goes and blows up the high school. Again.

Because sometimes there are problems bigger than this week’s end of the world, and sometimes you just have to find the extraordinary in your ordinary life.

Even if your best friend is worshipped by mountain lions.

Award-winning writer Patrick Ness’s bold and irreverent novel powerfully reminds us that there are many different types of remarkable

I received this book for free from Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

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Because sometimes there are problems bigger than this week’s end of the world and sometimes you just have to find the extraordinary in your ordinary life.

YOU GUYS. MY HEART IS CRUSHED.

Okay, no, not crushed, but I am at a loss for words because…I didn’t love this book. I was….I was…I was all…

bored

I DID LIKE IT. Do not get me wrong. I did like it. But I have become accustomed to a certain level of…complete and absolute adoration…when it comes to Patrick Ness’s work that, when I don’t feel it, I’m left feeling confused, bereft, and severely lacking in my mental acumen. In other words, I am at a loss for words. I’m left wondering what is wrong with ME, that I don’t like this like I should? It had all the usual Ness-excellent writing. The characters were fun. I liked the story-within-a-story aspect. The INDIE kids and how the world was ending for them (again) and how the normal, regular kids, were worried about love, and school, and graduating before the high school blew up (again).

Or, well, yeah. It DID feel a little gimmicky, I’ll give you that. And no, I didn’t really feel engaged with any of the characters. I never felt…connected…. Despite their being “normal” and “not the Chosen ones,” I didn’t identify with them at all. And I don’t feel like that’s because they are all teenagers and I am most assuredly not a teenager any more. Still, I was a teenager once. I remember what it was like. It has not prevented me from identifying with teenagers in other books.

No, upon closer examination, it was determined, by me, that my standards are set impossibly high. Certainly I can’t expect this brilliant, impossibly engaging man, to hit them all out of the park. Can I? No. I cannot.

And, just to prove that the writing is still awesome:

Not everyone has to be the Chosen One. Not everyone has to be the guy who saves the world. Most people just have to live their lives the best they can, doing things that are great for them, having great friends, trying to make their lives better, loving people properly. All the while knowing that the world makes no sense but trying to find a way to be happy anyway.

Feelings don’t try to kill you, even the painful ones. Anxiety is a feeling grown too large. A feeling grown aggressive and dangerous. You’re responsible for it’s consequences, you’re responsible for treating it. But Michael, you’re not responsible for causing it. You’re not morally at fault for it. No more than you would be for a tumour.

Have you read this book? What did you think? What was I missing????

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10 thoughts on “That Feeling When One of Your Favorite Authors…Disappoints You?

  1. Becca

    I ran into this this summer when I didn’t care too much for one of my fave author’s books. It’s way more crushing when it’s a favorite. Also, loving the new look!

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  2. Katie @ Words for Worms

    I had the exact opposite experience! I loved this book SO HARD. Like, so much that I want to shove it into the hands of unsuspecting teenagers. I’m posting the world’s gushiest review tomorrow. Of course, I totally know what you’re feeling. I haaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaate when it happens that a favorite author’s latest doesn’t live up to my expectations.

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  3. Kristen M.

    I just had this happen with Gregory Maguire’s latest. I think it was a combination of my high expectations and the book just being not as good as some of his others. It’s rough because it makes you nervous about their next book. Luckily, there are always rereads of their older amazing books!

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  4. Kay

    Oh, yes. Have definitely had that happen. I think it just goes back to the idea that not every book is going to speak to every reader. Noticed that Katie (above) enjoyed it. You didn’t. It wasn’t ‘your’ book. I think one of my toughest things to deal with is when I recommend a book that I have loved, loved, loved to someone else and they don’t love it. Not only don’t love it – they look at me funny afterward wondering why I did love it so much. That causes me to think ‘am I weird?’. LOL

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  5. Shaina

    Oh no! 🙁 I can’t remember the last time this happened to me (I’m bad at reading more than one book from an author’s oeuvre lately), but it hurts SO BAD when it does. I hope his next one gets you back on the love boat!

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  6. Jenny @ Reading the End

    Aw, sad! I liked this book even though it wasn’t at ALL what I generally expect from Patrick Ness — I thought it was an absolute dear of the book, completely lovely. But part of me still missed the thrilling nonstop action of his other books. :/

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  7. Beth

    I hear you. To be honest, Ness’ last two novels have left me cold because I just couldn’t connect with the characters. I will keep reading because he is a favorite author, but it would be nice to get another book from him that completely rocks my world like the Chaos Walking trilogy did.

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