Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten Most Deceiving Books
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So, deceiving books. This can be good and bad, guys, but I think you knew that already. Sometimes I read a book and it surprises me by being MORE and BETTER than I thought it would be. Obviously this is awesome. Other times, I have expectations about what kind of story I’m going to read and the books turn out to be something different. This is more of a mixed bag in terms of good and bad. So by “deceiving,” I mostly mean surprising. LET’S DO THIS THING.
Playing Hurt by Holly Schindler. This is actually a REALLY solid contemporary, guys. You should definitely give it a go if you haven’t already. No, this one is on here because of the cover. PLAYING HURT is about two kids who are both recuperating from sports injuries in the Minnesota woods one summer. Not really the vibe I get from the cover, because it looks like they’re on a dock facing the ocean.
Sean Griswold’s Head by Lindsey Leavitt. Awwww, this book was surprising in THE BEST WAY. I thought it was going to be just a cute contemporary, and it was. EXCEPT. It was also had really great depth, what with Payton learning to deal with her father’s Multiple Sclerosis diagnosis. AWESOME.
Other Words for Love by Lorraine Zago Rosenthal. I’m not sure that I can describe how this book was deceiving or surprising except to say that I think the title is a little misleading? I was never really sure what the title MEANT, and the book doesn’t explain. So I’m not sure how it fits with Ari’s story–which I enjoyed VERY much, btw–aside from the fact that “love” is in the title and there’s love in the book.
I’ll Be There by Holly Goldberg-Sloan. Guys, this book brought the SERIOUS in a way that I wasn’t expecting at all. From reading the synopsis, I thought that this would be a great book about this troubled young kid and his new crush/gf, with a cute little brother thrown in. I had NO IDEA that this book would bring the family DRAMZ the way it did, and the relationship between Sam and Emily was TOTALLY not the focus. Surprising in a good way, friends.
The Extraordinary Secrets of April, May & June by Robin Benway. Another book that I enjoyed, even though it turned out to be a little different from what I thought. There’s lots of superhero/paranormal gifts going on here, and I thought that the sisters would be facing some MAJOR thing, as superheros often do. Not so much, though. Still good! But different from what I thought based on the flap.
Illyria by Elizabeth Hand. So, I wasn’t such a fan of ILLYRIA, and I went into it thinking that it would be weird–the synopsis mentions cousin love–but it still somehow managed to be shorter and weirder than I thought it would be. Also, I thought there would be more of the fairy angle, which was almost nonexistent.
When You Reach Me by Rebecca Stead. Don’t throw things at me, friends! I know lots of people LOVED WHEN YOU REACH ME (OBVS, it was the 2010 Newbery winner), but I didn’t like this book. I didn’t like it because, based on the flap, I was expecting something very different. The summary talks about these letters and how Miranda has to figure out this mystery of the letters. But she doesn’t GET the first letter until the book is nearly halfway done, and the remainder of the story just…didn’t grab me. Surprising in a not so great way for me.
The Summer series by Jenny Han. First of all, I LOVE THESE BOOKS. Love ’em. Read them if you haven’t yet. But they were a little more angsty and emo than I thought they would be IN THE BEST WAY EVERRRR. Yes the triangle between Belly and the two Fischer brothers is majorly important, but it’s not light in any way. This is SERIOUS STUFF. Also, awesome.
Sweethearts by Sarah Zarr. Another one that brought the serious. Between the FROSTED COOKIE HEART on the cover, and the title, I thought that this book would be lighter and cuter. But EMO and ANGST is what I found instead. This isn’t a contemporary romance like many other contemporary romances out there. In fact, I’d downplay that romance part quite a bit. SWEETHEARTS is more about the characters separately than together.
The Future of Us by Jay Asher and Carolyn Mackler. I wanted this one to be better, friends. But I thought I would enjoy the romance and the Facebook angle. Alas, the thing I REALLY got the biggest kick out of was the flashbacks I got to my sophomore year in high school. Bummer, guys.