Previously inspired by Hannah at So Obsessed With and her list of low-rated books she really enjoyed, I made my own list here. Today I'm doing the reverse, just like Hannah did, and putting together a list of highly-rated books that I didn't enjoy. I chose books that had an average rating of 4 stars or higher on Goodreads.
Small Great Things by Jodi Picoult: Goodreads rating of 4.34. I typically enjoy Picoult's books, but for me her take on racism was filled with clichéd characters and her signature twist ending didn't work.
The Midnight Rose by Lucinda Riley: Goodreads rating of 4.27. This dual timeline story travels from India to England. At first glance, it seems to have everything I enjoy in a novel, but the writing is so stilted and the story is predictable.
The Fault in Our Stars by John Green: Goodreads rating of 4.25. I was so happy to see that Hannah had this one on her list, too. I tend to feel a little weird when I dislike a book that everyone else seems to love, but I can't even with this one. This book is just so pretentious and the characters are wildly unbelievable.
The Mother's Promise by Sally Hepworth: Goodreads rating of 4.15. I loved an earlier novel by Sally Hepworth, but this novel about a single mother dying from ovarian cancer was a mess for me. I gave it 2.5 stars.
Where the River Ends by Charles Martin: Goodreads rating of 4.10. I thought I would like this story of a man who takes his sick wife on one last trip down the St. Mary's River, but the pretentious main character, confusing timelines, and general over-the-top-ness of the book turned me off.
Are there any highly-rated books that you haven't enjoyed?