DNF&Y is a feature hosted by Lindsi at Do You Dog-ear? According to Lindsi, "DNF&Y is used to explain why I gave up on certain books, and what about them just didn't work for me. What I disliked about a book might be something you love, so it helps to share your thoughts even when they're negative!" Since I tend to DNF quite a bit, I thought it would be fun to participate!
This Lie Will Kill You by Chelsea Pitcher (2018)
In this book, five teens arrive at a mansion to compete for $50,000, but really they've been lured there so someone can get revenge on them for the part they played in a teen's death the year before. I was intrigued by the "I Know What You Did Last Summer" vibe of this, but I ended up DNFing at 27% of the audiobook. All the drama over who is in love with who got tiresome quickly, and even just a short way in, it was obvious that this would be the type of book where the killer is completely omniscient and knows everything about the teens and their lives, even going so far as to have pictures they never showed anyone before or destroyed years earlier. It just made me roll my eyes!
99 Percent Mine by Sally Thorne (2019)
This book wasn't even on my TBR, but I saw it at the library and grabbed it. I know the author is pretty beloved for her previous book, so I figured I'd try it. I ended up DNFing at page 72. I was paying attention to the story, but I felt lost - I had no idea what was going on, like I was missing critical information. Everything felt so choppy with no transitions whatsoever. The main character Darcy just seemed like she was trying so hard to be cool and edgy, and it felt disingenuous. I also didn't like the way she behaved towards her love interest - she's been in love with him for years, but as far as she knows, he has a girlfriend, yet she has no qualms saying really inappropriate things to him.
Have you read either of these books?