Thalia @ Pictures in the Words

I'm Thalia! I run a book blog called Pictures in the Words and I hope to be an editor for YA fiction. I'm a GoodReads refugee!



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Andy Weir
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Day 11: A Book You Hated

Halo - Alexandra Adornetto Where She Went  - Gayle Forman The Magnolia League  - Katie Crouch Dead Poets Society - N.H. Kleinbaum Crewel - Gennifer Albin Gulliver's Travels (Dover Thrift Editions) - Jonathan Swift Of Sound Mind - Jean Ferris

HAHAHAHAHAHhahahahahahahah if you think I'm going to pick one--you're wrong.

And these are just the "worst offenders". 


Halo: You know, it was a funny-bad, up to a certain point. But you know, I am 1000000000% not-okay with having a character commit suicide and then have absolutely nobody care. It made me sick to see the girl's death via Bethany's "vision", and I just hated everything--the girl's best friend acts like she never existed, Bethany and Xavier are like, 'Dude, Jake is just so evil!' and NOBODY ELSE REMEMBERS HER. Even though she SLICED HER OWN THROAT OPEN AND WAS FOUND BY ANOTHER STUDENT BLEEDING AND SLAUGHTERED AND VERY, VERY DEAD ON THE FLOOR OF THE SCHOOL BATHROOM. Are you f-ing kidding me right now? Another frickin' teenage writer using suicide as a drama play. That makes me sick.


Where She WentUgh, everything in this book just made me angry. I hated Adam for being a whiny brat about everything and treating everyone like crap. I hated him for letting Mia back into his life. I hated Mia for thinking she had any sort of right to be part of his life after what she did. After what a lowlife thing she did, leaving him hanging and never speaking to him again without a single word of explanation. And I hated them for getting back together after one friggin' night and calling it a happily ever after. Nope.


The Magnolia LeagueI really disliked the main character, Alex. She was such a hypocrite and a "holier than thou" idiot who thinks anybody who accidentally steps on a flower is the devil. I also hated that she was "the fat one" and she was a size six and everyone made fat jokes about her when SHE IS NOT FAT. And people still made fat jokes about her even when she dropped down to a double 0, and that's just really not okay. I've actually defaced this book. My best friend and I pass it back and forth and write our snarky comments in the margins. Sometimes I feel bad because I hate writing in books--but honestly, it made reading this so much easier to bear. 


Dead Poets Society: This is one of my favorite movies of all time. I cried when I watched it when I was a sophomore, and I cried when I watched it when I was a senior, because I'm frigging lived through it, and it made me feel like somebody else out there understands what it's like to suddenly have to go on when the one person you thought would never go that far suddenly does. And this book trashed and desecrated and destroyed something I loved so dearly, and I couldn't even force myself to cry and that was really, really upsetting. Plus, let's not even go into the fact that one character groped a girl while she was making out with her boyfriend (and then she actually got together with the creep) and the teacher showed a slideshow of pornographic images to the boys during a test because "they have to prepare for college". Like girls will just be sitting in revealing lingerie in sexual positions in the middle of class. OK.


Crewel: More triggering. A character committed suicide here, too, and I already thought the main character was an idiot, and I hated the writing, and I didn't like the plot, and then it went and described the body of the character who killed themselves and just ugh. I had terrible, awful nightmares for weeks, and I felt like I was going to throw up, and I had to put the book down for several days and looking at it made me sick all over again. Thinking of the way my friend might have--could have...It makes me sick to see her lying there instead of a fictional character. I just can't look at this book. I can't even think about it anymore. 


Gulliver's Travels: Eeeuuuuuuggghhhhhhhh smrfthejvnyskjrjksebrhysjibrysevry. I love "A Modest Proposal". I do not love Gulliver's Travels.


Of Sound Mind: :| Come on now. The MC's mother was a total jerk, the main couple would scream at each other and get back together within like, two pages. They were so dysfunctional, and she would verbally abuse him and then make him forgive her by cooking something for him, and the writing was so bad and I just this whole book ARG.


Whew. I'm not sure if any of the other days will be this rage-y.