I hate this book, and I’m not sorry. Go ahead and send me to Middle School Librarian hell, but I have to be honest about how I feel. This book is poorly executed and tedious.
Maybe if I had read it as a child and had some fond memories of it, then I’d be able to stomach it as an adult. But I didn’t do that, so I just can’t. All I can do is feel sorry for all the children who grew up at the time this book was published and had nothing better to read than a pathetically weak MC backed up by a boring info-dump of a story.
Now that I got that off my chest, it’s best that those who love this story stop reading now. There’s nothing I’m going to say that’s going to change your mind about how much you love this book, and that would never be my intention anyway. We all love what we love, and more power to you. That’s what keeps things interesting.
Honestly, I confess I wanted to love this to the extreme that all of you do, which is why I stopped and restarted this book no less than 25 times, but that just didn’t come to pass. I could not force this to be what I wanted it to be, and there’s a point at which a person has to step back and admit that something doesn’t work for them.
This doesn’t work for me on any level, but if you loved this book as a child, please don’t read on. Let your child-blinders protect you from my wrath.
This review is for the people like me. Those adults who picked it up amid such great promise, only to find it’s one of the worst books they’ve had the misfortune of reading, perhaps in their lifetime. If you were left with an epic feeling of disappointment, after thousands of people promised you otherwise, please read onward. You are my people, or I’ll be your people. Whatever. I’m flexible.
For those who have never read this story, I suggest you also stop here, in order to protect yourself from SPOILERS, as I’m going to say exactly what I think, regardless of any potential spoilers.
And yes, this is likely the longest review I’ve ever written in my entire life, because that’s how upset and disappointed I am. I feel like the whole world tried to feed me a lie, and I’ve spent the whole day trying to choke it down.