Popular Books That I Despised: Unpopular Opinions

Hellooo, I’m here with some unpopular opinions today. Now I’m a quite easy-to-please reader. I like most books, my goodreads average is usually in the high 3 stars, and most books make me happy. But some don’t. You’re probably gonna notice a common trend below that a lot of the books I don’t like tend to be contemporaries or romantic books. Now I don’t know if this is bitter Rhea angry about her loveless life, but most tropes in romance novels annoy the heck out of me, so I’m using all these books to bash romance tropes!! Have fun!!

Warning: These are popular books. Popular books that you probably like. Popular books that I really don’t like. I will practically be hating on these books in the following segment so if you read something you don’t like, don’t like burn me alive or something.


1. Divergent by Veronica Roth

Divergent (Divergent, #1)

Okay so the first book I really liked. I’d loved the characters, the world building and the entire set-up of the dystopian world, I’d loved the factions, everything. I was so obsessed with the first book that even though Insurgent (book 2) was a hot mess, I forced myself to like it even though all the decisions Tris made in that book were utter garbage. But once Allegiant came around, I knew that I was DONE with Tris and Tobias and this whole damn series because of the way it was dragged out with unnecessary details and boring plot lines that I could not care less about.

2. Hush Hush by Becca Fitzpatrick

Hush, Hush (Hush, Hush, #1)

If Twilight wasn’t bad enough for you, welcome to the world of Hush Hush- a book that is a literal carbon copy of Twilight except creepier, more sexual, with more harassment than Twilight. Firstly, the name of the love interest is Patch. If that isn’t enough to put you off a guy, I don’t know what is. Nora, the main character, is possibly the stupidest main character to exist. And even stupider than her is her best friend Vee, who literally lacks any sort of common sense any human with a functional brain should have. I recognise how much effort authors put into writing their books and I don’t mean to disregard the effort of the author- god knows I probably can’t do a better job, but ohmygod I wouldn’t wish this book upon anyone.

3. Crazy Rich Asians by Kevin Kwan

Crazy Rich Asians (Crazy Rich Asians, #1)

Yo I don’t know about you, but I thought this book was hyped for no reason. Yes, the diversity was refreshing, but nothing else in the book stood out to me. A rather basic and shallow plot, one dimensional characters, the bitchiest depiction of women, and literally the lack of enthusiasm in this book made it a complete snoozefest for me.

4. When Dimple Met Rishi by Sandhya Menon

When Dimple Met Rishi

The first half of the book was tolerable. I didn’t hate it, and I actually enjoyed a lot of the cultural references to India. A lot of the first half was fun and cute and made me laugh. The second half of the book ruined it completely. I’m not really a romantic person, so the cheesiness, the cliche love story, the forced friends-to-lovers, was all so unoriginal and boring and just had me rolling my eyes a lot. I didn’t enjoy the writing style either, and everything about this book became super unrealistic and dramatic for no reason whatsoever.

5. Eliza and Her Monsters by Francesca Zapia

Eliza and Her Monsters

As you can see, I clearly don’t seem to like romance books very much. This was a super big disappointment for me. Eliza was a brat, period. A character I really wanted to throttle for the most part of this book, she was entitled, rude, never apologised for her mistakes, and does not know how to communicate whatsoever. This book ha a terrible family dynamic, a terrible main character, and a pretty terrible plot that was a sum of all the tropes I really despise. This book is dumb.

6. A Thousand Pieces of You (Firebird series) by Claudia Gray

A Thousand Pieces of You (Firebird, #1)

Dude why do all romance subplots suck so much. I actually enjoyed the first book of this series, I loved the concept because parallel dimensions??? are u kidding me?? they’re so cool. First book wasn’t bad but the romance subplot and the characters sucked big time. They were all very one dimensional and seemed to be surface level, and I didn’t connect to any of them. The second book is when it all REALLY got shitty. The cover for book 2 is gorgeous, but that’s it. The plot was a literal repeat of the first book except more boring. It felt very filler-y and anti-climatic. Characters continued to suck and in fact, got even worse. I pity the main character Marguerite (wtf is this name) because she was literally given all the worst traits in the world. Annoying, selfish, boring, argumentative, stupid, she had it all. And worst of all- this book had a love triangle. Nothing is worse than a love triangle, enough has been said.

7. All the Bright Places by Jennifer Niven

All the Bright Places

The not-like-other-girls trope makes me wanna set my hair on fire. The girl on girl hate in this book is horrible. The discussion for mental illness in this book is irresponsible and terribly done. The book is exhausting and frustrating and has a running motif of glorifying “special” people who are the only ones living life the way it should be lived, and is frankly quite pathetic. I do not see the appeal of this book, and I do not understand the 4.2 rating it has on goodreads.

8. An Abundance of Katherines by John Green

An Abundance of Katherines

I usually enjoy John Green books. I get why a lot of people don’t like them, but I usually do. This book was an exception. By the end of this book, I was sick of anagrams, of Colin and his stupid and constant whining about his life, and no offence to you Katherines out there, but I was sick and tired of Katherines. A very unimpressive read from someone who’s usually an impressive author to me.

9. The Sun is Also a Star by Nicola Yoon

The Sun Is Also a Star

Jesus where do I even start with this book. The instant-love trope, the creepy male stalker who the smart and nerdy girl falls for, the self-centered, selfish, whiny characters, the lack of any chemistry between the love interests, and the use of deportation as a plot device was all super shitty, and OHMYGOD the creepy writing “I want to smoothen the creases on her thighs with my hands” made me want to throw up. A big no.

10. Illuminae by Jay Kristoff and Amie Kaufman

Illuminae (The Illuminae Files, #1)

Maybe I was just too dumb to get this book, I don’t know. I can’t say I actively hate it because I abandoned it half way, but I just didn’t understand what was going on?? I didn’t like the writing format, and I wasn’t sold on the characters, and I literally didn’t understand a word of the plot which is why I stopped reading this one.


Aaand that’s it! Have you read any of these books? Did you like them or did you not? Tell me what you think!

Thanks for reading!


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  1. Total agree with When Dimple Met Rishi!

    I am not a romance fan either. It’s generally the thing I don’t like in books. So I totally get where you’re coming from!

    Also, slightly offended by Eliza and Her Monsters because my names also Eliza and I hoped for amazing things, but NOPE! 😫


    1. You’re not dumb, as I didn’t understand Illuminae either. The format didn’t jive with me, and it was most people’s favorite thing. I don’t plan on finishing the series either.

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  2. I’m with you on Divergent – I reread it in July because I loved it when I was younger, but unfortunately I didn’t love it this time round. I loved the premise of the factions etc but the Tobias/Tris storyline…no thank you!
    Eliza and Her Monsters I actually really enjoyed, although Eliza did frustrate me at times. & Dimple I also enjoyed but not as much as everyone else seemed to.
    Completely agree with you on All The Bright Places – hated that one and wish I had just DNFd it.


  3. Ah I love a good unpopular opinion. Definitely agree about An Abundance of Katherines. It was a struggle to get through.

    I have not read The Sun is Also a Star, but I had a lot of problems with her other novel (Everything, Everything) so it is one I have been avoiding.


  4. Lol! I love reading reviews cause it gives me a new perspective on books I’ve read and this review was awesome! I do agree about all the bright places! It didn’t make any sense! I mean the character was cute and everything but still. I just didn’t understand the whole craze behind the books. Even john green’s book was ridiculous and crazy rich asians: never understood the craze behind that one. Thanks for the awesome read!:)


  5. I love An Abundance of Katherines, but I’m with you on most of the rest of the list (especially Hush Hush and All the Bright Places; I barely made it through those two, for exactly the reasons you mention). I also find romances really frustrating. In my experience, books that ARE romances tend to have annoying instalove and lots of cringe, whereas books that HAVE romance but focus elsewhere often have really fun, compelling romantic storylines. It seems like that should be the other way around.


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