Mid-Week Mini Reviews: Where I am Underwhelmed

Posted 18 March, 2015 by April @ The Steadfast Reader in Reviews

the girl on the train by paula hawkins  The Girl on the Train by: Paula Hawkins

Brief summary: Sad girl rides a train every day to work. Drinks something magical called gin and tonic in a can. Has blackouts. How much is she involved in the lives of her fellow lead characters? How much is she responsible for their misery?

Review: I’m in the minority in that I really didn’t particularly care for this book. I felt bad for Rachel, but I didn’t pity her. The rest of the characters were… meh. I also guessed the twist about 1/3 of the way through the book. If you’re going to write a book like this, you better be good about hiding your twists. (2.5/5 stars)

 

burial rites by hannah kent

Burial Rites by: Hannah Kent

Brief Summary: A family in 1820’s Iceland is forced to house a convicted murderess while she is awaiting her execution.

Review: This was another one of those books that was apparently written by a talented author that failed to live up to its hype or really connect with me. The problem is admittedly, probably me, as I am not a fan of historical fiction for the most part. I felt empathy for Agnes and did enjoy watching the evolution of the attitudes that the family had about her. Hoever, in the end I found the overall story just okay. (3/5 stars)

 

 

Is everyone hanging out without me?

Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? by: Mindy Kaling

Synopsis: Mindy Kaling wrote a memoir.

Review: I like Kaling okay as an actress, though admittedly that’s limited to her performance in the American version of The Office. Though I would like to pick up The Mindy Project sometime soon. But the book – I’ve seen a lot of people compare this memoir to Fey’s Bossypants or Lawson’s Let’s Pretend This Never Happened, but I have to disagree. Kaling lacks both their talent for writing and their talent as comedians. I found most of the memoir to be pretty lackluster and not all that funny. Sorry Mindy. (2/5 stars)

 

What about you, Reader? What are some books lately that just haven’t lived up to the hype for you? What do you think about my assessment of these popular titles?

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  • Ugh I hate when I figure out twists early on. It’s just sloppy writing. We Were Liars comes to mind.

    I liked Mindy Kaling’s book but I liked it more after I watched The Mindy Project. I have not read Bossypants but I can tell you right now you can’t compare the two. I didn’t like 30 Rock, but I really like Tina Fey. She’s hilarious and smart.

  • I’m a little too nervous to pick up Girl on the Train until the hype dies down, since I imagine it would fail to live up to expectations. Of course, by then they’ll probably be making a movie and buzz will pick back up again 😉

  • I liked Girl on the Train, but didn’t love it. Mostly b/c I guessed the ending early on…and I’m not usually good at guessing endings!

  • Arianna felt the same about Girl on The Train and now I have little to no drive to pick this one up. However, I purchased the ebook on amazon when it was on sale… guess it’ll have to be read one of these days.

    • Meh, it’s a decent beach read – I just didn’t find it as fantastically amazing as so many other people did.

  • I loved Burial Rites, but can completely understand why it’s not for everyone. It’s not a book I would recommend across the board. I listened to Mindy Kaling’s book on audio, narrated by herself, and I feel like that always improves the celebrity-memoir experience. But it was only OK for me too, so I get it. I like these mini-review style posts!

    • I agree that listening to celebrity memoirs makes them so much more enjoyable – Dare I say it, Yes Please was BETTER to listen to than to read. 🙂

  • You’ve reminded me that I still need to write my review of Burial Rites. It will be a lot like your’s. I just didn’t see why so many people loved it so much. I was, dare i say, bored.

  • Maybe I’ll wait till I return from traveling to read Burial Rites if it won’t be worth the weight of a hard back… only the best go into the plane carry on!

  • I kind of felt the same way about Kaling’s book.

  • Well that’s refreshing 🙂

  • I’m in the same minority with Girl on Train. I thought the whole thing was overdone and nowhere near the psychological complexity of Gone Girl.

  • you can’t be underwhelmed by Burial Rites, it’s Australian and you know they are awesome…just kidding, you can do whatever you want. I agree with you on Girl on the Train, overrated

  • I didn’t feel The Girl on the Train lived up to the hype completely. I guess I resonated with it much more than you did, but certainly not nearly as much as many others did! Burial Rites is not even near the top of my TBR list, and I doubt I’ll ever attempt to read Kaling’s book. Nice, concise post! 🙂

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