Books that Disappointed Me

We all get SUPER excited about a book- whether it’s by an author we love, a hyped book by everyone, or just one that sounds like it would be perfect for us. But, you end up being really let down by it because it just didn’t live up to your expectations.

Recently, I’ve been feeling a little underwhelmed by quite a few books, which is why I thought I would share what they were! I decided to pick a few books that fall under these three categories and explain why I felt disappointed by them!


Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens: This is one that quite literally EVERYONE loves. I have seen it hyped constantly, and when I posted on Instagram that I had started reading it, everyone told me how much they had loved it. I went into it expecting it to be a life-changing book, but I was a little underwhelmed by it. I kept waiting for something more from it, and that just never came. It wasn’t bad, but it just wasn’t as good to me as everyone made it seem.

Where Dreams Descend by Janella Angeles: This book doesn’t come out until next month, and I’m actually going to have a whole review up for it (stay tuned), but I have seen all of the early reviews BUZZING about this book. The cover drew me in initially, and then I heard it was about magicians so I was completely sold. Unfortunately, I found the writing to be a little…off. It felt like pieces of the story were missing, and I was quite lost for a lot of it. I will say, the ~vibe~ of it was so fun, but the actual story wasn’t great, in my opinion.


Finale by Stephanie Garber: This is one that I was disappointed by because I really enjoyed the first two books in the trilogy. I was SO excited to see how this story would end. Unfortunately, the dual POV in this story just didn’t work for me. I appreciated what Stephanie was trying to do, but it fell really flat.

Save the Date by Morgan Matson: This is one that I know a lot of people will agree on with me- I’ve only read one other Morgan Matson book (The Unexpected Everything), but I loved it. A lot. When I saw a copy of her latest book—SIGNED, too—at Bookcon, I purchased it immediately. But…it was bad, in my opinion. I didn’t feel the same attachment for the characters, and I didn’t care about the story at all. It was all super exaggerated, to the point where I couldn’t enjoy the story.


The Bookish Life of Nina Hill by Abbi Waxman: This book sounded like it would be perfect for me. It was described as a romance about a bookworm, and I really thought I would relate to the character and fall in love with the story. Unfortunately, like the other books in this post, it was not for me. It was not very well developed or structured for me, and there was absolutely no chemistry between the main character and the love interest. I did like Nina’s character, though, I just wish the story dived deeper into different parts than it did.

The Escape Room by Megan Goldin: I don’t read quite as many mystery/thrillers as I would like to, but so far I’d say I’ve been pretty lucky in that most of the ones I have read were really good. That wasn’t the case with this one. I love escape rooms (even though I’ve never done one- the idea just sounds so cool, ok?), so I thought the concept for this book was great. The execution? Not so great. It was just boring, which is quite sad.

Obviously, these are only a handful of books that have disappointed me, so I am curious to know what some of yours were! Do they fall into one of these three categories? Or is there a different one?

Leave a comment letting me know!

12 thoughts on “Books that Disappointed Me

  1. I understand that Save The Date was disappointing. I still really liked the book, but I LOVED her other books, so this one was definitely a bit disappointing. Great post! :)

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  2. I was SO disappointed with Save the Date, I actually DNF-ed it! To this day it’s probably one of my least favorite books, which was disappointing because so many people love Morgan Matson! I’ve also only read the first Caraval book, hoping that the last one isn’t an incredible let down, but I don’t have high expectations :/

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    1. If you haven’t read any other Matson books, I think you should give them a try!! I haven’t read too many, but I really liked The Unexpected Everything, and it was very different from Save the Date! The second book in the Caraval series was good, so at least you have that one to look forward to hahaha ! 😅

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  3. I haven’t read Finale yet (but finished book 1 and 2, and loved them) so now I’m kinda worried. 😅 // Books that disappointed me include Illuminae (hype + didn’t click with the format and the sci-fi aspect that much) and My so called bollywood life (sypnosis + a ya-contemporary with flat characters) but ofc these aren’t the only ones. I often get disappointed by books I has high expectations for which is why I now try to keep them low (works sometimes). 😬

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    1. I say it’s still worth reading, at least to know how the story ends! It just unfortunately was not the book for me 😩 Aw no, I personally really loved Illuminae, but I read it when the hype was still low & I didn’t have any expectations for it! It’s definitely not for everyone, though.

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  4. “I kept waiting for something more from it, and that just never came. It wasn’t bad, but it just wasn’t as good to me as everyone made it seem,” is the perfect way to describe my experience with The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo 😭 It was so hyped that I couldn’t stop myself from expecting more from it the whole time I was reading!

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    1. Ahh no 😭😭 I loved Evelyn Hugo, but I did feel a bit of that “what’s going to happen next?” because I was waiting for something big the whole time. I definitely see how that can really ruin the experience !

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