This is a very well-loved book (maybe not here because it is an adult novel) and I just...ugh...I hated this book...
REBECCA by Daphne DuMarier
Alright, so I was recommended this SO MANY TIMES by more than one family member, so naturally, I wanted to like it. Did I? No.
I’ll admit, as soon as I saw “TALE OF ROMANTIC SUSPENSE” I was turned off. I don’t typically read romance novels - actually, scratch that, I don’t ever read romance novels - but I thought, you know what? Just give it a shot.
Let’s just start off with the most annoying problem, the main character doesn’t even HAVE A NAME. You might be wondering, Well, what’s the point of that? I’m wondering the exact same thing, my friend. So, we’ll just call her Tiffany, on board with that?
Tiffany was basically everything that I hate about YA female characters. Whiny, childish, and immature. When the 11-12-year-old characters that I read about in MG fiction act more mature than a grown woman, you know you have issues.
I really did go into this with the intention to like Tiffany, but she just insisted on being the human embodiment of unseasoned chicken.
Okay, now into the relationship problems.
Tiffany and Maxim (who I was picturing like Maksim Chmerkovskiy from DWTS, idk why) knew each other for a few days, and Tiffany is just like: I LOVE HIM OMG BUT HE DOESN’T LOVE ME HE LOVES REBECCA, and I just got annoyed with that.
I like some romance (to an extent) but when you fall in love faster than it takes me to eat a medium pizza (which is pretty fast, by the way) it starts to get annoying.
Maxim is also like, low-key manipulative, not gonna lie.
Oh yeah! We find out a little over halfway through the book that Maxim was the one who MURDERED Rebecca because he didn’t love her. And yes, okay, Rebecca did cheat, which I will never support, but I also do not think that murder was the answer. I will say it louder for the people in the back: MURDER IS NOT THE ANSWER. EVER.
And what does Tiffany do? Be a rational human and say, “He murdered her, he might murder me too. I should probably get out of this relationship.”? No, she goes: HE DIDN’T LOVE HER BECAUSE HE LOVES ME!!! YAY!
The writing style was also really boring and way too descriptive, but I’m trying to be very lenient about that because it WAS written in the 30’s so writing style was different than now, so...
No, my issues with this book weren’t: THIS BOOK WAS WRITTEN A LONG TIME AGO, IT’S BORING. Because A WRINKLE IN TIME was written a long time ago, and I adore that book.
My issues weren’t: THIS IS AN ADULT BOOK, IT SUCKS. Because the stuff that I hated about this book, I hate in any book whether it's adult, young-adult, and even middle grade.
I think maybe one of my biggest issues was this: this is an adult book. A book that’s supposed to have more mature characters than the dumb characters in YA, right? Wrong. The characters just reminded me of all the stupid characters in YA. The romance reminded me of all the stupid romance in YA.
Yeah, I just had a lot of issues with this book, but that’s just my personal opinion.
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