It’s ridiculous how many I have for this...
I’ll say my least favorite (with a full length review about why):
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 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. He’s also a pedophile...WE JUST LOVE A ROMANCE LIKE THAT, DON’T WE? Like, Tiffany is maybe 21? And Maxim is probably between 42-45? Am I allowed to call the cops yet?
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! And then they make out because you know, CUTE.
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...
Now, I will say it again...you are allowed to have you’re own opinions on something, I’m not going to be the one to tell you what you can and cannot have an opinion on. That being said, everything I’ve listed here, was factual, they really did happen within this story.
So, you are allowed to form your own opinions, but not your own facts. You aren’t allowed to tell me, “BUT HE DIDN’T MURDER HER,” because it LITERALLY says that he did in the book.
Anyways, uh, thanks for coming to my REBECCA rant.
Up there with REBECCA are (which I will be including brief reasons for)
-ANNA AND THE FRENCH KISS by Stephanie Perkins
(cheating based romance, slut-shaming, girl hate, etc.)
-ELEANOR AND PARK by Rainbow Rowell
(cheesy as heck)
-THE FAULT IN OUR STARS by John Green
-REPLICA by Lauren Oliver
(body shaming, love triangles, insta-love, etc.)
-THE DEATH CURE by James Dashner
(horrible wrap-up to a series)
-THE KILL ORDER by James Dashner
(has literally nothing to do with TMR, super boring)
-DAY OF DOOM by David Baldacci
(do I even need to explain myself with this one?)
-TAKEOFFS AND LANDINGS by Margaret Peterson Haddix
(ridiculously angsty, really boring)
-THE SUMMER OF BROKEN THINGS by Margaret Peterson Haddix
(boring, angsty, mild slut-shaming, girl hate, etc.)
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