I don't normally clog up my blog with reviews for books that I don't like. I'd rather read & write about books that I love.
Not everyone can like all books in all genres. We all have differing opinions about favourites & duds.
It's okay not to like a book & not blog about it...and simply leave it to someone who does like it to blog about it.
But sometimes you come across a book that bugs you out of this good intention!
I've spent the past couple days trying to work out why this book annoyed me so much.
Obviously, at 46 years of age, I am not the target audience for Side Effects May Vary. I read a lot of YA, teen and junior fiction though for work. Some of it is not to my taste or standards, but I can usually see how the book's target audience would enjoy it.
Maybe I would have enjoyed this book when I was an angst-ridden, self-absorbed, romantic teenager, but I doubt it.
Alice is much more than an angsty, selfish, troubled teen. She's a manipulative bitch. She's cruel, mean and totally thoughtless. She uses love to hurt people, including herself, but barely learns any meaningful lessons along the way.
Anyone turning to this book hoping for another Fault in Our Stars (due to the cancer theme) will be seriously disappointed.
Perhaps this book was meant to funny in a dark, Stephen King/Carrie kind of way? Or perhaps it was making a statement about all the so called 'sick-lit' popping up since FIOS?
There is some swearing, mild sex scenes and mature themes.
Perhaps a fan of this book can give me some pointers on what I missed, because right now I will not be recommending this story to anyone!