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Top 5 Tuesday: Top 5 books that didn’t live up to the hype

Hello friends and fellow book lovers! Once again, Shanah is killing it with prompts and this one is especially exciting. I feel like a lot of us read books because of the hype and sometimes, they do let us down. It’s not something we talk about often but thankfully, Shanah fit it into this month so yes!

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Now let’s get into 5 books that didn’t live up to the hype for me!


5. Heretics Anonymous by Katie Henry

The first book on my list is a recent release and that’s Heretics Anonymous. I read this during the Contemporary-A-Thon in a few sittings. However, the book just didn’t grab me in a way it did everyone else. I found the characters to be annoying and unlikable and the plot twist was stale. This book just didn’t work for me and it ended up being an average read for me.

As I’m sure most of us know, Emma Books was hyping this one up hard. That’s why I thought it would end up being such a great read. Sadly, it was just a 3-star read for me and I might end up unhauling it eventually or giving it to a friend.


4. Emergency Contact by Mary H.K. Choi

This was another super hyped up book on Booktube and the blogging world. When I read it, I thought I was going to love it. It’s a book featuring a text romance, how could I not? I didn’t account for the characters being annoying, an underdeveloped relationship and a  pretty unlikable main character.

I found this book to be kind of pretentious honestly. Penny specifically was super pretentious and an absolute brat. She redeemed herself a little in the end but it didn’t make up for the rest of the book. I ended up giving it a 2 out of 5 stars.


3. Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins

Oh, this book! I didn’t really read much until the beginning of last year so I missed out on all of the YA books published in recent years. One of the most hyped up one is Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins. This book could have been a light and fluffy Parisian romance but it was not that.

Anna was a completely annoying and unlikable protagonist. Then there’s the complete lack of remorse Anna and her love interest have about him cheating. Coupled with the girl-on-girl hate and general lack of respect, this book was a mess. I think I gave it 3 stars when I read it but I might even bump it down to a 2, lol.


2. Eliza and Her Monsters by Francesca Zappia

This is where I feel like people will jump ship, lol. Anyways, I buddy-read Eliza and Her Monsters with my friend, Lysette last year. At the time, the book was super hyped up and our reactions were both kind of meh. Personally, I think this book was hyped up just because it focused on fandom and people can relate to that.

It’s definitely something we don’t see a lot in books, but this book didn’t work for me. I thought the synopsis gave too much away. The main plot point didn’t happen until over 50% of the way in the book and it was just downhill from there. Plus Eliza was super rude to her family and friends which bothered me.

I think this book had a lot of potential but it just fell flat for me. If some plot points had worked out differently, maybe I would’ve liked it more. I ended up giving it 3 out of 5 stars.


1. The Harry Potter series

This is where the pitchforks truly come out and so do the unfollows. Just hear me out before you banish me to Azkaban. I really enjoyed the Harry Potter series and I think I gave the series as a whole a 4.5 out of 5 stars. However, I don’t think it lived up to all the hype I’ve heard since I was young.

Everyone says about Harry Potter being their favorite book series of all time and I can see why. Reading it as an adult is a completely different experience. Most of you have memories of loving and growing up with Harry Potter. I don’t so it’s harder for me to feel truly connected to it like most people do.

Regardless, I still think it’s a brilliant series but the hype kind of sullied my reading experience. I was expecting to fall in love with the characters and the series and basically never love a series as much as I love Harry Potter but I didn’t have that reaction. I enjoyed my time, reading it and enjoyed the series but I wouldn’t consider it the GOAT when it comes to books for me.

Hopefully, that doesn’t make you all want to kill me, lol. I’m just crossing my fingers people will hear me out and not think I’m an absolute psycho. Oh well, it’s only my opinion haha.

What about you? Any books that didn’t live up to the hype?

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43 thoughts on “Top 5 Tuesday: Top 5 books that didn’t live up to the hype

  1. I totally get why someone wouldn’t be able to get into Harry Potter as an adult. I read it as a kid and I feel like most of my love for it comes from the happy memories / nostalgia associated with it. It’s still my favorite series though, even though it does have some plot issues that don’t really make sense.

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  2. Ah that’s such a shame about emergency contact- I’ve been seeing similar things around lately. ah I can see why coming late to HP would feel like that- it’s so hyped that it’s really tough to live upto the pressure of falling in love with it and for a lot of people (like me) there’s a huge amount of nostalgia that make me get more feels when I reread it- it’s tricky to live upto that. Anyway great post! And brave for going there with HP- I totally hear where you’re coming from!

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  3. I freely admit that I am not a huge Harry Potter fan. I really enjoyed the first 3 books as they came out, but the 4th book was only okay and I really didn’t like the last 3. (Most people seem to have the reverse opinion.)
    But I get it, it’s possible to enjoy something and admit that it was overhyped.
    Plus HP is EVERYWHERE. My daughter is 12 and even her classmates who don’t haven’t read or watched it know which house they are in.

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  4. Oh, I know. My daughter started reading it at about age 10 and has been obsessed ever since. O_O It’s just one of those things where it’s so ingrained into our culture now that it won’t have the same impact as when it first came out.

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  5. I was also not a fan of Anna and the French Kiss. I usually don’t mind cheating in YA as much as most people seem to, but in this case it really bothered me and made Anna really unlikeable. I didn’t ship the romance at all so that kinda killed the whole book for me.

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  6. Same with Heretics for me. I borrowed it and tried to read it but I just couldn’t get into it. I didn’t think it was funny (and I like self-deprecating humor and dark humor). Unfortunately, it just wasn’t there for me. It just wasn’t hilarious in any way (imo). And since I felt nothing for the characters or didn’t care about them, I relied on the book’s humor to keep me reading. In the end, I DNF’d it.

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  7. I so love Harry so that’s sad that the hype sullied this series for you 😦 On the blog I featured John Green who is pretty hyped but does not work for me so I guess to each his own 😉

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  8. Ah I’ve heard great things about Emergency Contact and Eliza, I’m sorry you didn’t like them. As for HP, well.. I understand why it wasn’t worth the hype for you. What you said is totally true! I read HP when I was young, in fact, it’s my first book ever, so I formed a sentimental connection to the series, maybe that’s why it’s irreplaceable in my heart.

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  9. Anna and the French Kiss! I never read the book but I remember seeing the title a lot back in high school. To this day I don’t know what it’s about, or if the general consensus is positive or negative, but I saw the book cover constantly. It’s tough reading a book after a ton of hype… it’s like you either need to love it as much as everyone promises or your passion just won’t be enough.

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  10. I think Harry Potter is overhyped as well! The wizarding world is pretty cool, but the books themselves aren’t as great as they’re credited to be

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  11. I love Anna and the French Kiss but I feel like if I read it for the first time now, I definitely wouldn’t. And even though Harry Potter is my favourite series ever, I get where you’re coming from lol. It’s definitely a flawed series but I read it at the right time in my life, so I still love it

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  12. Harry Potter is one of my favourite series, but I feel like part of the reason is because of the fandom that was happening when the books were being released. I think if I’d read it after all the books came out, it would have been a more commercial, less exciting experience, it’s become a bit overly commercial

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  13. I didn’t read HP until I was 19/20 and the first 4 books were already out. I live the series, but I definitely connected more with other YA fantasy books that were out when I was a teen (and also have less gaping hole plot points). No pitchforks coming for you from me!! 😘

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  14. I agree w everything here and I am so happpyyyyy bc YOU UNDERSTAND MY FEELINGS. Emergency Contact was such a sh*tty book and I was so mad, plus Eliza and her MOnsters???? OVERLY HYPED 10000%

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