I don’t mark many books as DNF (did not finish). Usually I either force my way through them or forget about them all together, deleting them from Goodreads like I never began reading in the first place.
The real reason for this is that I don’t feel right rating books I haven’t finished. But, I recently realized, that doesn’t mean I can’t review them.
I’m not sure how many of these there will be, but I felt my opinion for this one should go someplace – most reviewers seem to love this one, and I’ve heard over and over how great it is, so I figured it would be nice to share a different opinion.
Onto the review:
I just don’t see what made everyone love this one. I didn’t relate to Greg in the slightest – which in itself isn’t a bad thing. I enjoy reading about characters I disagree with and even dislike. Getting different viewpoints and reading from new perspectives is what reading is about. The thing is, I just didn’t like his voice.
I read on hoping I could connect to one of the other characters, but I didn’t enjoy Earl either from what I read of him (although I didn’t get far enough to see how he was in person). And Rachel annoyed me a lot, probably more than Greg.
Many people have found this book funny, but I don’t relate to the sense of humor. I’m not offended by it or anything – I just don’t find it hilarious. A couple of times I smiled, but nothing more.
The script format threw me off as well, even though I’ve read books written that way and loved them. The writing style as a whole was repetitive and too flawed for me (although I recognize that these flaws are due to Greg’s inexperience and the fact that this is supposed to be a book written by him).
Overall, this one just wasn’t for me. And so many things didn’t work for me that I had to write them here, because I feel like they aren’t really mentioned in reviews – or at least not the ones I’ve seen.