Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Tuesday Thingers

This week's Tuesday Thingers from Wendi.
Questions (yes - there are a bunch - answer one or two . . . or all of them!): What is your least-favorite book(s)? Is your least-favorite book listed in your LT library? If it is listed, do you have anything special in the tags or comments section? How have others rated your least-favorite book?

My least favorite book on my Shelfari shelf is Off-Color by Janet MacDonald. It's a YA novel about a girl who learns she is biracial. I had high expectations for the book. I was sorely disappointed. The characters are flat and so stereotypical it isn't just insulting but frustrating. This could have really been a good story instead it strikes me as lazy writing. There is nothing creative or dynamic here. Not knowing the author, I assumed the writer was white. I thought this was someone who was making an honest attempt of stepping in someone's else's shoes. Boy, was I wrong. The writer is black and highly respected for her body of work. Others who know Ms. MacDonald's work suggested I give her work another look. I will but I'm not motivated to do so anytime soon.

There was one other review, comment and that reader didn't like it either.

7 comments:

Amias said...

I have enjoyed my stay here today, Susan. Checked on Color Online, and effective April 1, I am going to start reading again .. as I am so bored with television.

Thank you for all the encouragement and inspiration you give this old one!

susan said...

Hi Amias, thanks for coming by. Glad to hear to you're inspired to read. Look forward to hearing what you pick up and what you think of your selections. Peace,

Wayne Pitchko said...

Nie site...ill be bakc here time to time..."bohemian mama"...i love it..I think my partner fits that category...she mite not admit it though...enjoy the poetry month

Alyce said...

The concept of the book sounds good. It's too bad that it fell flat.

Yvonne said...

I'm sorry this book turned out to be a disappointment for you. I always hesitate to try the work of an author I didn't like only because there are so many out there that I do like. You know the saying...so many books, so little time...I figure why go back to an author I didn't like. OTOH, I really might like other books written by that same author. But, I do see where you're coming from.

Lenore said...

That's the worst when something has such great potential and then it's just blah. (or worse - offensive!)

Wendi B. - Wendi's Book Corner ~ Rainy Day Reads in Seattle said...

I agree with Alyce that the book sounds like it could have really been great, and it is sad that it didn't meet expectations.

Thanks for stopping by and participating in Thingers last week! I've got the post up for this week, have you seen the new customizable widgets on LT? ~ Wendi