September 21, 2016

Book Review Wednesday: Sweetbitter

I was really excited to read Sweetbitter. It was one of those books where the cover drew me in just as much as the summary did.

It was described as a coming of age novel, a girl coming to New York and figuring out her way. It sounded like I would love it -- who doesn't love a good "coming of age novel"?

Uh, well I was surely mistaken.



The book follows around Tess, who moves to New York from I'm assuming New Jersey (not that far from home), and she gets a job at the best restaurant in town. Almost the entire book is about her working at this restaurant/wine bar and the cast of characters that comes through the doors.

Still, it doesn't sound so bad.

Well, it was.

My goodness, I really hated this book. I couldn't wait for it to be over. I listened to it on Audible and it was incredibly long. I didn't stop listening to it because I thought it would pick up and something truly shocking would happen.

It never did.

This was one of the most anti-climatic books ever, and Tess was a very annoying protagonist. She was very whiny, and I really didn't feel bad for her at any point in the book, even though she played the victim very well.

There was a lot of drugs and drinking in the book; the book was all over the place, jumping from one scene to another without wrapping up the previous scene. I felt like it moved at a glacial pace and nothing ever really happened.

I couldn't even tell you what the book was about, because none of it made sense. I think it was supposed to be a little poetic, that's what some reviews said, but it was just too much for me. I felt like I really didn't understand what was going on half the time.

I usually don't write this negative of a review of a book, but I know that this book has gotten a lot of hype, and a lot of people want to read it; if you've been reading my Book Review Wednesday series for a while, and have similar taste as me, don't waste your time. This book was all over the place.

What was a bad book you read lately?

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