Let’s go Booking Through Thursday!
“What’s the best ‘worst’ book you’ve ever read — the one you like despite some negative reviews or features?”
As many readers have commented this week, this was a really hard question to answer! I did eventually find a choice by digging through my library on LibraryThing, though — Kathleen Tessaro’s Innocence, a book I reviewed back in November. The book has a whopping average score of 3.14 stars on LT — pretty low — with several 1-star and 2-star ratings in there, too. And I gave it a solid 4-star rating!
The novel is the story of Evie Garlick, a young woman who moves from Ohio to London to try and carve out a place for herself in theatrical world. The big city isn’t anything like she expected, of course, and all sorts of chaos and adventures ensue. She falls in love with a really troubled guy and is “haunted” by the ghost of her old best friend, a wild and unpredictable young woman called Robbie. The book is all about Evie coming to terms with changing dreams and letting go of the past — not easy goals for anyone to accomplish.
Aside from the really mediocre scores the book has garnered on LibraryThing, one reviewer simply stated: “Terrible book. Wish I hadn’t bothered to read it.”
Oh, how I disagree! Sure, the book was a little whacky with the whole dead-best-friend-haunting thing, but I just recognized it for what it was — a trope, a way for Evie to reconnect with the life she lost — her old life — and begin anew in the present. Robbie’s “ghost” was the propellent for change. No problems there.
Plus, you know, I’m an Anglophile. The book is set in London. It has romance, intrigue, a pregnancy, first loves, surprise visits and some college life stuff in there. Sold!
8 thoughts on “Booking Through Thursday: Hey, I like it!”
I have never heard of this book but it sounds great!
I’ve never heard of this one, but it sounds interesting.
I’ve never heard of this one, either. Just another lesson about not putting all your trust in reviews.
I never heard of this one as well, but it does sound good. I don’t let bad reviews get me down, I do enjoy reading them though. Once I finish the book. :p
Thanks for stopping by my post with your great comments. I try not to read reviews until I’m finished the book. I find it more interesting to read them against my own thoughts on the book. I love the cover of Innocence, it looks like fun.
Now this is another prime example that as long as you enjoy a book, it cannot be that bad. Even if just one person thinks so.
I always thought this sounded pretty fun and even almost bought it a couple of times. I’d definitely give it a chance, despite the low ratings.
Thanks for the visit to my place. I was very happy to find BTT for new blog fodder.
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