I am reading The Art of Racing in the Rain, by Garth Stein. I’m about three fourths of the way through. I’m reading it for my book group. It was not my pick. It would have never been my pick. The topic and the writing style are totally… not… me. When I imagine reviewing it or (oy!) discussing it at book group, the only adjectives that come to mind are “cheesy,” “preachy,” “sentimental,” and so forth. My Inner Cynic is having a field day with this.
But I sorta feel like that’s not fair to the book. It can’t help it if it’s a preachy life lessons type of book. It might be the best preachy life lessons book in the universe. It’s not its fault that I’m predisposed to hate it.
Do you review books you hated? Why or why not?