DNF ALERT! BITTERSWEET by Miranda Beverly-Whittemore

Folks, it appears that we are in a DNF situation.

I requested Bittersweet from the library because breathless reviews told me that it would be impossible to put down, that it was one of THE reads of the summer. It’s about a girl who goes home with her college roommate to a compound in New Hampshire where the roommate’s large, rich family spends its summers. Shadows and secrets abound.

I started Bittersweet last week, and am about 120 pages in. Now the book is overdue; I can’t extend it because it has holds at the library; and I am going to give up and not finish it. I can’t remember the last time I  didn’t finish a book. Here’s why I am giving up:

  1. 1. It just isn’t grabbing me. I’ve had long stretches to read (ie cross-country flights) and I couldn’t get into it.
  2. I think I got my fill of rich WASPs on summer compounds with We Were Liars.
  3. The characters are inscrutable and inconsistent, in addition to being unlikeable.
  4. I went on Goodreads and learned the Big Secrets from people’s spoiler reviews.
  5. I cannot stand having overdue books. Like the Tell Tale Heart beating beneath the floorboards, overdue library books eat at me, emitting a disapproving glow from wherever they are in the house until I return them. This one is a week (!) late.

So I’ve blown a whole summer week on Bittersweet and can’t even add it to my yearly book count. Oh well. Life’s too short; I’m moving on.


  • July 21, 2014 - 4:17 pm | Permalink

    Life is too short to read books that we don’t like. I’ve learned that since I started reviewing. Move on. Find something you do enjoy!

  • August 10, 2014 - 1:48 pm | Permalink

    Second what Holly said–life’s too short to read books that don’t grab us. But I’m surprised on this one… I’ve heard so many good things!

    • gayle
      August 19, 2014 - 7:54 am | Permalink

      Yeah, I was surprised too.

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