E. Lockhart is that author that I was just destined to not like. I’ve read We Were Liars, Fly on the Wall and The Boyfriend List are all of them were really meh for me. It sucks because I know quite a few people who are big fans of hers, and I really wanted to like her but she’s just not for me.
I think the main reason is because I can’t stand her protagonists. To me, they feel very young and one-dimensional, and so I struggle to connect with them at all. I’d hope to love Ruby Oliver—I’d heard good things about the representation of anxiety in her series, but I just found her bland. Her anxiety felt real, but the rest of the story didn’t.
I was sent the entire series for review, which is the only reason I pushed through the first book. By the time I read the first chapter of the second book I knew I had to give up. Ruby was already driving me up the wall, and I didn’t care about any of the other characters enough to keep me reading. The idea of reading the remaining three books in the series made me feel like putting my head through a wall.
The female friendships in the book annoyed me too. I have an amazing little group in Michelle, Angel and Miranda and reading about how Ruby’s ‘friends’ treated her made me feel sick. I know firsthand that girls are cruel, but in a book that teenage girls would read, I just wanted one healthy friendship. Is that so much to ask for?
I always try to give authors second chances, but I honestly wish I’d given up on E. Lockhart before I’d even made it to the 100-page mark of We Were Liars. I’m sorry if you’re a fan of E. Lockhart, but I just never will be.