Suggested by Janet:
How about, “What’s the worst ‘best’ book you’ve ever read — the one everyone says is so great, but you can’t figure out why?
I absolutely loathed Sophie’s Choice - I really can’t think why I kept on reading it. The narrator’s inability to keep his mind out of the gutter disgusted me, and I really wish my mind had a “delete” button. I couldn’t even finish Looking For Mr Goodbar; talk about tedious. I skipped ahead to see if Theresa would do something other than get high and pick up men, but she didn’t so I quit and didn’t care whether she got killed or not.
On the local front there was The Girl Most Likely, a Brisbane book that got raved about several years ago. I don’t generally read (or care for) chick lit but decided to read it to see what the fuss was about. And I hated it. Largely because of the spineless heroine and the party where she a. told a pack of improbable lies to make her life sound more impressive, and b. got so blind drunk that the next morning, she couldn’t remember if she had or had not had sex behind the barbecue with her host’s 17-year-old brother. Who she had, the year before, tutored in Year 10 modern history.