Are these popular books worth it? – Neighbourhood

Written by Ally Abruscato. Graphic by Charlotte Beck.

Whether it’s on TikTok, through a friend, or in a bookstore, we’re constantly bombarded with book recommendations. This is amazing because it allows us to read books we wouldn’t normally read and connect with others based on a shared interest. All this to say: please keep giving me book recommendations! However, social media has meant that the same few books seem to be shared over and over again. This begs the question: are these books actually worth it?

“I’m Glad My Mom Died” by Jennette McCurdy

This book seemed to be at the top of everyone’s list. The eye-catching title certainly generated a lot of dialogue. Jennette McCurdy was a child actress on Nickelodeon who, as a result, had to deal with an abusive mother and many other problems. The book is deeply personal and vulnerable, yet funny in McCurdy’s own way. Although some parts were difficult to read due to their seriousness, it was still an engaging reading experience. This book is worth it.

‘Book Lovers’ by Emily Henry

I must have seen this book in every BookTok I looked at. While I’m not normally a fan of romance, I read it to see what the hype was about. Unfortunately, I didn’t understand what made it so special. To me it was like a lot of other romance books with the same formula of a tough girl from the big city falling in love in a small town. While the book is still entertaining, I don’t think it’s worth it.

‘Normal People’ by Sally Rooney

When it comes to romance, I really enjoyed “Normal People.” The complex character and their relationships kept me interested in their lives. The book follows the difficult relationship of two people as they move from high school to college. Even though it wasn’t heavy, the book was an intriguing character study. I think this book is worth it.

‘Daisy Jones & The Six’ by Taylor Jenkins Reid

It is not without reason that Taylor Jenkins Reid was my most read author of 2023. Her books have complicated characters, but are still easy to digest and read quickly. “Daisy Jones & The Six” documents the fictional trials and tribulations of a band as it forms and ultimately falls apart. The way it is written is unique and engaging. I agree that this book is worth it.

“My Year of Rest and Relaxation” by Otessa Moshfegh

My deepest apologies to our Creative Director, Charlotte Beck, who recommended this book. Although I have heard many people enjoy it, “My Year of Rest and Relaxation” only made me feel uneasy. It was convincing, but I wondered what the point was. Much to my disappointment, this book is not worth it.

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