(See the intro post for all the daily themes.)
Day 29 – A genre novel you thought you wouldn’t like, but ended up loving.
Okay, so I’m kind of cheating here. It’s not so much that I didn’t think I’d like this one, or that I thought I wouldn’t like (because I try to avoid reading books that I actively think I’ll dislike), but I didn’t think I’d enjoy this one quite as much as I ended up doing. I figured it would be your average YA read, interesting premise but so-so follow-through, or too much of an emphasis on romance in inappropriate places. A good book, but probably nothing to write home about.
And then I read it, and was amazed by the realism, the character interactions, the way the plot hinted without giving away more than need be, the way the book revealed so many uncomfortable things about the nature of society and human behaviour patterns that books for younger folk tend to gloss over, or else relegate to nonhuman characters and so therefore can demonize not only the problem but the people doing it. It was a damn good book, and I was surprised at just how good.