Friday Fives | Books with Disappointing Endings

Posted May 28, 2021 by TheNonbinaryLibrarian in friday fives / 2 Comments

I started #FridayFavorites back when I started up the blog again and wanted to make sure I kept at least one regular post a week. This was, of course, before I knew there were others out there. But I decided to keep it, especially since I have the whole year planned out. In December, I decided to change it to #FridayFives instead to have more room for topics. If anyone wants to join me, the list for future topics can be found here.

Sometimes you finish a book and are left unsatisfied. You wanted something more or different at the ending, but here you are, and all you can do is complain. Here we go, endings that left me disappointed!

This book was not about atoning for anything! Briony told us what happened with everyone, then you turn the page for the epilogue and find out it was all bullshit! She didn’t atone for anything, and while narratively this was an interesting book to read, it was just an unsatisfying ending.


Spoiler-alert: they both die at the end! All those pages, and both the brother and sister die at the end! I’m bitter, and I will remain bitter!


I actually used to highly recommend this book to people after I first read it, but now looking back, I find it problematic. I’m super uncomfortable with the idea that Sarah has less power in the relationship with Linda because of how their relationship started. Also, I don’t understand the reason why they’re still together and going to college together. I’m mostly confused!


I just felt that all the deaths at the end were for the wow factor. I’m also frustrated by the complete 180 Katniss does on having kids, it just didn’t seem to go with her character’s personality. I understand that because the games were shut down, and it was “safe,” but still the fact that Peeta had to convince her just sits wrong with me.


This was supposed to be a fun/funny read over the Christmas holidays. Instead, I was frustrated and by the time I finished, I was angry. No one can communicate properly in this family and what was the point of having Olivia’s boyfriend (whose name I’ve completely forgot) die! This was just not the book I expected when I first picked it up.


Happy Reading Lovelies!

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2 responses to “Friday Fives | Books with Disappointing Endings

  1. I haven’t read three of these but I totally agree on the other two. Atonement annoyed me to NO. END. Wtf. Just let them have a happy ending, or at least ACTUALLY. ATONE. JAYSUS.

    And Mockingjay was just rude. I felt like Katnis wasn’t her anymore. 😒

    But thank you for saving me from Seven Days of Us. That’s been on my TBR list for a while and now I’ll happily take it off. 🤣 Down to 611 books……🤦‍♀️

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