It's hard to admit it, but here I go. I didn't really dig Code Name Verity. (I know. It's even worse than you thought.) For those of you who don't know, Code Name Verity is the Young Adult book that everyone is talking about this year.
It's set in World War II, and it's about a female fighter pilot who is captured and tortured by the Nazis (great premise, right?). The writing was gorgeous, the characters were unique, and the plot was meticulously crafted, but, still, I couldn't get into it. Every few hundred words I'd have to drag my eyes back to the page, and I probably wouldn't have even finished it if it weren't for the fact that I'm compulsive about finishing books that I start. There are a few specifics that I could point to that I didn't love about the novel, but honestly, more than anything, it just came down to the fact that it never fully drew me in.
I'm sort of a picky (and idiosyncratic) reader so my not loving any particular book isn't that much of a surprise, but everyone loves this book. Dozens of my writer friends have raved (I mean *raved*) over how incredible the book is. When I posted to goodreads that I'd finished it, within seconds I had people asking, "Did you cry at the end?" I felt like too much of a jerk to admit, "No, I was pretty much just glad it was over," but that's the truth of the matter.
I know the readers and writers I respect can't all be wrong, so it must be that there's something wrong with me. Should this make me start questioning my own taste? Are people going to lose respect for me because I wasn't that into the YA standout of the year? Am I completely insane? Probably yes to all three, but what can you do? I like what I like.
Has anyone else ever had a similar experience? In situations like this, is it best to keep your opinions to yourself? That's what I usually do about books I don't like, but it's difficult when everyone is asking you what you thought of a particular book. I hate the idea of being fake, but I'd also hate the idea of an angry mob outside my door.
Now for an announcement that shouldn't make anyone hate me: All the entries are in, and Danielle Smiley is the lucky winner of last week's steampunk giveaway. Congratulations Danielle!