QOTD: which is the most hyped book that you absolutely didn't enjoy? 📖
Review alert!! 🚨
'Love in the present tense' by Catherine Ryan Hyde, is not the most hyped book ever known, but to be honest, it was a complete waste of time for me after 'The subtle art of not giving a f*ck'.
I picked this book from a book fair at a really affordable price without even knowing what others has to say about it. The cover has a very interesting line written on it which somewhat fascinated me a bit towards it. There are people who have raved about it over goodreads, but I don't know and understand what was so delightful about it apart from the relationship of Mitch (the neighbor next door) and Leonard (the 5 year old who has been left by his mother at the threshold of Mitch's door one fine morning). 🍃
The novel is written in alternating chapters in the voices of three different individuals. First is Pearl, a mixed race teenager who has a child at the age of 12. Next is Leonard, Pearl's 5 years old son, and the last is, Mitch, Pearl's next door neighbor. The story is basically, one fine morning, Pearl leaves Leonard at Mitch's place and never returns. Initially, Leonard builds up an emotional relationship with Mitch who, considering the neighbor, loved Leonard more or less like a father. The story isn't that bad, neither gripping. There was something not completely satisfying about this book. 🍃
PS: I must just clearly say that it's a very short novel (not a novella. Yes I know what novella is 🙃) but considering it's size, I was unable to complete it within a day or so because I didn't find it gripping. 🤷🏻♀️ Please don't hate me for telling the truth. 😬