You may recall a review I did a while back on a (horrible, painful, godawful) book called Betwixt.
If not, allow me to refresh your memory:
"If I hadn’t been reading this for a challenge, I would have put this book down after about 20 pages. Actually, I probably would have thrown it out the window."
"The best way I can think to explain what it was like reading this is to say it feels like it was written by a teenager who is out of touch with what it means to be a teen. The writing was young and amateurish, stunted and weird."
"It was filled with clichés and contradictions, and the characters (who should have carried the story) were flat and boring. For all of these reasons, it felt like it was written by someone very young. However, the “young” person writing it didn’t seem to have a clue what being a teen is all about. The dialogue is horrendous. It honestly felt at times like it was written by an alien who had come to earth, learned all of its slang and conversational style from outdated, cheesy sitcoms and movies, and combined them all together."
"...there was this weird mish-mash of surfer, hippy, gangster and hipster slang, and more often then not, it wasn’t suited to what was going on. The characters’ verbal reactions to things tended to be delayed and then over the top or weirdly out of place. Smith seemed to think if she just tossed in a few curse words and some drug use and sexuality, she’d have the teen base covered."
"The plot was loopy and pointless, and the ending highly unsatisfying...There are so many things out there to read, in this genre and otherwise, that is seems a shame books like these are out there, taking the spots of ones with much more merit."
"It was a random book pick with a sort of cool cover, and I don't mind a good fairy story, so I thought I would like it.
SO VERY MUCH NOT THE CASE.
Sometimes, when I'm reading a book, not only do I wonder how the author managed to get published, but I mourn a little for the trees that died to bring such a monstrosity to life.
Not quite as bad as the worst book I ever read (Julia Barrett's Charlotte, a completion/murder of Jane Austen's Sanditon), but in the Worst Writing Book-Off, Betwixt takes a solid 2nd."
Well, TV Guide reports that the steaming pile that is Betwixt is being made into a show for the CW. I'm guessing popular one show based on a book means they've gotta have 10 more, and I doubt anyone else was clamoring for the rights to this waste of space.
Who knows, maybe they'll salvage it.
Couldn't possibly be worse...