**SPOILER ALERT: There is a good chance I may blurt out the ending of several books. Proceed with caution ***
Okay, I just recently finished (or almost finished), "The Friday Night Knitting Club" by Kate Jacobs.
...now's the time to go away if you don't wnat to know what happened...
Are they gone?
Holy crap that ending sucked!!! I was one hundred pages away from the ending and I was absolutely restless with where this book was going - it was just too positive and things were going way too well. I did what I usually didn't do and I skipped ahead and scanned through the rest.
Alright, here is the spoiler part - there is a death at the end.
I don't like an unexpected death in a book. Especially a main character death that came out of nowhere.
I don't mind it, when I'm fully prepared for the death. In "I Know This Much is True" by Wally Lamb, there is a death, but it definitely isn't a surprise. It's something I expected considering where one of the characters was going in the book. In "At Risk" by Alice Hoffman, the main character was a girl with HIV/AIDs. This was another death I expected.
In a more recent book I finished, "The Fault in Our Stars" by John Green, it had a death, too, but it leaned towards a surprise death, because of who ended up dying. Yet, it wasn't too much of a surprise because the majority of the characters were dealing with serious diseases.
In the book "Love Story" by Erich Segal (inspired the iconic movie), it started out saying there would be a death (but I cried at the end anyways, of course). Yet, it was brilliant and it captured the hearts of us all (because we were PREPARED for what would happen, obviously; can you imagine the protests that would have happened had we not been?).
I can go on. I can continue listing out brilliant novels with sad endings. Death endings. Death endings I was 1) prepared for 2) seemed to make sense considering the plot line and 3) ...was not a total slap in the face.
This ending was a slap in the face. This wasn't supposed to happen and I damn near threw this book across the room in protest (I did shout, though; totally shouted).
This pissed me off a lot because the book was so happy and pleasant and soothing. I've read these types of books before and I know that the book will be like this. I expect it and I don't expect it will go into deep issues and that's okay. I don't mind. But when a happy book (and kind of shallow book, to be honest) becomes suddenly heavy duty sad...what the heck???
Anyways, I had to rant. I couldn't take this sitting down (even though I am sitting as I type this...just imagine me standing with my fist shaking at the sky).
Rant with me - what book enraged you the most lately? What was the worst book ending you've ever read?