Now on to the usual program. I was reading a book over the weekend, and really enjoying it. I got to about the 80% mark, and the heroine did something so dumb, I stopped reading. I put the book down, unable to continue, because it was like a train wreck happening with people I knew and liked involved, and I didn’t want to put myself through it. Kudos to the author. I loved those characters. I cared about them. And then she made one of them do something out of character, and really stupid, just to add more angst and tension to the plot.
I really felt betrayed as a reader and won’t finish it.
I’ve read other books by this author in the past and this is the first time I’ve been so disappointed, so I’ll read her again, but I was really annoyed, and hated not knowing how it ended, but I wasn’t prepared to go there.
Usually I stop reading MUCH sooner than the 80% mark. I mean, if you’ve got that far, you’ll keep going, generally, unless it really is a misstep, like in the case above. But the book I moved on to, I stopped reading before Chapter Two really got going. I love dark books, but I don’t like depressing books. This one was way over the dark line into depressing. If I want to get depressed, I just need to watch the news on TV, thanks.
So, I’m interested. If a book isn’t doing it for you, for whatever reason, at what point do you throw in the towel? And what hot buttons do you have that once pushed, mean you can’t go on with a story?