Top Ten Tuesday is a meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. This week our topic is Top Ten Books That Left Me With My Mouth Hanging Open. This one was really tough for me, because there are tons of books that have totally shocking, cliffhanger endings, but I made an effort here to list the ones I either a) couldn’t stop talking or thinking about or b) never saw coming. I’ll do my best not to get too spoilery:
2. Delirium by Lauren Oliver– Gosh this is hard. I wish I could say why I was upset and crying my eyes out at the end of this one, but I don’t want to spoil it. It’s killing me though! I’m holding to the belief that my tears were needless, but I’m just not sure.
3. Princess on the Brink by Meg Cabot– I love this series, including this book, and I know it seems silly to include it—but the ending gave me a sad face. Books from the Princess Diaries series are supposed to always end happily, with the protagonist in the arms of Michael Moscovitz Fake Man of My Dreams instead of at live performance of Beauty and the Beast with a corn hater who smells like dry cleaning fluid and has floppy hair. In fact, in all books, every heroine should end up with Michael Moscovitz.
4. Revolutionary Road by Richard Yates– I read this a couple of years before the film came out and I haven’t read it since. It not that it isn’t an excellent book—it is. It’s a good story and it’s very well written, but the ending! Dear, sweet, holy bananas, I couldn’t take it! I didn’t care for these characters on any emotional level, but I was struck by their careless, selfish attitudes and with the final actions taken. I couldn’t stop thinking about it afterward because it gave me such a yucky, awful feeling.
6. Atonement By Ian McEwan– Oh this book is so fantastic. I love it. Mr. McEwan had me going the whole time with his sexy library business and naughty letters full of words I’d never say. I loved Robbie and Cecelia. I loved being wrapped up in the time period and the lush imagery. The ending totally shocked me though. I never saw it coming. Never! Funny enough, I took my husband to see the movie and he was totally engrossed—until the end. I think he was actually angry that he got sucked into it all. He felt tricked. Boys are funny that way. Even grown up boys who read murder mysteries where the killer is always someone close to the investigation—someone you’d never think did it. Not that I’m naming names or anything.
7. Harry Potter and The Order of the Half Blood Prince by JK Rowling– This will be spoilery, you know, if you live under a rock. I read this series after all the books came out, so I’d already heard that Dumbledore was a goner. The end shouldn’t have shocked me, but it totally did! I knew it was coming, but I wasn’t prepared for the way it went down. Also, call me crazy, but I was shocked at who the half blood prince was. I’m slow that way.
8. Never Let Me Go. by Kazumo Ishiguro– This ending shouldn’t have shocked me. I mean, the author spent the entire book preparing me for it. The characters know it’s coming. I should have known how it would all turn out, but I kept thinking (or maybe hoping) that they’d find a way out of it all. It completely haunted me for days afterward.
9. If I Stay by Gayle Forman– This ending was not shocking to me, but I thought that the way Forman had it come about— with the music and the very specific things said by a very specific person—it just took a completely beautiful and emotionally engrossing book to a whole new level for me. This is one I couldn’t forget when I put it down and it still has the same impact one me every time I read it.
10. My Sister’s Keeper by Jodi Picoult– Now don’t get all judgey on me. My very good friend asked me to read this because she wanted to see my reaction. So here it is. I am not a fan of this type of book because I think they are extremely manipulative. This is the only Picoult book I’ve ever read and it is the only one I will ever read. Why? BECAUSE IT WAS SO FREAKING MANIUPULATIVE!!!! Shocker! I thought that alot of it was good and conveyed great emotion, but the ending made me want to burn it. It was heartless and I actually screamed out of anger and sadness (as a mom it just killed me) when she did what she did. Oh yes Ms. Picoult, you know what you did.