Book Snarks

Ah, the beloved book snark.

Sure, there’s a lot of fun to be had in loling and rolling eyes at poorly written plots, flat characters, and nonsensical world-building—but there’s something else I want to do by snarking YA novels.

I want to call attention to the deeper, more problematic aspects of these books, in real time, chapter by chapter.

I want to call out every instance of unquestioned misogyny, every moment in which the “romantic guy” is being abusive and manipulative, every hint of racism, homophobia, ableism, and so on. I want to remove readers from the immersive act of reading (where the story can potentially sweep them away and disguise its problematic aspects, as Claudia Gray’s A Thousand Pieces of You hides its rape), and show them, chapter by chapter, every damaging lesson that readers might subconsciously  be learning from their beloved books.

And yes, I also want to highlight poorly written plots, flat characters, nonsensical world-building (etc.), because better-educated readers demand better-written books, and the market is currently flooded with unacceptably substandard YA. In my, uh, humble opinion.

Not all of the books I snark will be equally offensive, but I’ll do my best to only choose novels who carry offensive messages that readers might not have initially picked up on.

Wish me luck.


Book Snarks

Obsidian  — Jennifer L. Armentrout (in progress)
Throne of Glass  — Sarah J. Maas (complete)