45. To Paradise by Hanya Yanagihara
I am so mad at this book and probably somewhat unfairly giving it a worse rating than I would have otherwise if I didn’t hold such high expectations for it. A Little Life, the author’s previous book, was one of the most beautiful, devastating books I have read in the last decade. So I was very excited for this new book. It came nowhere close to meeting my expectations. First of all, it’s not even really a single book. It’s really three books shoved into one with repeating character names and some overlapping themes showing up in each section, but nothing that felt like a full fledged connection between the three parts. It was like the author had multiple ideas of books to write and couldn’t decide which one to go with so thought why not shove them all in a single book that makes no sense. So frustrating. Especially since I actually did want to know what was going to happen to the characters in part one where that left off. Even worse it gets teased by some storyteller in the future, but then the storyteller never gets to tell the story either. Argh! What a disappointment. I give it 4 out of 10.