As you may remember, I participate in Librarything‘s Early Reviewers program. The latest book I received, The 13th Reality, makes two books I’ve received and two books I really did not like. My review of the book was downright mean — it actually made me angry to read this thing, and I opted to shelve my trademark diplomatic demeanor and have at it.
Apparently, the author wasn’t so keen on that. His response is here, at the bottom of the page. I would have preferred something more along the lines of “shut up, you prick”, but instead it looks as if I actually hurt the guy. Guilt, oh yes I feel it.
I must respond in some fashion, but I certainly will not retract my statements. It would appear most readers disagree with me, as the average rating is 3.78 out of 4 on LT and 5 out of 5 on Amazon, so I assume he can take some solace in that.
My forays into Young Adult fiction have been fairly limited, but I get the sense that most readers are grown-ups who forgive poor writing because the target audience is teenagers. I suppose my problem is that I expect everything to be good, that I rank books on a universal scale rather than one limited to genre or intent. Perhaps an approach closer to “it’s OK, if you like that kind of thing” would be a better.