We’ve all been there. You’re browsing the bookshop/library/Goodreads and find a book that looks interesting. A few lines into the synopsis, there’s a spoiler, but you convince yourself it can’t be THAT important, right? Turns out, it’s the biggest twist in the entire book, and you knew it was going to happen the entire time.
These five synopsis are ones you should definitely skip.
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5) ‘Release‘ by Patrick Ness
I think it depends on which version of this book you read, but I’ve seen some very spoilery synopsis since its ‘Release’ (haha!). The UK hardcover edition has a very vague blurb, which is why I had no idea what was going on while I was reading it, but the US edition seems to be more transparent. Safer to avoid, just in case.
4) ‘The Geography Of You And Me‘ by Jennifer E. Smith
When a synopsis uses the word “finally”, you know you’re not in for a good time. The “finally” bit is what you get for reading the book, not something you want to have handed to you on a plate in a brief description! Luckily, the copy of ‘The Geography of You and Me’ that I read didn’t have a blurb on the back. I adored it, but if I’d read the synopsis I don’t think it would have had as much of an impact.
3) ‘My Life Next Door‘ by Huntley Fitzpatrick
‘My Life Next Door’ doesn’t have blatant spoilers, but it hints towards something that happens very close to the end of the book. Instead of relaxing and enjoying this summery romance, I was constantly on edge. I haven’t read any of Huntley’s other novels yet, but I’m definitely going to avoid the backs of her books.
2) ‘The Siren‘ by Kiera Cass
This is particularly applicable to the UK version, which has a vastly different description to the US. The entire plot of the book is summed up in a couple of words. It ended up being one of the most predictable books I’ve ever read, but I still kind of enjoyed it. However, I would have liked it a lot more if it hadn’t spoiled itself.
1) ‘Other Breakable Things‘ by Kelley York and Rowan Altwood
What’s the point in having a will-they-won’t-they relationship if the outcome is spoiled on the blurb?! The most annoying thing about this book is that the spoiler doesn’t even happen until over halfway through. That’s over one hundred pages of knowing exactly what’s going to happen, but not being able to move past it. Yawn.
It seems that contemporary YA novels have more of a problem with spoilery synopsis than other genres. Can you think of any books that were ruined for you based off of what was included on the back?