6 Books That Left Readers With a Bitter Taste for the Author


They have certain expectations they hope the book will meet. When they’re done reading, they either feel a sense of accomplishment or dissatisfaction.

In an online forum, members discuss the books that have left negative impressions of the author in their minds.

Aron Ralston’s memoir, Between a Rock and a Hard Place, about how he survived after being trapped in a canyon for six days while hiking, didn’t resonate well with some readers.

1. Between a Rock and a Hard Place

Takedown is about the true story of the capture of one of the world’s most wanted hackers, Kevin Mitnick, written by computer security expert Tsutomu Shimomura. The readers on the platform said they read the book over 20 years ago, but the author still stuck out as one of the most egotistical and narcissistic techbros they had ever met.

2. Takedown

Hollywood actor Will Smith’s book, Will, is an autobiography about Smith’s journey from small beginnings to becoming a force in the American movie industry. It describes the achievements a person can make just by the force of their will.

3. Will

JD Vance’s memoir, Hillbilly Elegy, about the struggles of his family as part of working-class America, is supposed to be profound and moving. However, readers complained of his lack of empathy in handling the subject.

4. Hillbilly Elegy

Many people used to love Stephen Fry until they read his autobiography. Many still love him, but his book, The Fry Chronicles, changed their perception of him in many ways. He seemed to have been handed so much in life.

5. The Fry Chronicles

Stephen King’s memoir On Writing chronicled his struggles through life as a young writer and his battles with alcoholism. The stories he tells have depth and are far-reaching

6. On Writing

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