I was 100% duped into requesting Ten Things My Cat Hates About You by Lottie Lucas because of this book’s title. It’s definitely one that gets your attention and then attacks your nostalgia in a way that just says, “read me!” As an avid fan of the movie, 10 Things I Hate About You, some part of my brain was telling me that this book had to at least be somewhat worthy of my attention with a title like that. And the plot sounded fun… well, fun-ish; the cat was amusing. So, I gave it a read, and, well–
I think my biggest issue with Ten Things My Cat Hates About You was that the book was so damn boring. I couldn’t get into any of it. None of the characters were interesting. I didn’t have fun with a single second of reading this book. And for something that should have been a romantic comedy, that’s really bad. But honestly? From main the character, who works at a museum, to the veterinarian, to the professor, to her friends…everyone was just so dull and poorly developed. The most interesting person in the whole novel was her brother and even his blatantly obvious story wasn’t much to shout about.
Also that cat?
Utterly pointless and dumb. He basically just existed as a plot point to occasionally move the story along. The entire novel is titled after this creature and he was both annoyingly irrelevant in most cases and nothing more than a plot device in others. I just…why?
But worst of all–
This is a romance novel. So, where in the hell was the chemistry between the end couple? There was, at times, more chemistry between the couple you knew wasn’t going to happen than the pairing that the novel ended with. The love triangle itself was thoroughly unnecessary in the first place but it ultimately just took massively from whatever supposed chemistry the main character was supposed to have with the other guy.
Also, who the hell falls onto someone’s lips??
Everything about this book was contrived.
Honestly, I think that statement just about covers it for me. There’s nothing really inherently wrong with the writing, I suppose. But, damn, the romance makes no sense and the book was so boring.
I was provided a free copy of this book via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.