Good grief! You Reading Addicts are an opinionated lot! We asked you to select the book that you feel had the worst ending and the replies came flooding in.
Now, for me, a poor ending is one that you feel is unbelievable, that just doesn’t ring true. I have no problem with one that leaves me feeling cross, or sad… if it moves you, well that’s a GOOD ending. What I hate is to put a book down feeling like I’ve been cheated. I loved the first two books in the Twilight series, but the third one? Breaking Dawn was so poor, so unbelievable, that it spoiled the whole experience.
Some of you chose books that left you feeling angry or sad. Some, like me, listed those that you thought let you down. But, apart from Twilight #3, the answers are all yours; so here are the top twenty worst endings… EVER!
Gone Girl – Gillian Flynn
Although I read this myself recently and actually thought the end quite fitting, I can easily see so many hate it. it’s a wonderful book, but Gone Girl tops the list of bad endings.
The Fault in Our Stars ~ John Green
So many of you thought the ending of this was too sad and some thought the whole ending was just ridiculous. Either way, 36 of you voted to put this in fourth place. If you haven’t read it, you can find a review here.
So that’s the top 5, but you named almost 200 books in all, whittled down to 20 by us.
Breaking Dawn/The Twilight Saga – Stephenie Meyer
Under the Dome – Stephen King
HP and the Deathly Hallows – J. K. Rowling
The Gunslinger/Dark Towers series – Stephen King
The Giver – Lois Lowry
Gone with the Wind – Margaret Mitchell
Atonement – Ian McEwan
The Great Gatsby – F. Scott Fitzgerald
Looking for Alaska – John Green
Inheritance Cycle/Eragon Series – Christopher Paolini
Freed/50 Shades of Grey – E. L James
The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas – John Boyne
It – Stephen King
Tess of the D’urbervilles – Thomas Hardy
The Lovely Bones – Alice Sebold
So there they are, the top 20 books you said had the worst ever ending. Feel free to add some more in the comments.