|I like how she's holding it up by her pinched fingers, like a piece of refuse|
The Girl Who Became a Beatle
Speaking of great concepts never used... I also read Loss this year and could have put it up there. But Breath really cemented it. I already set myself up to be disappointed, but Breath annihilated all my expectations. It was so boring, so uneventful. Devoid of any sympathetic characters. Two people whining on a balcony. Seriously.
The Casual Vacancy
The book is just boring. It's a long epic about douchebag families, either in poverty or not, with petty problems. It feels more like one of those PBS soap operas imported from England. The text just goes on and on and on and nothing happens. Plot threads are left hanging. There is no turning event until halfway through the book. And it's a long book. It's not like I was expecting Harry Potter. But you'd never know this was written by someone with her own theme park.