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Books with terrible endings.

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Zahraisabelle L

Zahraisabelle L.

XANADU,
Sweden

4830 posts

Don't you just hate that?
I just read a book where I didn't understand the ending AT ALL.

(If anyone has read the book The Story Of Edgar Sawtelle please message me and tell me what the fuck happened) :'D

So here is the place to hint people on what books have sucky endings, no spoilers though.
Or tell me what kind of endings you prefer or dislike in general.

over 4 years ago

#51
Charlotte S

Charlotte S.

ENGLAND,
United Kingdom

654 posts

harry potter... Y DID IT HAVE TO END

0 · May 31, 2011

#52
Ceci L

Ceci L.

DORSET,
United Kingdom

240 posts

@Viki C.

Agreed! I would have changed the whole ending.

0 · June 15, 2011

#53
Robin H

Robin H.

PLYMOUTH,
United Kingdom

3232 posts

Breaking Dawn. that whole book was a shit ending

0 · June 15, 2011

#55
Aubree Elizabeth

Aubree E.

PHOENIX, AZ,
United States

104 posts

'The Bell Jar' just makes me mad.
To those who think it's the female equivalent to 'Catcher in the Rye'....


WHAT. THE. F***ING. HELL.

0 · June 17, 2011

#56
Dana Lee

Dana L.

NO WHERE,
Philippines

2347 posts

Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher. For me, it ended quite awkwardly.
Oh, Her Fearful Symmetry was another one. I don't think she used the right words to end it.

0 · June 17, 2011

#57
Kirsty M

Kirsty M.

WALES,
United Kingdom

371 posts

Not exactly a book, more a short story but 'The Withered Arm' by Thomas Hardy was dreadful. One of those that come across as though he was really bored of writing and had no ideas so he just thought "Fuck it!". Another ending that I think is dreadful is "Romeo and Juliet" - Shakespeare. I know there'll be a lot of people who disagree with me but I truly believe good ol' Will was having an off day when he wrote the final act. Love x

0 · June 17, 2011

#58
Elise :]

Elise :.

SYDNEY,
Australia

929 posts

Every Jodi Picoult book. ARGHH.

0 · June 18, 2011

#59
Mary Madeline

Mary M.

TEXAS,
United States

80 posts

Villette by Charlotte Bronte. I felt really dismayed when I finished it. Almost the whole book was spent building up to something, but in the end it was all just torn down. But it did make the rest of the book a ton more believable. It was almost sort of necessary.

0 · July 19, 2011

#60
Kate Mckay

Kate M.

NEWCASTLE,
United Kingdom

102 posts

the ending of 'catcher in the rye' was such a disappointment to me, i expected it to be a lot better than it was

0 · August 4, 2011

#61
Chris Fox

Chris F.

FORT WORTH, TEXAS,
United States

6948 posts

@Kate M.

That entire book was a disappointment given all the hype people praise it with.

0 · August 23, 2011

#62
Chris Fox

Chris F.

FORT WORTH, TEXAS,
United States

6948 posts

Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins. It's like she just completely gave up on the plot... characters... world. "I'M SICK OF THIS BOOK, let's just tie up these loose ends and be done with it." So awful.

0 · August 23, 2011

#63
Molly G

Molly G.

United Kingdom

73 posts

Dear John, arrgh. The ending really annoyed me.

0 · August 23, 2011

#64
Tim G.

Tim G.

OUDENAARDE,
Belgium

237 posts

Books of Japanese writers.
They always let the main character's beloved ones die.
It's often very frustrating. (':

0 · August 23, 2011

#65
Cass E.

Cass E.

NERDFORD,
United Kingdom

851 posts

Harry Potter. What a huge shame.

0 · August 23, 2011

#66
Kate Mckay

Kate M.

NEWCASTLE,
United Kingdom

102 posts

@Chris F.

I did enjoy the book but I do agree that it gets far too much praise.

0 · August 24, 2011

#67
Steph Banks

Steph B.

YORK,
United Kingdom

275 posts

@Viki C.

yup, ending to harry potter was terrible!

0 · January 14, 2012

#68
Becky Bedbug

Becky B.

2005,
United Kingdom

1082 posts

@Cass E.

I was going to say that.

I am a die-hard Harry Potter fan but from the age of 11, I wanted him to sacrifice himself and die for the greater good, all Jesus Christ-stylee. I was so passionate about how much I wanted him to die.

And then what do I get? "All was well"? Fuck off!

0 · January 14, 2012

#69
Cass E.

Cass E.

NERDFORD,
United Kingdom

851 posts

@Becky B.

GREATER GOOD
Yeah, I read and loved Potter since I was, let's see, 5 (bloody hell), and I don't remember when I decided I wanted Potter dead for the greater good (I don't think that far ahead like you xD) but I agree. Nothing's self-sacrificingly stylish as self-sacrificing Jesus-Christ-style!

0 · January 14, 2012

#70
Becky Bedbug

Becky B.

2005,
United Kingdom

1082 posts

@Cass E.

Self-sacrifyingly stylish! I love the alliteration!

0 · January 14, 2012

#71
Cass E.

Cass E.

NERDFORD,
United Kingdom

851 posts

@Becky B.

Bit of a mouthful, isn't it? xD

0 · January 14, 2012

#72
Becky Bedbug

Becky B.

2005,
United Kingdom

1082 posts

@Cass E.

Haha did you say it aloud too?

0 · January 14, 2012

#73
Vera S.

Vera S.

GERMANY,
Germany

287 posts

everything written by kafka :D

0 · January 15, 2012

#77
Noah Nostalgia

Noah N.

A PLACE WHERE I LONG TO FORGET,
Saint Vincent and the Grenadines

466 posts

@Diana A.

How did it end in the book??

0 · March 24, 2012

#78
MaryAlice M

MaryAlice M.

DALLAS,
United States

1046 posts

The Tangle Wood Secret (scarred me when I was a child) wretched ending.

0 · March 26, 2012

#79
Rose Uy

Rose U.

Philippines

427 posts

The Kidnapping of Christina Lattimore ending pissed me off! I wasn't expecting that the happening will be shifted to the main character who was the main victim in the crime. I kind' like it at first, but when I continue reading, it just gave me a puzzled mind...

0 · March 28, 2012

#80
Margaret S

Margaret S.

DALLAS,
United States

9 posts

Books with terrible endings are the worst thing ever. A few months ago I was reading, "The Phantom of Manhattan" by Frederick Forsooth (I think) and the ending was the worst! It wasn't even how it ended that made me mad, it was the way it was written. There was no climax; it was so monotone and unemotional I wanted to scream. Thankfully, I didn't spend too much money on the book...

0 · May 6, 2012

#81
Shaz Omg

Shaz O.

United Kingdom

1319 posts

@Alexe G.

what happens in the book?

0 · May 7, 2012

#82
Shaz Omg

Shaz O.

United Kingdom

1319 posts

Handmaids Tale by Margaret Atwood, amazing futuristic Novel, but i do not understand what actually happens in the end

0 · May 7, 2012

#83
Peter D.

Peter D.

VENUS,
Philippines

283 posts

Im not really a bookworm or such, but I've finished reading mockingjay (third installment of the hunger games trilogy) I didnt like the epilogue. I didnt felt that satisfying feeling when I finished the book :| I really dont like the epilogue its like it was not suzanne writing, or it was probably rushed or she ran out of ideas to wrap up the ending.

anyway I agree with Jen.

0 · May 8, 2012

#85
Erin V

Erin V.

MANILA,
Philippines

243 posts

@Diana A.

I hate it too! This is the only time I like the movie better than the book. I hate the ending but like the whole concept of the book

0 · May 10, 2012

#87
Ciara Baron

Ciara B.

ENGLAND,
United Kingdom

127 posts

Witch Child, A Series of Unfortunate Events and The Hunger Games.

0 · June 1, 2012

#88
Ciara Baron

Ciara B.

ENGLAND,
United Kingdom

127 posts

My Sisters Keeper had a fantastic ending, but when they made a film out of it they completely ruined it with one vital change.

0 · June 1, 2012

#90
Selina M

Selina M.

LONDON,
United Kingdom

4701 posts

i hated an aspect of the ending of birdsong. it wasn't the ending that pissed me off, it was the character that ended it. the least deserving character to have done so IMO

0 · July 3, 2012

#91
Katia Novak

Katia N.

THE BLACK FOREST,
United States

226 posts

Mockingjay. That book was a peice of shit.

0 · July 3, 2012

#94
Krystal Kelly

Krystal K.

WATERLOO, ONTARIO,
Canada

5 posts

Catcher in the Rye

0 · July 9, 2012

#95
Megan H

Megan H.

CALIFORNIA,
United States

40 posts

hunger games! :( just disappointing (well the last ending for mockingjay)

0 · July 23, 2012

#96
Bitter Sweet

Bitter S.

Europe

55 posts

The novel (fairy tale) The Little White Horse by Elizabeth Goudge just disappointed me, when I finished it I was like: Why? Why would someone make up such an end, kids are reading it! Well to be honest, I had some issues with it during the storytelling too, some things were just too unpropable, they would just not work (and I am not speaking of the unicorn now). The movie that gained inspiration from the novel was way better (The Secret of Moonacre).

0 · November 1, 2013

#97
Selina M

Selina M.

LONDON,
United Kingdom

4701 posts

there are so many books with terrible endings but i took issue with the ending of 'birdsong' by sebastian faulks. not because the ending was that bad, it was the best way to end it but it was the wrong person. why was the married lover, father of elisabeth's child the one to finish it? the ending thoughts are great but it should have been elisabeth and their son, not him. he was the least deserving person, he was a minor character that rarely featured, he deserted his wife and daughters, panicked when he had to help her give birth and he gets the affirmative life message at the end. absolutely terrible

0 · November 2, 2013

  

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