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Top Ten Books That Were Totally Deceiving

Top 10 Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and The Bookish! Today we have compiled a list of 5 books each that have tricked us somehow. Was it because of faulty cover art? Was the summary in the back completely different than the actual contents of the book? Or did you expect a book to be one thing and it turned into something else all together? So, as you can see or will come to see, the word deceiving isn’t necessarily always a bad thing…


1. The Princesses of Iowa by M. Molly Backes

As I’m sure you noticed from my review, I absolutely loved this book. Loved loved. But I was so surprised by how deep this story actually went. (The title suggests something entirely different.) There are also so many sensitive themes explored, as well as this undeniable affection for writing. So deceiving in a good freaking way. This book blew me away.

2. Other Words for Love by Lorriane Zago Rosenthal

I don’t know about you but when I’m perusing the bookstore, I read the backs of books to help me decide if I’m interested in. OWFL made me question those who wrote the back summaries because this one was extremely off. The description focuses on first love and the horrendous pain that comes with heartbreak. But the book was much more about the main character for me and dealing with pressure from her mom, crappy treatment from her sister, and finding her place. I think the love story, though significant, wasn’t the true focal point of this book. (My review.)

3. Various Positions by Martha Schabas

I don’t want to give that much away since I have my review coming up on Friday (finally!). I knew this book contained certain intense and uncomfortable moments, including some super weirdish sexual moments. I was most surprised by the feminine themes, as well as assuming a certain situation went one way because of incinuations on the back of the book. (They didn’t go the way I thought.) I know. Totally vague right? No, it’s not a book just about ballerinas but instead, the darker parts of this profession and self-discovery in dark and difficult ways. (And so worth reading.) (Goodreads)

4. Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins

Judging by the title (and terrible cover), I never would have picked up this book if it wasn’t for a friend’s recommendation. Because, c’mon, what is a 27-year old doing reading a book about french kissing? I’m so glad I didn’t listen to my judgmental self or I never would have become so enraptured with contemporary YA. I still think this book deserves a better cover and title, but whoa it is so much more than a book about a girl getting kissed for the first time. It’s smart, it’s LOL funny, and it makes my stomach flip. Thank the YA lords for this book. (Goodreads)

5. Flat-Out Love by Jessica Park

I have this terrible habit of buying a billion books on my Nook and just letting it sit there. At some point, in all my blog reading, I stumbled across this title and a raving review. When I opened it on my Nook though, it was about 700 pages. HOW WAS I EVER GOING TO FIND TIME TO FINISH THIS? I even told myself if I reached a certain page number and wasn’t into it, I would just give up. (I hate giving up.) But my god. Even though my Nook pages were drastically wrong, I would have read 700 pages. It was such an engrossing story about family and beginning college and relationships. (My review.)


1. Crossed by Allie Condie

This may be an odd choice, and I’m fully aware of that. I suppose I felt most tricked by how captivated I was with Matched. I love, love, loved that book. Couldn’t have raved about it more than I did, and therefore pre-ordered Crossed to be delivered on the release date. I felt so let down. The whole mood had changed and things were so slow. I missed the action-packed, sit-on-the-edge-of-my-seat feeling that captivated me in Matched. I’m still holding out for book three, but my heart broke a little when it wasn’t what I expected. (My review.)

2. The Disenchantments by Nina LaCour

I gave a lot of reasons for why I felt so deceived by The Disenchantments in my review. The cover implies a fun, light-hearted book. I didn’t find it to be that way. It also screamed female protagonist. That it was not. I felt pretty tricked because I fully expected to love every.single.thing about it, and it just kind of fell flat for me. (My review.)

3. The Probability of Miracles by Wendy Wunder

Estelle and I did a joint book report on this book. The impression I received from the summary on the flap of the book was that this would include quite a bit of a sweet romance. NO. Negative. False statement. That was such a minimal part of the book; I loved the bits that did exist, but I’m a girl who loves some romance and I felt betrayed.

4. Me and Earl and the Dying Girl by Jesse Andrews

The title of the book screams I NEED A BOX OF TISSUES WHILE READING THIS. But, don’t be fooled. The book is clever, witty, laugh-out-loud funny, and ridiculously original. (My review.)

5. Populazzi by Elise Allen

I saw this cover and thought it would be a lighter read that I’d breeze through. I did fly through the pages, but that’s mostly because I LOVED the humor and greater messages included in the book. Allen wrote the story so well, and everything felt so authentic. I didn’t want it to end. (My review.)

So, do you have a list of books that were deceiving? Let us know what’s on your list!

June 17, 2012 - 11:50 pm

Alexa @ Alexa Loves Books - I love how unique this topic is – it’s awesome! And the books that you guys mentioned sound like a lot of fun to read. So far, I’ve only read 3/10… We’ll see how I feel about the rest!

April 15, 2012 - 8:01 am

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April 12, 2012 - 1:18 pm

Elise - Magan, I usually hate to be deceptive, but in this case I’m thrilled Populazzi made your “totally deceiving” list. Thanks for the kind words! Estelle, I’m excited to hear that Princesses of Iowa is terrific. I know Molly from The Debutante Ball, and her book is high on my TBR list!



April 11, 2012 - 11:08 pm

Jasmine Rose - I just sat here and laughed to myself because OWFL sounds kind of like “awful” in my head 😛
I totally agree about Matched/Crossed. I loved Matched but Crossed didn’t feel like a part of the same series.
Noooo! I’m so sad you didn’t like The Probability of Miracles. I recently read it and adored it, but I like a good non/minimal romance sometimes.

April 11, 2012 - 10:34 am

Jenny - Magan, I totally agreed with you on Crossed. I loved Matched. I loved it more than The Hunger Games. I was so excited to read Crossed, and I still haven’t finished it. It is so boring and slow that I haven’t been able to get through it. I am glad it’s not me! I keep saying I will finish it, but there are always better books I’m wanting to read more than that one!

April 10, 2012 - 10:11 pm

Christina (BookTasty) - I’m laughing at myself b/c I actually really like the Anna cover and it has been on everyone’s list today! haha I guess I’m missing something. Oh well 🙂

April 10, 2012 - 8:50 pm

Lena - YES! I agree with almost everything in y’all’s list. ANNA has such a terrible cover, but it’s soooo ridiculously good! I was also really upset with CROSSED. I liked the cover more MATCHED, however, the story fell extremely flat. Le sigh.

April 10, 2012 - 7:19 pm

Hannah @ so obsessed with - I completely agree with you on Crossed! I really liked Matched and just finished Crossed two days ago… It wasn’t at all like I expected. I still have hope for the third book, but I’m going to be frustrated if it’s a letdown, too. Anna and the French Kiss also made my list. I really wish they’d given it a better cover!

April 10, 2012 - 4:27 pm

elena - The Princesses of Iowa and Anna and the French Kiss are definitely two books suffering from their title. I wouldn’t have even picked up Anna without all the praise either and of course, I fell in love! The Princesses of Iowa sound like a reality show for me but after your review, I’m going to give it a shot. Eek, I thought The Disenchantments had a female POV too! In fact, it’s waiting in the library for me now. I’m going to have to readjust my expectations for the book. Fantastic list, the both you of you! Now I have books on my TBR that I wouldn’t have taken a second glance at. Never judge a book by its title, I guess.

April 10, 2012 - 2:25 pm

BarefootMedStudent - The only book I’ve read (or heard of) is Anna, and that one is on my list too!

April 10, 2012 - 2:18 pm

Jana @ That Artsy Reader Girl - I love that Anna is popping up everywhere. I wish publishers would pay more attention to what their covers are telling people.

Magan, I’m reading Crossed right now, and I’m only 30 pages in, but I already know exactly what you’re talking about. I’m quite frustrated with it, and am actually setting it aside for now in the hopes that I will like it more later.

Great choices, girls! Some of them I already own and am more excited to read now, and some of them I’ll have to go look for!

April 10, 2012 - 2:04 pm

April Books & Wine - I’m glad the Populazzi cover is deceiving because when I saw the cover, I was like this looks dumb, but in fact your description makes it sound good.

ALSO I FEEL EXACTLY THE SAME ABOUT ANNA. Like, what a crap cover for such a wonderful book.

April 10, 2012 - 1:25 pm

Angela @ AJ Arndt Books Blog - Anna sure made it onto a lot of Top Tens this week! Great list guys.

April 10, 2012 - 11:29 am

Sharon @ Fictionally Inclined - Anna and the French Kiss is on my list, as well.

Great list! There are a couple on there I’d never seen before, but they look very promising!

April 10, 2012 - 10:06 am

TeacherMotherReader - Me & Earl & the Dying Girl is on my list too. I just didn’t think I would like the characters that much by the end of the book. I laughed my butt off, then I cried and cried. 🙁 My review hits my blog this week.

April 10, 2012 - 9:59 am

Kristin - Ok, I guess i really need to read Anna and the French Kiss, the cover whenever I look at it screams way to YA for me lol but everyone seems to love it.

My TTT: http://youngadultbookhaven.blogspot.com/

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