Top 5 Wednesday – Misleading Synopses
This week’s topic is …
Misleading Synopses: Ever read a synopsis and think it sounds dumb, but then you read the book years later and it’s actually amazing? Ever read a synopsis and think it sounds amazing, but it actually turns out to be nothing like the synopsis? Ever have a synopsis spoil something that happens 75% of the way into the book so you just spend most of your time waiting for that one element you already know? This is the topic for you.
The Foxhole Court by Nora Sakavic
“Neil Josten is the newest addition to the Palmetto State University Exy team. He’s short, he’s fast, he’s got a ton of potential—and he’s the runaway son of the murderous crime lord known as The Butcher.
Signing a contract with the PSU Foxes is the last thing a guy like Neil should do. The team is high profile and he doesn’t need sports crews broadcasting pictures of his face around the nation. His lies will hold up only so long under this kind of scrutiny and the truth will get him killed.
But Neil’s not the only one with secrets on the team. One of Neil’s new teammates is a friend from his old life, and Neil can’t walk away from him a second time. Neil has survived the last eight years by running. Maybe he’s finally found someone and something worth fighting for.”
I’ve had The Foxhole Court on my TBR for over two years as I’ve heard so many good things about it. However, I absolutely hate sports fiction, sports movies, and sports in general, so I lamented the fact that I would probably never read this. Surprisingly, I was in the mood to read something different a few days ago and I picked up this book and adored it. The book was fantastic and nothing like I thought it would be. It doesn’t focus as much on sports as I thought it would. If you’re looking for something new and different, read The Foxhole Court asap.
Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn
“On a warm summer morning in North Carthage, Missouri, it is Nick and Amy Dunne’s fifth wedding anniversary. Presents are being wrapped and reservations are being made when Nick’s clever and beautiful wife disappears. Husband-of-the-Year Nick isn’t doing himself any favors with cringe-worthy daydreams about the slope and shape of his wife’s head, but passages from Amy’s diary reveal the alpha-girl perfectionist could have put anyone dangerously on edge.
Under mounting pressure from the police and the media—as well as Amy’s fiercely doting parents—the town golden boy parades an endless series of lies, deceits, and inappropriate behavior. Nick is oddly evasive, and he’s definitely bitter—but is he really a killer?”
If you know anything about Gone Girl, you know that the book has a massive surprise halfway through that no one – no one – will see coming. The blurb certainly doesn’t do the novel any justice. You have to read for yourself just how different it is.
The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson
“Mikael Blomkvist, a once-respected financial journalist, watches his professional life rapidly crumble around him. Prospects appear bleak until an unexpected (and unsettling) offer to resurrect his name is extended by an old-school titan of Swedish industry.
The catch—and there’s always a catch—is that Blomkvist must first spend a year researching a mysterious disappearance that has remained unsolved for nearly four decades.
With few other options, he accepts and enlists the help of investigator Lisbeth Salander, a misunderstood genius with a cache of authority issues. Little is as it seems in Larsson’s novel, but there is at least one constant: you really don’t want to mess with the girl with the dragon tattoo.”
Nothing is what it seems in this novel. The book scarcely focuses on Blomkvist as it is more Lisbeth’s story – especially the other novels in the series. It’s seriously an amazing series, with so many twists and turns it’s difficult to keep up with.
On The Jellicoe Road by Melina Marchetta
“Taylor is leader of the boarders at the Jellicoe School.
She has to keep the upper hand in the territory wars and deal with Jonah Griggs—the enigmatic leader of the cadets, and someone she thought she would never see again.
And now Hannah, the person Taylor had come to rely on, has disappeared. Taylor’s only clue is a manuscript about five kids who lived in Jellicoe eighteen years ago.
She needs to find out more, but this means confronting her own story, making sense of her strange, recurring dream, and finding her mother—who abandoned her on the Jellicoe Road.”
This book is one of my all time favourites and the synopsis does not do it justice. The blurb is so bare and transparent, it doesn’t explain much of anything and that is why it took me so long to finally read it. Once I did, I realised how amazing it actually is. Please, please, please read this book.
How I Live Now by Meg Rosoff
“Fifteen-year-old Daisy is sent from Manhattan to England to visit her aunt and cousins she’s never met: three boys near her age, and their little sister. Her aunt goes away on business soon after Daisy arrives. The next day bombs go off as London is attacked and occupied by an unnamed enemy.
As power fails, and systems fail, the farm becomes more isolated. Despite the war, it’s a kind of Eden, with no adults in charge and no rules, a place where Daisy’s uncanny bond with her cousins grows into something rare and extraordinary.But the war is everywhere, and Daisy and her cousins must lead each other into a world that is unknown in the scariest, most elemental way.”
The synopsis of How I Live Now is so vague it doesn’t even begin to describe the intricacies and the complexities of the book. So much happens from a surprising romance to terrifying situations amidst war – I wish the blurb was a little more interesting so others can realise how fantastic this book is too.
Wow, this was a hard week! I apologise for being unable to post about T5W last week as it was my final week of exams! Do you know of any books that have misleading synopses? Let me know and get involved in T5W!