I have read many different books throughout my life and most have been great. I am someone that understands the difficulty involved in writing one. Very few times have I finished a book and said wow, that was an atrocious read. However, after finishing my last summer reading book I can say for certain that the book I was given was the worst book I have read in my life. Uninformative, uninteresting, dull, redundant, unengaging, full of typos, missing a lot of important information and overall just poorly written.
The book I read was “Kobe Bryant” by Clayton Geoffreys. I was actually very excited to open this book up. Kobe had already passed away and I wanted to learn more about who he was as a person. The book failed to provide any insight on this at all. Rather than keeping the reader engaged with plot twists about his life and what went into some of his greatest games, the book merely listed stat after stat of his performances. Nothing more. It felt as if I was reading the same page over and over again.
The things Nabokov says in Good Readers and Good Writers help to better reiterate what was not happening in this book. Nabokov says “To the storyteller we tun for entertainment, for mental excitement of the simplistic kind, for emotional participation (32).” The entire book was unentertaining. And as much as I hate to say it, there was not even any excitement I felt while reading. Excitement is a necessary component to reading. altogether, I learned that bad books can still make it into schools. If you gave me enough time I could have put together a better book, it was that bad.