WHAT THE WHAT!?: Top Ten Books Where The Ending Made My Jaw DROP

There are spoilers in this. Obviously you are a big dumb moron if you read through a post about endings and don’t expect spoilers, so if you sit here and yell at me about spoilers, I will sit here and mock it like it’s hot. Got it?

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly feature hosted by The Broke And The Bookish, master mined by Jamie at the Perpetual Page Turner. This week’s topic:

Top Ten Books Where The Ending Made My Jaw Drop

1. Breaking Dawn by Stephanie Meyer

Breaking Dawn, Stephanie Meyer, Book Cover, Chess Piece

Breaking Dawn

First of all, this book has the dumbest fucking ending I have ever read. And let me tell you I actually kind of liked these books until Breaking Dawn then I was like what the shit. There’s this big huge build up and we think there’s going to be an awesome fight with the volturi, but hell no. Instead Bella busts out with her dumbass power much like the kid with the heart ring on Captain Planet and it is literally the biggest let down ever.

2. Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows by JK Rowling

Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows, Book cover, JK Rowling, Orange, Wizard,

Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows

Holy fricken hell. Perfect series until the ending. Did you steal it from fanfiction.net JK? Seriously. It’s the epilogue that never should have happened. That said, I will say, it’s nice to have a where are they now on the characters, and so JK Rowling gets a free pass, although my jaw did drop it like it’s hot.

3. Down The Mysterly River by Bill Willingham

Down The Mysterly River by Bill Willingham Book Cover

Down The Mysterly River

Reveal aside, the epilogue of Down The Mysterly River is totally beautiful and I was like, I LOVE THIS SHIT SO HARD. Because I did. Love it hard. But not in a gross way, more like I let me hug you and squeeze all the air out your lungs kind of way.

4. Nevermore by Kelly Creagh

Nevermore, Kelly Creagh, book cover


Varen, Varen, Varen. I still don’t exactly understand what the hell happened, except there’s this dude named Pinfeathers. And Varen needs to be saved by Isobel.

5. Going After Cacciato by Tim O’Brien

Going After Cacciato, Tim O'Brien, Book Cover,

Going After Cacciato

Classic mindfuck. Enough said. Moving along.

6. Choker by Elizabeth Woods

Choker, Elizabeth Woods, Book Cover


This ending was right out of left field, and while others thought it was brilliant, I felt cheated.

7. The Thief by Megan Whalen Turner

The Thief by Megan Whalen Turner Book Cover

The Thief

THIS IS HOW YOU WRITE A BRILLIANT ENDING. Authors take note. Be more like Megan Whalen Turner and write awesome endings and end up on the best books ever in the entire world shelf.

8. Shadow Kiss by Richelle Mead

Shadow Kiss, Richelle Mead, Vampire Academy Series, Book Cover

Shadow Kiss

Shadow Kiss left me a broken wreck, because Mead. She went there. Oh friends, she totes went there and I was like WHERE DO WE GO FROM HERE, BOOK. Then I promptly read Blood Promise, because you know there’s something to be said for waiting to read a series years after it started publishing.

9. Go Ask Alice by Beatrice Sparks

Go Ask Alice, Beatrice Sparks, Book Cover

Go Ask Alice

This is totally on my list of Top Ten Worst Books EVER. What a cheap fucking ending. And yes, I swear. I know I know, swears. But for real, the girl is all making progress with her life BUT THEN SHE DIES BECAUSE SHE OVERDOSES THUS DRUGS ARE BAD MMMKAY. Omg you guys. I literally wanted to run this book over with my car, but then I was like 15 when I read it and didn’t have a car, so really I wanted to throw it under the wheels of my mom’s car. Because frankly, the ending makes no logical sense and comes right out of left field. Seriously. I am getting myself all worked up just thinking about it.

10. My Sister’s Keeper by Jodi Picoult

My Sister's Keeper, Jodi Picoult, Book Cover

My Sister's Keeper

Guys, I want to quit Picoult SO BAD. But my sister likes her and I try to connect with her through books so I can’t. And then they went and made a movie out of this. So I was like, oh cool this should be good. And then I read it and got so invested. AND THEN the book shoots itself in the goddamned foot with that ending and I’m like what the fuck man. Because and this is spoileriffic so don’t be a moron and read: the girl goes through the whole book deciding if she wants to be used as spare parts for her sister with cancer and we have this big huge moral dilemma. THEN at the end, she fucking dies in a car accident and everyone is all HURRAH WE CAN USE HER TO SAVE HER LIVING CANCER SISTER. Good fucking lord, I threw this book hard when I finished it.

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April is in her 30s and created Good Books And Good Wine. She works for a non-profit. April always has a book on hand. In her free time she can be found binge watching The Office with her husband and toddler, spending way too much time on Pinterest or exploring her neighborhood.


  1. <3

  2. LOL at your reaction to Nevermore πŸ™‚

  3. The ending of Nevermore was kind of made me love the book a little less. I have NO IDEA what happened.

  4. Go Ask Alice! It’s been a long time since I read that, but it totally fits!

  5. Agreed re: Jodi Friggin Picoult. The woman’s a menace. Somebody gave me that book for my birthday one year (A former co-worker. Who apparently wishes me nothing but ill) and I HATED it so much, but I couldn’t look away and couldn’t stop reading until the end, which made me so physically ill that I couldn’t eat for days. I ended up burning the thing in my fireplace – a thing I’ve never done, because I was raised to never never NEVER hurt a book. But I couldn’t let it stay in my house, and I certainly wasn’t about to put it with my book donations.

    Ugh. Just thinking about that book makes me want to take a shower.

    Agree with everything else except the O’Brien book. I’m down with mind-fuckery, as a general rule, and LOVED Cacciato.

  6. Yeah. Those Picoult books. They’re a mind f*ck. I’ve tried to read several of them because my friends like them (and god forbid they should ever pick up a YA or fantasy book) but, nope. Hate ’em.

    Awesome list. Made me laugh. You rock.

  7. YES to Breaking Dawn! That book was seriously messed up.. I’ll admit to liking the three books that came before that one, but Breaking Dawn ruined it for me. When I mentioned to a friend of mine what happens (she wanted to go see the movie) she just stared at me, like O.o

  8. Ha-ha! I had the same reaction waaaaay back in high school when I read Go Ask Alice!

    My Top Ten Tuesday:

  9. HAHA Breaking Dawn was originally on my list because I was pretty much left going “What….?” afterwards. But then I decided I wanted to keep my Top Ten list “positive” and only include books that I enjoyed πŸ˜‰

  10. I’m still laughing over your list. Holy cow, but you are funny.

    I agree regarding Jodi Picoult. Overrated books, in my opinion.

  11. ha! I love your comments. I might have laughed out loud at the Breaking Dawn one. Serious, what was up with that ending? No body got hurt and Bella spent so many chapters preparing for … nothing.

  12. I’ve seen so many people mention Shadow Kiss– I’m hoping to finish tomorrow (I’m listening on audio because I had a long drive) although I know I’ll need time to jump right into the next one now!

  13. This was the only TTT post that had me laughing this week. I totally about Breaking Dawn, but know that I’m in the minority on liking the Deathly Hallows ending

  14. Ha ha! I love your reaction to Breaking Dawn. While I liked it, I was indeed let down. Can’t wait to see the Hollywood pumped up version. I’ll have to envision it when I reread the book, lol.

  15. OMG you are hilarious. Seriously. I’m not sure that you mean to be, but when people get passionate about books with cussing, I find it so entertaining. I agree pretty much with all the books you have listed, well the ones I read anyway. Breaking Dawn, My Sister’s Keeper, Nevermore, and Harry Potter.

  16. HUGE yes to the Jodi Picoult. What the hell, Jodi Picoult? Such a cop-out of an ending.

    However, I have to admit that I was one of the few people who liked the epilogue to Harry Potter. I can’t help it. I like knowing that people’s lives turn out okay in the end.

  17. I only sort of got the Nevermore ending as well. But it was definitely cruel, seeing as the next book isn’t out until 2012. NEED.

  18. You are hilarious! I agree about “My Sister’s Keeper.” I was shocked and horrified and shed many a tear. Thanks for stopping by my list. We’re newbies to the whole YA blog thing.

  19. Okay, admittedly I skimmed it and just looked at the books on your list.. lol.. I hear Go Ask Alice and My Sister’s Keeper are good – so I don’t want anything spoiled when I read it πŸ˜‰

    HILARIOUS tho that you also have Breaking Dawn.. hahaha..

    Thanks for stopping by!

  20. Haha, your reaction to Breaking Dawn was great. I couldn’t even get through that one once I got to a certain point, but I’ve heard thousands of times everything that happens at the end so I am glad I didn’t end up finishing it, lol. Great list though. πŸ™‚

  21. the ending of Breaking Dawn sucked so much ass. SO MUCH.

    and yeah, the epilogue in HP was the lamest thing evah. totes agree.

  22. Okay, I recently got a Tim O’Brien book in my hot little hands – The Things They Carried – good to see another book or his on your list!

    And gah, The Thief. I need to start this book over. I started reading it while I was in Nashville for a weekend trip. Took it to the hotel pool with me, ended up sweating all over it, I was so hot and uncomfortable and couldn’t get into the book and ended up putting it down. I need to try it again because I’ve heard nothing but GOOD things about MWT’s work.

  23. I absolutely agree with you on all of those except for ones that I did not read. You are completely spot on!

  24. Lol – love your reactions to these πŸ˜€

    Great list!

  25. My Sister’s Keeper is a GREAT choice. I gasped aloud when I read the ending, which always is a good indicator!

  26. I tell myself to be more like Megan Whalen Turner on a daily basis. πŸ˜‰

  27. LOL on Breaking Dawn ending — I got a headache after I finished that book.

    And YES to The Thief. Brilliant ending. πŸ™‚

  28. Damn. Ok. But, I do have to agree with you on Breaking Dawn, though. The ending made me complain about if for days.

  29. My he allegiant ending was a bad ending 4 me