Top Ten Tuesday is a feature hosted by the wonderful The Broke and Bookish Blog this weeks prompt is books with under 2000 ratings/reviews on Goodreads.
Ratings and reviews on books are so important for promoting a book and an author. Honestly, I am shocked that these wonderful books haven’t received more than 2000 ratings because each of them are amazing! Please check out the list below for some fantastic “underhyped” books that have under 2000 rating on Goodreads. So without further ado, here are my top 10 books with under 2000 ratings on goodreads!
Between the Notes by Sharon Huss Roat
Between the Notes is the story of a girl who used to live in an affluent neighborhood but after some rough financial times her parents decide that they have to downsize and end up moving the family to the “bad side” of town. Ivy is a funny, clueless main character that cares way too much about what other people think but shows so much growth throughout the novel. She discovers a lot about herself, her friends, and her family that humbles her to her new situation.There is also a little bit of a mystery and a cute romance that had me hooked the whole way through. This book made me count my blessings and was just a wonderfully fun read.
Jerkbait by Mia Siegert
I just recently read this book and I finished it in a day! I love Tristan and Robbie, their dynamic and their personalities are so interesting and fun to read. This book has a captivating plot and tackles so much more than sibling rivalry and high school drama. Jerkbait follows twin brothers in high school who are hockey players preparing for the NHL drafts. The story is told through Tristan’s POV picking up right after his brother attempts suicide.
Damage Done by Amanda Panitch
The story follows Julia Vann, a high school student and her life after a shooting occurs at her high school in northern California. Julia is now Lucy Black and is living in southern California with her parents who have cultivated new identities for themselves to escape the media circus that surrounded their lives after the shooting. This was another one sitting book because once I got sucked into the story there was no turning back. Great writing, crazy plot twists, and simply compelling.
Like No Other by Una LaMarche
I really enjoyed this book! “Like No Other” is a cute romance on the surface but under the surface it is about two teenagers learning about love, life, and self. Devorah and Jaxon are from two very different backgrounds and from the moment they meet they have to battle with their sense of self and what other people want them to be in order to be happy. LNO is told in alternating perspectives with diverse characters.
Joyride by Anna Banks
Joyride puts a focus on immigrants in America and family dynamics. Carly’s parents were deported several years ago which left her and her brother to fend for themselves while they earn the money to get their parents back across the border. Arden is the popular football player that doesn’t want to meet his family’s expectations. Carly and Arden are both funny, witty, and great characters and this book was so good.
Trouble is a Friend of Mine by Stephanie Tromly
I found this to be a very fun read! Trouble is definitely a friend of Zoe and his name is Digby. Digby is the modern day Sherlock with his insane puzzling skills and perceptive personality. Zoe is the sassy, out of her element new girl that has fallen into a mystery plot when Digby shows up on her door step. This book reads like a movie with snappy dialogue and a classic puzzle piece set up. This book definitely lives up to the “Sherlock meets Veronica Mars meets Ferris Bueller’s Day Off” description. The writing takes a little getting used to but it is definitely worth a read and it has a sequel coming out in November!
The Lonely Ones by Kelsey Sutton
This is a middle grade novel in verse. love a story that can transport me right along with it into a world that I can connect with. Everyone has had a point in their childhood where they have felt alone and invisible, so this makes Fain’s character that much more interesting and relatable. This book gave me some serious Bridge to Terabithia vibes with Fain’s nighttime adventures and the friendship that happens in this book is probably one of my favorite friendships in a book ever. This book is much more than an imaginative tale of make-believe creatures and a lonely girl; it is about the hardships of life, the wonders of growing up, and the importance of family and good friends.
Symptoms of Being Human by Jeff Garvin
This is the first book I have every read with a gender fluid main character and it really got me thinking. Riley struggles with their gender identity and feeling safe enough to express who they are that day. Some days Riley feels more like a boy and others more like a girl, and then there are the days where Riley can fluctuate between the two. There is so much going on in this novel about acceptance, bullying, violence, relationships, and family aspects that make is such an important read. I really liked this story and it does a wonderful job balancing being informative and interesting to read.
Da Vinci’s Tiger by L. M. Elliott
I love a well researched and fact based historical fiction novel and this story certainly fits the bill. I was captivated by Ginerva’s life, the politics, Florentine culture, and of course Leonardo from page one. The writing was exquisite and wonderfully descriptive. This book tells the story of Ginerva de Benci who was one of the first women that Leonardo Da Vinci painted, while it is a work of fiction Elliott does an amazing job at piecing a story around facts and making it seamless. Such an inspiring and beautiful story.
Fire in the Woods by Jennifer M. Eaton
What does a hot alien boy, an aspiring national geographic photographer, an overprotective air force father, and a crashed space ship all have in common? They are all key ingredients to Fire in the Woods. This book reads like an action movie and it is awesome! The characters, the plot, the writing… everything about this book is fantastic. It is funny, suspenseful, and just an all around fun read.
Those are my top 10 underrated books!
There are so many great books out there and the more you talk about them the more people will be inclined to read them. When I was younger I didn’t have social media to help me pick out books like we do now and I always bought what sounded good and read them. Now there are so many influences that can sway a reader and sometimes great books can be overlooked. I encourage you to seek out lists like these with “underhyped” or books with few reviews to find the gems that everyone should be talking about.
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Have you read any of these books? What did you think? Are there any books you want to pick up after seeing them on this list? Let me know in the comments below!