“Open” endings are not my favorite. If you ever read my reviews, you know this to be true.
I generally don’t like it when I read a book, and especially a series, only to find out that the ending is really non-existent. It’s not that I need every loose end neatly tied up; realistically, I don’t expect a happy ending all the time. The young adult genre is tricky. After all, not everyone finds true love in high school (I did, but hey, not everyone can be as lucky!) What I dislike is an ending that it’s so “open” that it leaves me dissatisfied, wondering, and sometimes even mad.
Let’s take some examples (I’ve heard horror stories about the Delirium series, but since I haven’t read this series, I will take your word for it):
Nick and Norah’s Infinite Playlist by Rachel Cohn and David Levithan – This is a short book and maybe the problem is that I expected more. The whole story takes place in a really short amount of time and it’s markedly inconclusive.
The Beginning of Everything by Robyn Scheneider – I loved this book. The writing is a gem and the characterization is amazing too, BUT I wanted more that the ending I got.
This is What Happy Looks Like by Jennifer E. Smith – I also had high expectations for this book, because I loved The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight. The book has a very good premise, but halfway through, it fell apart for me.
The Coldest Girl in Coldtown by Holly Black – I loved this one! It’s a unlike vampire book and I really liked the plot and the characterization; BUT to be honest it seemed to me that Coldest Girl is a great beginning for a series and not a stand-alone book.
What do you think about open endings? Is it just me that loves a ‘definite’ ending? Do I lack the imagination to accept it? Is it too much to ask after investing the time and money on a book? Have you read any of these? Do you have other examples?