2-star book review complains that author didn't predict the pandemic

Amazon user’s dismal two-star review for a new novel set in 2020 goes viral after she panned the author for failing to mention COVID-19 and ‘assuming’ it would be a normal year – even though the book was written pre-pandemic

  • Wendy W. Legge, who is from the US, left the dissatisfied two-star review for the book Honeysuckle Season by Mary Ellen Taylor
  • The book, which was released September 1, alternates between the early 1940s and the summer of 2020 
  • Legge complained the author’s ‘assumption that summer 2020 would be just like other summers’ was ‘disturbing and distracting’
  • She wrote: ‘I asked myself, “when is the author going to say something about Covid-19?” The answer is — never’
  • Twitter users are mocking the bizarre review, joking that authors should have ‘a crystal ball when writing about the future’ or ‘consult the oracle’ before writing

One Amazon reviewer was left very disappointed by a new novel that’s set partly in the year 2020 — because the author makes no mention of the coronavirus pandemic.

US-based Amazon user Wendy W. Legge left the dissatisfied two-star review for the book Honeysuckle Season by Mary Ellen Taylor, which came out this month.

Legge complained that she understands that Taylor wrote the book before the pandemic hit, but that she still found the author’s ‘assumption that summer 2020 would be just like other summers’ to be ‘disturbing and distracting’ — a criticism that has been met with mockery on Twitter,

Suspension of disbelief: A woman named Wendy W. Legge left the dissatisfied two-star book review on Amazon, complaining that the author didn’t mention COVID-19

Legge seems to have liked the novel otherwise — but she was upset enough that it didn’t reflect the unpredictable and unprecedented reality of 2020 that she gave it just two stars out of five. 

‘The author made a major error,’ she titled the review. 

Production schedule: Honeysuckle Season by Mary Ellen Taylor, came out on September 1 — but it was written before the pandemic

‘This novel is set in Virginia during two time periods: the early 1940’s, and the summer of 2020. Chapters alternate between the two time periods,’ she wrote. 

‘The story was enjoyable, but every time I came to a chapter set in 2020, I asked myself, “when is the author going to say something about Covid-19?” 

‘The answer is — never. I found that very disturbing and distracting.   

‘The author apparently wrote the book before the pandemic, and made the assumption that summer 2020 would be just like other summers, with large wedding parties, no social distancing, etc. Bad assumption.’

The book is otherwise averaging 4.5 stars, with 1,474 ratings on Amazon. 

But it’s Legge’s bizarre review that is going viral. 

‘Authors don’t have a crystal ball when writing about the future, apparently. DISGRACEFUL,’ tweeted Essex-based Twitter user @KateOfTarragon, sharing a screengrab of the review. 

‘[The reviewer] obviously thinks books are written in real time, before their very eyes,’ she added.

Her tweet has gone viral, with nearly 15,000 likes so far and lots of comments.  

‘You mean books don’t change to suit future events? I’m shocked,’ asked another woman.

‘How dare you not consult the oracle first??’ joked one more.

‘I made the same assumption about summer and am also upset,’ quipped yet another person. 

Some made suggestions of other stories that would blow the reviewer’s mind, like 1984 and 2001: A Space Odyssey. 

Aw, man! The review has gone viral, with one man quipping that he, too, is upset that the summer turned out differently than he expected

‘This person apparently didn’t consider the possibility that by making tiny changes to the timeline in 1940s Virginia, Covid-19 may simply never have happened at all! The bat that was the Covid bat’s grandfather never alighted on the merchant navy steamer bound for China…’ suggested another commenter.  

At least one man gave Wegge the benefit of the doubt, saying that it seemed ‘obvious’ to him that the review was supposed to be a joke — but an ‘incredibly inconsiderate one,’ since the reviewer still gave the book just two stars, bringing down the book’s overall rating.

However, a glance at the rest of the user’s Amazon review history makes it less ‘obvious’ this is a joke, as her other book reviews are all honest and straight-forward. 

The author herself is not on Twitter, and has not responded to the negative review on Facebook or Instagram.  

DailyMail.com has reached out for comment. 

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