I just bought a book. It was a mistake. However, it is educational in terms of the kind of bad book that can get published. I'm eighty pages in and have already encountered: - The stereotypical woman who's "book smart" but has emotional irrational overreactions over every little thing that goes wrong in interpersonal interactions. - Said woman gets embarassed in front of the stereotypically wise, infinitely tolerant man who's manly-man amused at her. - Stereotypical upperclass old lady with stereotypical upperclass old lady prejudices. - Letter written by a character who isn't the narrator, in a voice exactly like that of the narrator. - Irrational woman goes through Lucille-Ball-esque nonsense and lies to cover up the evidence of what she's embarassed about. - Woman avoids all fattening food, but is tempted to take a bite and learns her lesson that it tastes good! That irrational silly woman, thinking that fulfilling societal stereotypes about being skinny requires that she eat less; where'd she get that whacky idea? And so on. And so on. I'm not going to name the book, now that I've said such rude things about it. But I'm curious about what things make you realize that, oops, this book was a mistake?