Now usually we celebrate the romance genre in all its iterations. But sometimes, we talk about The Filthiest Book You’ve Ever Read?or Books That Should Be Canned. The Awl recently polled a group of authors to ask What Books Make You Cringe to Remember Them, books that after the initial crush is over are embarrassing to recall you loved them so much. Many authors cited Ayn Rand, many also mentioned Jack Kerouac’s On The Road, as well as Anne Rice’s Vampire books, the Sweet Valley High series, with mentions here and there of Virginia Woolf, Marion Zimmer Bradley, and others.
So we’ll ask you—what book does it make you cringe to remember you loved?