The 1-Star Amazon Reviews of ‘Hard Choices’ Are In and They’re As Unhinged as You’d Expect

Compared with the five-star reviews, the one-star ones are a lot more, er, colorful.

Former US Secretary of state Hillary Clinton's memoir titled 'Hard Choices' after its release on June 9, 2014 in Washington, D.C. 
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Brian Resnick
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Brian Resnick
June 10, 2014, 10:54 a.m.

Hil­lary Clin­ton is a po­lar­iz­ing fig­ure. So when she re­leases an auto­bi­o­graphy, opin­ions on said book are go­ing to di­verge. This is es­pe­cially true with her book re­lease now, see­ing as many are in­ter­pret­ing the me­dia blitz sur­round­ing the book to be a test run for a 2016 cam­paign.

On Amazon.com, as of this writ­ing, there are 19 five-star, per­fect re­views of Hard Choices. And then there are 44 one-star re­views. (The most pop­u­lar line be­ing “should be lis­ted as fic­tion.” Zing.) There are only six re­views in between those ex­tremes.

It’s amaz­ing that this 656-page book was re­leased just hours ago, and there are 69 total re­views. Speedy read­ers!

Com­pared with the five-star re­views, the one-star ones are a lot more, er, col­or­ful. Here are the best of them. Some have been cut down for space.

Of course, as this is about Clin­ton, we start with a con­spir­acy the­ory.

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Ser­i­ously, when do we find out who killed Vin­cent Foster?

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Doesn’t really get the concept of a re­view. That is, com­ment­ing on a book you have ac­tu­ally read.

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Dis­ap­poin­ted that her auto­bi­o­graph­ic­al nov­el left out a sec­tion on her lies.

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This one is just plain un­hinged.

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“Read­ing this book … is like be­ing stuck listen­ing to your dod­der­ing aunt re­count the list of the fa­vor­ite cats she has had over the years.”

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How could the read­er not know the book is (prob­ably) a 2016 launch­ing pad?

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Come on, pup­pies will pee on any­thing.

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Of course, as this is about Clinton, we start with a conspiracy theory.

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Seriously, when do we find out who killed Vincent Foster?

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Doesn't really get the concept of a review. That is, commenting on a book you have actually read.

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Disappointed that her <em>autobiographical</em> novel left out a section on her lies.

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This one is just plain unhinged.

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"Reading this book ... is like being stuck listening to your doddering aunt recount the list of the favorite cats she has had over the years."

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How could the reader not know the book is (probably) a 2016 launching pad?

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Come on, puppies will pee on anything.

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