I saw someone I know checking out State of Wonder by Ann Patchett the other day at the library and I wanted to stop her, to warn her, to say, "Don't read that! You won't like the ending." But then I hesitated. Because maybe she would. After all, State of Wonder isn't a horrible book; maybe the ending wouldn't disappoint her the way it did me. I don't know what kinds of books she likes to read. And who am I to spoil a book for someone else just because I didn't like it? Besides, she seemed so excited to read it.
So, when she showed me what she was checking out, I didn't know what to say. If I admitted that I'd read it, I'd also have to admit that I really didn't like it. And I didn't want to taint the book for her before she had a chance to form her own opinion. People have ruined books for me by doing that and I didn't appreciate it. So, I took the coward's way out; I didn't say anything at all.
Was I right? Was I wrong? I don't know. What would you have done?