Posted on June 30, 2019 at 4:00 PM by Sadye Scott-Hainchek

We’re not all writers, but we’ve all been in author Kathleen Hale’s shoes: tempted to respond to what we see as unfair criticism.

However, most of us will never take steps nearly as dramatic as she did.

One particular Goodreads reviewer panned Hale’s debut novel; many more took note of the review, even going so far as to reference it no matter how they themselves rated the novels.

So Hale tracked down the reviewer and very nearly rang her doorbell — and then she wrote about the experience in the Guardian.

This, to put it mildly, did not make things better.

Hale has resurfaced — to a limited extent — after the blowback and her subsequent breakdown and has published a new book, titled Kathleen Hale Is a Crazy Stalker.

She discusses this and the events of the past five years in a long read from Buzzfeed that showcases the internet’s power to enable some truly poor decisions.

Categories: Today in Books

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