How can your opinion be wrong?
Your take on this book is a lot deeper than I got. I mean I automatically dismissed this book because of the unlikeable lead character. Your certainly not going to get me to read anymore of this, but at least I can see there is some depth beyond that.
Like Kerny said though, I've met these people. People who justify stealing and lying, and honestly they sicken me. I can appreciate a good heist or crime movie every once in a while because those characters are always exaggerations and put into impossible circumstances (Johnson only steals because he has to raise money for little timmy who has aids, chrones disease and the chicken pox..). Stuff like Scarface that tries to get you to feel sympathetic for disgusting scumbags is terrible.
That is just me though, I appreciate a good interesting character who has complex motivations. But I felt like this book was trying to get us to sympathize with this girl and I just couldnt' do it. Like Squid I was hoping she would be dead by the end of the book.
Well, I think opinions can be fair and unfair, and backed up with compelling points and backed up with irrational or weak points. Unfair opinions and unsupported opinions can be wrong.
My opinions on fantasy stories are, probably, mostly unfair. Why? Because I have a bias against them from the start. I can't suspend disbelief. So, people who appreciate fantasy stories probably would find my critique of fantasy books off, or overly dismissive. And they would be right.
In this case, I might have a greater appetite for crime comics or non-superhero comics than most other RG member and, consequently, I may overlook flaws in this particular book that others see as glaringly obvious. So, yes, I might be "wrong" in some sense. Not factually wrong, but misguided wrong.
One reason I participate in the RG is that I enjoy reading how different people, with different tastes, respond to the same books. It makes me think seriously about stories and characters -- especially what makes them, at their core, entertaining.
So few books in the RG score above 8, for example, that now the group has been renamed "We Hate Comics." I don't think that's true. I think we all love comics -- so much so that we read individual issues that we may have no interest in and discuss them with each other, often at length.
Anyway, I think so few books hit the 8 mark, or higher, because most books are aimed at niche readers. They don't aim for a broader audience. And, as a result, they alienate readers who are not invested in the niche or subgenre.
So I'm not upset about All Nighter receiving bad scores. I'm actually intrigued, surprised, and curious. I find your and Squid's reaction to the book fascinating. And it makes me rethink how I view protagonists generally in stories.