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Based on the wildly popular Instagram account, Subpar Parks features both the greatest hits and brand-new content, all celebrating the incredible beauty and variety of America’s national parks juxtaposed with the clueless and hilarious one-star reviews posted by visitors. Subpar Parks PDF

Subpar Parks, both on the popular Instagram page and in this humorous, informative, and collectible book, combines two things that seem like they might not work together yet somehow harmonize perfectly: beautiful illustrations and informative, amusing text celebrating each national park paired with the one-star reviews disappointed tourists have left online. Millions of visitors each year enjoy Glacier National Park, but for one visitor, it was simply “Too cold for me!” Another saw the mind-boggling vistas of Bryce Canyon as “Too spiky!” Never mind the person who visited the thermal pools at Yellowstone National Park and left thinking, “Save yourself some money, boil some water at home.”

Featuring more than 50 percent new material, the book will include more depth and insight into the most popular parks, such as Yosemite, Yellowstone, the Grand Canyon, and Acadia National Parks; anecdotes and tips from rangers; and much more about author Amber Share’s personal love and connection to the outdoors. Equal parts humor and love for the national parks and the great outdoors, it’s the perfect gift for anyone who loves to spend time outside as well as have a good read (and laugh) once they come indoors.

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The Writers

Amber Share is an illustrator and graphic designer based in Raleigh, North Carolina. She graduated from the University of Nebraska in 2010 with a degree in advertising and a minor in art. After several years as a professional graphic designer working on hand-lettering and illustration on the side, she left her job in graphic design to pursue illustration full time. As an avid hiker and backpacker, she spends a lot of time in local, state, and national parks, which inspired this project and this book.

Proportions of Subpar Parks PDF

  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Plume (July 13, 2021)
    Language ‏ : ‎ English
    Hardcover ‏ : ‎ 224 pages
    International Standard Book Number-10 ‏ : ‎ 0593185544
    International Standard Book Number-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-0593185544
    Item Weight ‏ : ‎ 1.44 pounds
    Dimensions ‏ : ‎ 7.2 x 0.71 x 9.26 inches
    Best Sellers Rank: #4,130 in Books

Reviews From Customers

National Parks information, plus satire/puns/comedy, fun facts, tips, artwork
July 13, 2021

This is one of my favorite kinds of books; it is a rare combination of both informative and amusing. It is primarily a book that describes various National Parks, but it also pokes fun at the poor reviews that some people have written about these beautiful places.

The author explains that the National Park Service is split into geographic regions, each overseeing a specific area of the country, and so she organized the book the same way. The Regions are: Alaska, Pacific West, Intermountain, Midwest, Northeast, National Capital, and Southeast. For each section there is a title page describing the region, then a stylized map of the area, and then in the following pages there is an entry for each individual park.

Each park has a title page, which shows when the park was established, followed by a postcard-like picturesque drawing, with a negative review summary over it. For example: Kenai Fjords National Park, which has a beautifully drawn scene of rocks jutting out of the water and the tail of whale just above the surface, with the caption “Only Saw One Humpback.” After that there is a description of the park, and often some “fun facts” or “Ranger tips” added in at the end as well.

I really enjoyed this book. It was great to learn about the history and geography of all of these National Parks, and I really appreciated the author’s sense of humor as she makes fun of the negative reviews. She makes the point in the introduction, that she sometimes finds it helpful to remind herself that if some of the most beautiful places on Earth can receive 1 star reviews, then she shouldn’t be too focused on what her critics have to say, because clearly you can’t please everyone. A great point, and a fun and informative book overall.
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Walter White
This is a subpar book
July 17, 2021

This book misrepresented its contents. One comment per park. Then a brief description of the park and a cartoon picture. A total ripoff. Don’t buy it.

Five Stars Without a Doubt
July 13, 2021

One star…hard cover is too hard. Just kidding!

Five stars without a doubt, this is my favorite coffee table book and surprisingly also super educational. Perfect combination of sassy and informative while poking fun at one-star reviews of some amazing national parks.

I love, love all the added educational snippets along with the review illustrations. And Amber’s writing style is so personal and relatable I feel like we could be friends. Such a fun book, so worth the buy!


B. Clark
Clever Artful Humor
July 14, 2021

This book is a must have for anyone who loves our great National Parks! In my 71 years of living, I count myself among the extremely fortunate to have visited many national, state, and city parks. In my 20’s, working as a waitress and bartenter at concessions in Grand Teton National Park, I was often dumbfounded by encounters with people who had no clue or appreciation for the beauty around them. Amber Share hits the nail on the head with her sharp wit, and her obvious love of the wonders of creation that can be experienced in a park setting. Looking forward to more from this author and graphic artist!

D. Summerfield
Subpar Parks reads like the rough draft of a fun book
November 13, 2021

I read an online review of this book, and wasted no time ordering my copy. The review said that this author had combined beautiful artwork of our national parks with descriptions of each park’s highlights, coupled with a one-star review that highlights something about the park that (hilariously) is complained about (think: ‘The Grand Canyon is just too deep’ or something equally inane.) It seemed like an excellent idea for a book.

I am so disappointed by the book that actually arrived.

The artwork is attractive in a stylized way, but it is so generic! There is nothing new about this artwork — you have seen many of these same NP scenic highlights rendered in exactly this style in online graphic designs and greeting cards for literally decades. Also, the inks used for the artwork are grayed down so they look dull. I actually paged through about a fourth of the book before I realized that I was supposed to be admiring ‘this artwork.’ I thought I was going to get to the real beginning of the book with some bright colors and more detail in the ‘actual’ artwork.

The entire book has a “rough draft” feel to it.

Each of the parks in the book are accorded an artwork, about 250-750 words of witty commentary on some interesting aspect of the park, and a very brief (a phrase or short sentence) funny “opposing” view of the park (this is the “subpar” part).

Each park takes up 2 – 3 pages, with the artwork taking up one entire page, the funny “opposing” view phrase superimposed over the artwork, and then the witty commentary on the opposing page, sometimes spilling over to the reverse of the second page. There are also lots of smaller drawings taking up lots of room on most of the pages. There is not much meat to this book. But if it was funny, that wouldn’t matter.

Despite this author’s obvious wit, her observations about the parks are nothing you have not heard before about these popular tourist attractions. Each park has been written about online and in newspapers, magazines, and books for decades. Since each commentary is so short, and the subject matter is so huge, this book is obviously not intended to be a guidebook. But neither can it be said to be comedy or satire. It’s just a few brief tidbits of interesting trivia or how-to information on visiting the park. So the only real purpose of the commentary is to set up the joke of the opposing view — to let the reader understand how ridiculous it is to call these magical places ‘subpar.’

Unfortunately, the opposing view jokes don’t really work for the book as described in the introduction. They are funny, it’s not that. For instance, the one about Yosemite says: “Trees Block View and there are too many gray rocks.” Yes, that’s so stupid that it’s hilarious. But there is no context for the joke. The reader doesn’t know who said it or why.

That’s why I said the book seems like a rough draft. It’s like the main ideas are written down, but the author was planning on going back to fill in, expand, and explain after she brainstormed these ideas a bit longer. She has got the beginnings of some fine comic material here, but this book should be about fifty percent longer.

I read that this author has a popular Instagram that addresses this topic, and which incorporates her artwork. It may be that this material comes across differently online since most interactions are abbreviated and speeded up online. It might not seem so truncated and unformed. But in book form, Subpar Parks lacks the depth it needs to convey its humorous ideas.
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July 14, 2021

Tempted to write a one star review! Paper too thin!
If you’ve been following Amber on IG, you’ve seen most of these illustrations. But to page through all of them, in one book, grouped by geographic region, was so much more satisfying! The added history, descriptions, narration, and personal stories are such a bonus. I laughed all over again, and thoroughly enjoyed the added content not yet published, lol fat bear week! I predict this will be coffee table book of the year and a huge hit at Christmas gift exchange! Don’t hesitate, just buy it for everyone you know.

So well done
July 14, 2021

What a gem. Awesome hardcover book with wonderful artwork, education on the national parks, quality printing and pages. I preordered this book months ago and only knew to expect Amber’s illustrations, but this far exceeded my high expectations. This would make a wonderful gift, too,

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Lynn G
Reviewed in Canada on July 21, 2021

I’m so happy I bought this book! The juxtaposition between the snarky comments and the beautiful graphics and descriptions of the parks is priceless! How wonderful that the author was able to take her passion for graphic design and apply it to these gorgeous places using the low ratings of the parks as a funny catalyst. I highly recommend this book!

Super interesting an fun!
Reviewed in Canada on December 29, 2021

This book was a gift for my boyfriend and he loved it! I would highly recommend.

Claudia Marín
Buen libro
Reviewed in Mexico on November 10, 2021

Muy divertido, sobre todo el contraste imagen-texto.

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