… of annoyingly overrated and explosively hyped books that I can think of right now:
Atonement — Ian McEwan
The Blind Assassin — Margaret Atwood
Never let me go — Kazuo Ishiguro (well, still on page 76, but I’ve got a baaaaad feeling about it; no spoilers, please).
Also, overrated and hyped, but less annoyingly (or explosively) so:
The Impressionist — Harry Kunzru
The first four books of Harry Potter (I stopped bothering after the fourth one)
Slaughter-House-Five — Kurt Vonnegut
Birdsong — Sebastian Faulks.