It’s funny how reviewers can obliterate an author’s hard work, by typing a few lines, but few can actually acknowledge the consequence of their lines.
This is a growing list of reason reviewers offer to justify bad reviews. Keep in mind that these sort of statements aren’t generally necessary for justifiable reviews. If the book is bad, it’s bad, but if some sort of justification is necessary beyond that for a negative review, it should give others reason to pause.
* “The author puts their thoughts/words out there.” So do teachers, editors, newspapers, periodicals, advertising companies, most businesses, service providers, and so on. It’s a fairly pointless statement.