The result??? The author was upset. Because it was all about things that had to be fixed and not about the things that were good. Yes, were there things that were OK (please not the word...I did not say good or amazing), but token compliments are not going to make this author's writing better.
Authors are always saying they want the truth about their projects. In reality, I am starting to see that people really don't want to hear it. Yes, it hurts if things are not going the way you planned, but if someone doesn't point those things out to you, I can promise you, there will be NO improvements. Think of Col. Nathan Jessup (we can always count on Jack for these lines) from A FEW GOOD MEN...
When we provide critiques, there are going to be times when the story, synopsis or query letter is not quite right. To make improvements, we need to know what we did wrong. We cannot be expected to improve if all we get are comments such as "I really liked that phrasing." In the end, if the phrasing in part of the manuscript is good, but the rest of the project is really in need of improvement, writers have to hear the bad stuff.
I don't want you to walk away from this thinking one person's view is correct. But please understand that sometimes, the comments you get on a book are not going to be good. I don't care how much hard work you put into it, the story might simply SUCK!
So deal with it.
Learn from it.
...and move on.
But do not spend the time complaining that someone hated you. Remember that you ASKED that person to look at your work. "Do you want the truth??" Can you "handle the truth??"