I’ve reread a couple of books over the past few months, and while I didn’t want to devote a separate post for each one of them, I did think it would be fun to write a little something about my rereading experiences. Seemed like the perfect opportunity for another Mini-Reviews post to me, so here we go!
The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky ★★★
When I read this the first time around, I was pretty underwhelmed, even though everyone around me was raving about how amazing it was. I attributed my reaction to the fact that I had just read The Fault in Our Stars and was blown away by that one, so it was only natural that I would be disappointed by anything I would read next. Turns out, I simply don’t love the book. I can see why some people do, but there were some things that bothered me (like the representation of girls) and others that just didn’t interest me enough. It was good, though, and defintely worth the reread. But will I reread it again? No, probably not.
Cinder by Marissa Meyer ★★★★★
When I looked through my books on Goodreads, I noticed that Cinder is the only one of the Lunar Chronicles I gave four stars instead of five (haven’t read Winter yet, so that might still change). After rereading it for my dissertation (which is on Cinderella retellings), I gave it the full five stars, though! Perhaps having more of an attachment to the characters now changed my mind, or maybe it was the fact that the other two retellings I’ve read for my dissertation weren’t as good. Either way, I loved it. I love how witty Cinder is and how she doesn’t take anything that comes her way lying down. And there’s prince Kai, of course…
The Fault in Our Stars by John Green ★★★★★
I was kind of nervous about rereading TFiOS, because I didn’t think I would love it as much as I did the first time around, which before I started blogging and read other people’s reviews of it. I was wrong though – I loved it just as much this time around. Some people have trouble with the language these teenagers use (which I thought would bother me too this time), but that didn’t bother me at all. This is fiction, it doesn’t have to be completely true to life as long as an author can pull it off, and I think John Green can. This is still my favourite of his books, and I’m pretty sure I will reread it again. Even though it will kill me every time.
We Were Liars by E. Lockhart ★★★★★
This was a particularly interesting reread, since knowing how this book ends changes everything. When I read it the first time around, the ending wrecked me and I remember thinking “I’d love to reread this”. And so I did, about a year later. I’m not going to say anything about the plot, because every first time reader should go into this with a blank mind. The language is beautiful, and I enjoyed that part of it just as much as I did the last time. What I loved most, though, was picking up on all the little hints throughout the story. It was like reading a completely different version of the story. Just as amazing, though!
Have you read or reread any of these books? Do you agree with me on them or did you experience them differently? Let me know in the comments!