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!
9 thoughts on “Mini-Reviews  – The YA Reread Edition”
Haha I totally agree with your review about When We Were Liars, like I knew there was something going on but the ending rocked! TFIOUS is just still confusing for me, it was good but I guess not what I was expecting and too sad.
The ending was so good! It crushed me, though – as did TFiOS. I don’t think it’s *too* sad per se, but I do think it’s a good idea to brace yourself before reading it and to not read it if you’re already very sad.
I’ve only read Cinder and TFIOS– Cinder was alright, but TFIOS was amazing (the film too). I might reread it too. I’m absolutely confident that it’ll stand up to another read!
I loved the film, too! Some things didn’t work quite as well as they did in the book, but overall I thought it was a great adaptation. And I adored the scenes in Amsterdam because it was so cool to see them enjoy and marvel at things that are so familiar to me. 🙂 For me, it really did stand up to another read, so I’d definitely recommend it!
I adored We Were Liars and the ending shocked me so much. Would love to reread it to pick up on hints!
I’d really recommend rereading it! It’s a completely new reading experience, I think, because there are SO many clues. 🙂
I liked all of these particularly TFIOS, best, We were Liars, 2nd, The perks, 3rd, but haven’t read Cinder, heard good things though.
I loved Cinder! It’s a bit predictable, but I adore the characters and the rest of the series is magnificent as well. 🙂
Thanks for the tip!! 🙂