There are books that I rate immediately on Goodreads after reading just to find myself changing the number of stars a few days later after thinking more about what I read. Even though I am pretty confident about my feelings towards a book after finishing it, there are definitely some books that I’ve changed my opinion on after another read. Here are five books that I’ve changed my opinion on (for better or worse):
- This Lullaby by Sarah Dessen
I’m a huge Sarah Dessen fan. I’ve reread her books countless times and they rank as some of my favorites in young adult fiction. However, I really didn’t like This Lullaby when I firs read it. I didn’t care for the main character, Remy, or the story line. However, I completely changed my opinion after I reread this book! I think at the time when I first read This Lullaby, I probably was in eighth or ninth grade. At that time in my life, I don’t think I was at the point where I could relate to the main character or the story’s message which are essential parts of a Sarah Dessen novel. Now, I find it easier to relate to Remy and her attitude even though we aren’t very similar people. This Lullaby is now my second favorite Sarah Dessen novel, right behind Just Listen.
- The Distance Between Us by Kasie West
When I first started my blog, I saw Kasie West’s name everywhere. I was surprised that I hadn’t heard of her since she’s such a well-loved contemporary author and my favorite genre is contemporary. The Distance Between Us is one of the first books that I downloaded on my Kindle. I flew through this book and initially rated it very highly at four stars. However, I think I was initially swept up in the Kasie West hype to form my true opinion on the book. When I started thinking about the book, there were several aspects that I didn’t enjoy. I really noticed how much I wasn’t a huge fan of this book after I read other Kasie West books that I really loved. This isn’t the worst book that I’ve read by any means, but looking back, I would probably rate this as 3 stars, but maybe 2.5-2.75 if I was being picky.
- Lola and the Boy Next Door by Stephanie Perkins
Lola and the Boy Next Door was one of my favorite books in high school. I reread it countless times and after I thought that I lost my copy, I went and bought another one. I was such a huge fan of Lola and Cricket! However, I recently read Lola and the Boy Next Door and didn’t find it as enjoyable as I once did. I think now that I’m older, I can’t identify with Lola as much as I notice the flaws in her characters more. Additionally, I notice a lot of unnecessary drama in novels by Stephanie Perkins (especially with Anna and the French Kiss), which is one of my pet peeves in books. In high school, I would probably have given this book four or five stars. Now, I would probably only give it three stars.
- Alex, Approximately by Jenn Bennett
I read Alex, Approximately at a very hectic time in my life. I received this book as an eARC when I was student teaching, so I had little time to read. However, I still managed to read books that I was really invested in on the weekends. I remember I read the first half of Alex, Approximately pretty quickly, but then put off the second half for awhile. While I liked the first half, I noticed the second half became a little more trope-y, filled with unnecessary drama, and had predictable plot twists. Despite my issues, I initially rated this book as four stars. As I continued to think about this book and see more reviews for it, both positive and negative, I began to realize my true feelings. This isn’t a terrible book by any means, it just wasn’t for me. Like with The Distance Between Us, I would give it three stars now, or 2.5-2.75 if I was being picky.
- We Were Liars by E. Lockhart
I heard a lot of people talking about We Were Liars when I first started reading and watching book reviews and book recommendations online. I read The Disreputable History of Frankie Landeau-Banks by the same author and enjoyed it, so I thought this would be a great book to pick up. When I first read this book, I was wrapped up in the mystery and I couldn’t put the book down because I wanted to see how it ended. I had an idea of the plot twist, but wasn’t disappointed whenever it happened in the book. Initially, I rated this book four stars right away because of the plot twist. However, after thinking about it, I knocked it down a star. Like with Alex, Approximately, I could maybe take off a quarter or half star if wanted. Looking back, I didn’t care for the writing style in this book, the characters, or the story line. I just read through this book to find out the plot twist. Even though I did enjoy this book while reading it, it just doesn’t measure up to other books that I’ve rated with the same amount of stars.
What books have you changed your mind on?