5 stars · reread review · young adult

Reread Reflection: Because You’ll Never Meet Me by Leah Thomas

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I loooooooooove this book.

I don’t just like it, L-O-V-E it. So much so that I needed to buy a physical copy of it after first reading the ebook, probably because I needed something to hug with delight after my re-read.

I’ve honestly never read something like Because You’ll Never Meet Me. That stands true even in the re-read. What fascinated me this time around was that there are details in here, tiny ones, that seem irrelevant unless you know what’s going to play a role in book two. Author Leah Thomas was already dropping hints about that plot, and it’s amazing because it isn’t particularly necessary but makes everything seem that much cooler to me.

Just knowing the ending of Nowhere Near You, the sequel, makes reading Because You’ll Never Meet Me even more of a pleasure. No spoilers, of course, even though I could gush about Ollie and Moritz for days. Their characters are so nuanced, imperfect, lovable, kind, frustrating . . . There aren’t many books these days that make me think back to my roots of fanfiction and what I’d want to write about these characters if there aren’t more books made of them. Please give me more books with them.

Basically, Because You’ll Never Meet Me is a book that grows even bigger in your heart, the more often you read it. So if you haven’t picked it up yet . . . what are you waiting for?

Basically me throughout the whole book:

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4 stars · dystopia · Fantasy · reread review

Reread Reflection: Never Fade by Alexandra Bracken

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I absolutely loved The Darkest Minds which was the first book in this trilogy. When I finally got my hands on book three, I remembered pretty clearly what happened in that book and was less certain about Never Fade. That calls for a reread!

First of all, I have to admit Never Fade suffers from the second book slump. I like it, but nowhere near with the passion of how I loved book one. This involves more of the political intrigue, a lot less of the action. There’s a lot happening but it’s all verbal plot twists, not exactly action scenes, except for probably the very first and last scenes of the book. Ruby shuts down so much when she’s around the League that it’s hard to get a read on her for . . kind of anything, which leads to an unfortunate monotone in places when she’s trying not to feel and all.

There are some pretty good plot twists in here, though, and those easily kept me reading. I mean, it’s kind of like you’re thinking nothing else could go worse, and then everything goes much worse than you could ever think possible.

Before this reread, I couldn’t remember too much about Never Fade apart from pieces of the end of the book. And then I kept thinking, no, that couldn’t possibly be how it ends . . . but it does, and it still makes me a mixture of sad and angry. All in all, it made me unsure if this is a trilogy I’ll reread in its entirety again. I still have a special place in my heart for The Darkest Minds, because when I read that it felt so clever and unlike anything else I’d ever read. Never Fade brings in more dystopian tropes, and, well, I’ll be putting up my review of book three in a few days.

So, while I really liked this book, I don’t feel like I absolutely need this book.

 

 

5 stars · reread review · young adult

Reread Reflection: Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell

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Hi all. I know it’s been forever, but here I am!

I think that this was my third time reading Fangirl, but I’m not entirely sure. I know this was at least round two, but I’m terrible at keeping track of these things.

Fangirl has been on my favorites list ever since the first day I finished the last page because 1. I’ve never read any story about fanfiction before where it isn’t portrayed as weird/creepy/something out of the box like that. 2. It portrays anxiety SO WELL. Like I’ve never before read about a character and related so much to her. 3. The writing is beautiful and still manages to be fun.

While I wasn’t as enraptured by the romance this time around (probably because by this point I’m out of college and in that sort of reflection stage where I’m like nothing this cool happened to me in four years and Cath gets it all in like four months) I still loved the storyline. I love Cath’s relationship with her family (well, not really, because it’s so imperfect, but I love how it was portrayed). I love how she shows her insecurities about her writing because I’ve experienced that, too. Even people who know nothing about writing or fanfiction will still ‘get’ this book because it’s a story about a college freshman and, more than that, just about a girl who’s trying to understand herself.

So, in closing this book for the third (or second) time, I still find myself loving it and recommending it to everyone I know. I like that I keep finding new things to appreciate about it and I’m sure that, as time goes on, my reasons for constantly reaching for Fangirl to read will keep growing and developing just as much as Cath does in this book.