So this summer, I reviewed Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell here. I didn't enjoy it, but it seems every one of the book bloggers I follow did. I decided to reread it a few weeks ago, and see if my opinion has changed.
It has. The language and objectionable content is still there and bothering me. But I didn't dislike the rest quite as much. I started to relate to Cath more. I'm fortunate to have a core group of friends, but I prefer to be solitary and write a lot of the time. College is looming in my future, and it's a bit daunting. But I, too, want to study creative writing. I'm kind of socially awkward. So it was nice to reread and find a kindred spirit.
Now this brings up the question of why I disliked it so much the first time. Was it just the level of objectionable content? Did I somehow not connect to the story? I'm not entirely sure.
I also wonder if, perhaps, I reread other books I disliked. Will I enjoy them better the second time around, or will they still be as awful as I remembered? I furthered my experiment by rereading My Life Next Door by Huntley Fitzpatrick. This book got a 3-star rating on Goodreads, although I probably rounded up from a 2.5. Why did I score this so low? I felt Samantha was a flat, unchanging character. I didn't like the romance. I was largely bothered by the amount of inappropriate content. So how did the second read go? I still didn't like it. Sure, there were little details I enjoyed, but these carried over from my first read. Things like, Samantha's mom's lemonade and the Garrett family and the setting. But the rest was largely unimpressive and a bit off-putting.
I also reread Tiger Lily by Jodi Lynn Anderson. It got a 3-star rating on Goodreads, as well. I think it's a good book, but it's so depressing. Wendy came off as a controlling idiot. Peter became a jerk. Hook was weird. Smee was a creep. Tinkerbell was much better. Tiger Lily was wonderful. I wanted to like it, but I felt numb the first time and I feel numb again. Everything was much too gray. There can be matters that are black and white. I also felt the author was trying to push her agenda too much, what with how Tik Tok (Tiger Lily's adoptive father), the Englanders, and the tribe were presented. I'd love to be able to give this 4 stars but it was so depressing that I can't love this book at all.
So maybe Fangirl was a fluke. That's my best guess. There's not a lot of books I'd like to try again with. Fangirl might be the exception, since so many other bloggers loved it.
What do y'all think? Do you think my reread of Fangirl was an exception? Have you ever reread a book and liked it better the second time?