Books I want to rewrite

Today’s Top 5 Tuesday is books that I’d really like to rewrite. I love this topic because I normally just talk about books I love on my blog but this gives me the chance to talk about novels with great premises that just didn’t land as well as I hoped.

Leah on the Offbeat – Becky Albertalli

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Why I’d rewrite this book: I loved Simon vs the Homo Sapiens Agenda so when I found out there was a book based on Leah who was bi, I was really looking forward to it. Unfortunately it read like a poor fanfiction-esque version of the first book, and added nothing to the genre apart from some tired bisexual stereotypes.

I Stop Somewhere – T.E. Carter

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Why I’d rewrite this book: This book covered such important topics (domestic violence, rape and murder) for a teenage audience but I didn’t think the writing itself was that great.

Aftercare Instructions – Bonnie Pipkin

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Why I’d rewrite this book: This novel, from its description, centres around a teenage girl who gets an abortion and how she copes with that. However, the writing was not good and I found myself bored by the story. This is such an important issue though, that I hope other writers will / have covered.

The Hunger – Alma Katsu

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Why I’d rewrite this book: I love the premise of this book and it was well written, but it made me feel a bit uncomfortable it used the names of real people (from the Donner Party) and then put these horrible actions onto them.

Love Lessons – Jacqueline Wilson

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Why I’d rewrite this book: I love how Jacqueline Wilson takes sensitive and difficult topics and makes them accessible for teen and pre-teen readers. Everyone had a crush on a teacher at school (it’s a safe, harmless way to experience those feelings) but while I thought the teacher liking the main character back was so cute when I was 12, now it seems abusive. I’d rather Prue had explored getting over her crush and moving onto boys her own age.

4 thoughts on “Books I want to rewrite

  1. Ah dang I still have to read I Stop Somewhere but your comment on the writing is disheartening ….

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  2. I know what you mean, an author’s writing style can make or break a book. I think that good creative writing skills are rarely a natural talent but usually have to be honed and polished.
    I haven’t read any of the book you’ve mentioned but as a reader in her late 40s with two teenage girls, I agree with your re-evaluation on “Love Lessons”. I’m flabbergasted that Wilson would romanticise that!
    I wimped out of talking about specific books this week and did something different with my T5T. šŸ˜‰ I hope you enjoy the rest of your week. Here’s my Top 5 Tuesday Post
    Flora x

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